What you'll study
The course consists of 120 credits per year. Most modules are 20 credits, meaning you’ll study six modules each year. Some longer modules, such as a dissertation, are worth more (e.g. 40 credits). In these cases, you’ll study fewer modules - but the number of credits will always add up to 120.
First year modules
Introduction to Experimental Skills and Mathematics for Physics
This module introduces the scientific instruments and experimental skills that you'll need to study physics. You'll develop your maths abilities so that you can solve physics problems.
Experimental Physics and Mathematics 1
This module further develops your practical and maths skills. You'll explore aspects of practical physics through experiments in teams.
The Classical World
This module delivers essential physics covering two main themes: classical mechanics and optics. You'll study Newton's Laws and extend them to simple fluid dynamics.
Gravitation and Astronomy
On this module you'll study Kepler's Laws; observational astronomy and telescopes; stellar and galaxy evolution; and introductory cosmology.
Electricity and Magnetism with Computation
Discover electrostatics and magnetostatics and how to apply your knowledge of them. You'll also learn the essentials of Python, which is one of the most popular programming languages.
From the Quantum World to the Macro World – an Introduction to Quantum Physics and the Properties of Matter
Explore how quantum physics can explain the behaviour of atoms - and how that behaviour can in turn explain the macroscopic properties of the matter around us.
Second year modules
The laboratory is central to your studies where you learn to design experiments and develop practical skills. A global challenge module provides opportunity to tackle real world problems in an interdisciplinary team. Transfer between most physics courses - including the MPhys and BSc courses - is possible up to the end of the second year.
Experimental Physics and Mathematics 2
In lab classes, you'll develop your technique by creating experiments to solve specific problems. And in mathematics, you'll learn about differential equations and Fourier series.
Experimental Physics and Mathematics 3
Develop your own scientific investigations and do scientific research by designing experiments to answer a question that you set. You'll also learn about vector calculus.
Thermodynamics, Statistical Physics and Special Relativity
This module analyses the equilibrium behaviour of many-body systems from a macroscopic point of view (thermodynamics) and from a microscopic point of view (statistical physics).
Intermediate Quantum Mechanics with Advanced Computation
This course continues your exploration of quantum-based concepts. You'll use Schrödinger’s equation and its solutions in different situations and examine angular momentum and spin.
The Physics of Waves and Solid State
Study the essentials of wave phenomena leading up to electromagnetic waves and Maxwell's equations. You'll also learn about the electronic properties of solids.
Physics by Inquiry: Concepts and Relations
During this module, you'll use physics to solve real-life problems from a wide range of topics. There's also a lecture series on famous current and historical areas of physics.
Final year modules
You take advanced theoretical, practical and technological topics spanning the wide range of modern physics.
Advanced Quantum, Nuclear and Particle Physics
What are the key theories and experiments of nuclear and particle physics? How can we apply quantum mechanics to solve problems in nuclear and particle physics? What is a Hilbert space?
Numerical Modelling and Simulation with Research Project Planning
This module introduces you to a high-level of Python programming language. You'll learn about numerical techniques to solve a range of complex problems in physics or astrophysics.
Plan, research, conduct and report a scientific investigation, either individually or in a group. This might include programming, data acquisition and analysis, and a study of related literature.
Matter at Extremes
Discover basic concepts of magnetism and superconductivity and outline their role in key applications. You’ll also learn to describe and define the main characteristics of a plasma.
Gain insight and understanding of the basic physics that underpins several distinct areas in physics-based technologies in optics and electronics.
Galactic and Extra-Galactic Astronomy
This module develops your knowledge of the Milky Way and its structure, as well as other galaxies in the Universe and how they evolve.
All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.