Physics aims to observe and explain the behaviour of the physical universe. In particular, physics looks for basic laws, which account for and predict what can be observed. Part of the appeal of the subject is that the physical world is governed by remarkably few such laws and that these apply everywhere and to everything.
The structure of the courses reflects the structure of the subject. All students take the core modules and choose further modules from the lists of options. The core modules introduce the fundamental principles, while the optional modules explore their applications in the different areas of physics including astrophysics, the properties of matter, particle physics and atmospheric physics. The option scheme also allows a proportion of modules to be taken from outside of physics. We encourage students not only to consider modules related to physics, for example in computing but also modules in philosophy and modern languages.
Please download the course booklet for more information. Below is a list of the individual modules in each year and more detail on their content can be found by following the links above.
THE FOUR-YEAR DEGREE COURSE (MPhys)
Students can opt for the four-year version of the degree. This has been designed primarily for students who are thinking of a career which makes substantial use of their knowledge of Physics. The first two years are the same as for the BSc.
YEAR THREE MPhys
Core: Quantum Physics of Atoms, Electrodynamics, Mathematical Methods for Physicists III, Physics Group Project, Physics Laboratory.
Options: Students choose their remaining Physics options in the BSc list above. YEAR FOUR MPhys
Core: Research project worth up to 25% of the year's credit.
Students choose around 12 modules from the groups of modules listed below with at least eight being Physics modules.
Astrophysics: Exo-Planets, High-energy Astrophysics, The Distant Universe
Classical Physics: General Relativity, Solar Magnetohydrodynamics, Physics of Fusion Power
Computing: High-performance Computing in Physics
Condensed Matter: Functional Properties of Materials, Structure and Dynamics of Solids
Quantum Theory and Particles: Relativistic Quantum Mechanics, Gauge Theories for Particle Physics, Neutrino Physics, Advanced Particle 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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