## Physics Courses, Assessment and Degree Structure

In each academic year, your physics courses add up to a total of 120 ‘credits’. Each of the following is a 20-credit course, unless otherwise stated. Students currently on Physics with Acoustics take all Acoustics Options. Students currently on Pure and Applied Physics follow the BSc Physics programme at levels 5 and 6. For all programmes it is possible to take a placement year following successful completion of level 5. See also an overview of the different types of Physics Degrees.

**Click on any course title below to find detailed information** on syllabus, texts and full module specification (including assessment information). Course titles have their Course Reference Numbers (CRN’s) in brackets.

Reading Lists (**see also individual course pages below, in the first instance**)

### Physics Foundation Year (level 3)

**Semesters 1 & 2**

Foundation Physics A (50142)

[ *mechanics.matter.waves* ]

Foundation Physics B (50143)

[ *electricity.fields.atoms* ]

Foundation Physics Laboratory (50158) †

[ *design.analysis.experiments* ]

Foundation IT and Study Skills (50159)

[ *careers.skills.exercises* ]

**Semester 1 **

Foundation Mathematics 1 (52551)

[ *algebra.geometry.matrices* ]

**Semester 2**

Foundation Mathematics 2 (52552)

[ *vectors*.*calculus.series* ]

† Introduction to Probability and Statistics replaces Foundation Physics Laboratory for Mathematics with Foundation Year students

### Physics First Year (level 4)

**Semesters 1 & 2
**Mechanics, Relativity and Quantum Physics (59402)

Electricity, Magnetism and Light (59403)

Physics Laboratory 1 (59407)

Physics in Context (59406)

Modelling of Physical Systems (59404)

Mathematics (59405)

Electronic Engineering students only:

Semester 1

Mathematics 39013 (39013) [ *foundation.to.calculus* ]

**Semester 2**

Mathematics and Computing (31140) [ *theory*.*analysis*.*simulation* ]

### Physics Second Year (level 5)

**Semesters 1 & 2
**Electromagnetism (59408)

Thermal Physics (59410)

**Quantum Physics (59411)**

Waves and Optics (59412)

**Semester 1**

Physics Laboratory 2 (59409)

**Semester 2
**Group Project (59413) †

† or Principles of Acoustics or Foreign Language (S1 & S2) or Educational Principles and Practice in STEM

### Physics Third Year (level 6)

**Semesters 1 & 2**

Project in Physics (13748) – 40 credits

**Semester 1**

Nuclear and Particle Physics (60831)

Physics Laboratory 3 (60692)

**Semester 2**

Condensed Matter Physics (60832)

and

Astrophysics & Planetary Physics (60694) or Photonics & Nanotechnology (60695)

### Physics MPhys Fourth Year (level 7)

**Semesters 1 & 2**

Research Project (34049) – 60 credits

**Semester 1**

Advanced Quantum Mechanics (34048) – 30 credits

**Semester 2**

Thin Films and Materials Characterisation (34050) – 30 credits

Degree Classification

**i) BSc.** The class of degree awarded for BSc is calculated with a weighting of 75% from final year results and 25% from results of the previous year. While students are required to achieve all the necessary credits of their course, the 3-year BSc degree class is calculated using individual year results from the best 100 (of 120) credits.

**ii) MPhys.** The class of degree awarded for MPhys degree is calculated using the best 100 (of 120) credits from levels 5 and 6 and all 120 credits from level 7 with a weighting of 50% from level 7 year, 35% from level 6 and 15% from 5.