Mathematics and physics are complementary subjects and make a sensible combination to study at university. There are many examples of unexpected discoveries resulting from the interaction between the two disciplines. Ideas developed in particle physics have led to advances in topology - one of the purest branches of mathematics. Advances in the understanding of chaos provide another example. Ideas from the theory are being applied increasingly in the modeling of complex physical systems such as the atmosphere and lasers.
The Warwick joint courses (BSc and MMathPhys) are now among the best-established in the country with around 50 students starting each year. The courses include a significant proportion of modules from both contributing departments designed primarily for joint degree students. It is possible at the end of the First Year to transfer to either of the single subject degrees. Years one and two are common to the two courses.
Warwick is strong in research in a number of branches of mathematics and physics and is well-placed to offer accounts of those developments likely to be of most interest to joint degree students. These include non-linear systems (there are modules on the weather, modeling of biological systems, and complexity theory) and theoretical physics.
Please download the course booklet for more information. The modules are listed below and more detailed descriptions of their content are given in the links above.
THE FOUR YEAR DEGREE (MMathPhys)
The four-year version of the degree should appeal most to those who are thinking of a career which makes substantial use of their knowledge of Mathematics and Physics. The first two years are the same as for the BSc.
YEAR THREE (MMathPhys)
Core: Fluid Dynamics, Quantum Physics of Atoms, Electrodynamics, Practical Work Options: Students take further modules from the lists of Mathematics and Physics options open to the BSc students.
YEAR FOUR (MMathPhys)
Students complete a project worth up to 25% of the year’s credit. They then select further modules from lists of options:
Mathematics: Advanced Partial Differential Equations, Measure Theory, Topics in Mathematical Biology, Fractal Geometry, Quantum Mechanics: Principles and Probabilistic Methods, Dynamical Systems, Fourier Analysis
Physics: Exo-Planets, High-energy Astrophysics, Relativistic Electrodynamics, General Relativity, Solar Magnetohydrodynamics, Quantum Theory of Interacting Particles, Functional Properties of Materials, Structure, and Dynamics of Solids, Gauge Theories for Particle Physics, Neutrino Physics, Relativistic Quantum Mechanics, Advanced Particle Physics, High-performance Computing in Physics
Outside Options: There is no formal list of outside options. However, students can follow almost any module from outside the Department provided that the timetable permits this.
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Last updated February 18, 2018