## Physics Courses, Assessment and Degree Structure

In each academic year, your courses add up to a total of 120 ‘credits’. Each of the following is a 20-credit course, unless otherwise stated. It is possible to take a placement year following successful completion of level 5 (second year). See also an overview of the different types of Physics Degrees.

**Click on any course title below to find more 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)

### 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)

**Degree Classification**

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.