# Physics BSc (Hons)

- Course length: 3 years
- UCAS code: F300
- Year of entry: 2021
- Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : Applications considered

## Honours Select

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## Honours Select 100

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## Honours Select 75

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## Honours Select 50

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## Honours Select 25

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## Study abroad

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## Year in China

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### Module details

### Programme Year One

The first year starts with a one-week project to familiarise you with the staff and other students. There will be two maths modules in each of the first two years; these are designed to provide the mathematical skills required by physics students.

#### Year One Compulsory Modules

##### Foundations of Modern Physics (PHYS104)

**Level**1 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**70:30 **Aims**To introduce the theory of special relativity and its experimental proofs. To carry out calculations using relativity and visualise them. To introduce the concepts and the experimental foundations of quantum theory. To carry out simple calculations related to quantum mechanical problem tasks. To show the impact of relativity and quantum theory on contemporary science and society.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) An understanding why classical mechanics must have failed to describe the properties of light, the motion of objects with speeds close to the speed of light and the properties of microspopic systems.

(LO2) A basic knowledge on the experimental and theoretical concepts which founded modern physics, i.e. that either relativity or quantum theory or both are needed to explain certain phenomena.

(LO3) A knowledge of the postulates of special relativity.

(LO4) An understanding of the concept of spacetime, of the relativity of length, time and velocity.

(LO5) An ability to apply the Lorentz transformation and the concept of Lorentz invariance to simple cases

(LO6) An ability to apply the equations of relativistic energy, momentum and rest mass.

(LO7) An understanding of the Doppler effect for light and visualisation of relativistic effects.

(LO8) An ability to solve problems based on special relativity.

(LO9) An understanding why quantum theory is the conceptual framework to understand the microscopic properties of the universe.

(LO10) An understanding of the quantum theory of light and the ability to apply the energy-momentum conservation for light, e.g. photo-electric effect, Compton effect.

(LO11) An understanding of the structure of atoms and its experimental foundations.

(LO12) An understanding of Bohr's theory of the atom and its application to the H-atom including the concept of principal quantum numbers.

(LO13) An understanding of de Broglie waves and their statistical interpretation.

(LO14) An ability to explain the experimental evidence of de Broglie waves with scattering experiments of electrons, X-rays and neutrons.

(LO15) An understanding of the principles of quantum mechanical measurements and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle.

(LO16) An understanding of the identity principle of microscopic particles and the basic idea of quantum (Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein) statistics.

(LO17) A basic knowledge of contemporary applications of quantum theory and relativity, e.g. nuclear reactor and nuclear fissions, and the impact on our society.

(S1) problem solving

##### Introduction to Computational Physics (PHYS105)

**Level**1 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**0:100 **Aims**To develop the ability to break down physical problems into steps amenable to solution using algorithms To develop skills in using computers to perform and run algorithms To introduce techniques for analysing and presenting data To introduce elemenatry Monte Carlo techniques To introduce basic computer algebra To illustrate the insight into physics which can be obtained using computational methods

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) Ability to produce algorithms to solve simple physical problems.

(LO2) Ability to program and use simple algorithms on a computer

(LO3) Ability to analyse and present physical data

(LO4) Ability to produce simple Monte Carlo models

(LO5) Ability to carry out basic symbolic manipulations using a computer

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Communication skills

(S3) IT skills

##### Mathematics for Physicists I (PHYS107)

**Level**1 **Credit level**15 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**70:30 **Aims**To provide a foundation for the mathematics required by physical scientists. To assist students in acquiring the skills necessary to use the mathematics developed in the module.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) A good working knowledge of differential and integral calculus

(LO2) Familiarity with some of the elementary functions common in applied mathematics and science

(LO3) An introductory knowledge of functions of several variables

(LO4) Manipulation of complex numbers and use them to solve simple problems involving fractional powers

(LO5) An introductory knowledge of series

(LO6) A good rudimentary knowledge of simple problems involving statistics: binomial and Poisson distributions, mean, standard deviation, standard error of mean

(S1) Problem solving skills

##### Mathematics for Physicists II (PHYS108)

**Level**1 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**70:30 **Aims**To consolidate and extend the understanding of mathematics required for the physical sciences. To develop the student’s ability to apply the mathematical techniques developed in the module to the understanding of physical problems.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) Ability to manipulate matrices with confidence and use matrix methods to solve simultaneous linear equations.

(LO2) Familiarity with methods for solving first and second order differential equations in one variable.

(LO3) A basic knowledge of vector algebra.

(LO4) A basic understanding of Fourier series and transforms.

(LO5) A basic understanding of series methods for the solution of differential equations

(S1) Numeracy

(S2) Problem solving skills

(S3) Teamwork

##### Newtonian Dynamics (PHYS101)

**Level**1 **Credit level**15 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**70:30 **Aims**To introduce the fundamental concepts and principles of classical mechanics at an elementary level. To provide an introduction to the study of fluids. To introduce the use of elementary vector algebra in the context of mechanics.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the laws of classical mechanics

(LO2) understand physical quantities with magnitudes, directions (where applicable), units and uncertainties

(LO3) apply the laws of mechanics to statics, linear motion, motion in a plane, rotational motion, simple harmonic motion and gravitation.

(LO4) Apply the laws of mechanics to unseen situations and solve problems.

(LO5) Develop a knowledge and understanding of the analysis of linear and rotational motion

(LO6) Develop a knowledge and understanding of the analysis of orbits, gravity, simple harmonic motion and fluid flow.

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Analytic skills applied to situations.

##### Practical Physics I (PHYS106)

**Level**1 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Whole Session **Exam:Coursework weighting**0:100 **Aims**To provide a core of essential introductory laboratory methods which overlap and develop from A-Level; to introduce the basis of experimental techniques in physical measurement, the use of computer techniques in analysis, and to provide experience in doing experiments, keeping records and writing reports; to compliment the core physics program with experimental examples of material taught in the lecture courses.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) An awareness of the importance of accurate experimentation, particularly observation and record keeping.

(LO2) An ability to plan, execute and report on the results of an investigation using appropriate analysis of the data and associated uncertainties.

(LO3) An ability to organise their time and meet deadlines.

(LO4) An understanding of the interaction between theory and experiment, in particular the ties to the material presented in the lecture courses.

(LO5) Experience of the practical nature of physics.

(LO6) Developed analytical skills in the analysis of the data

(LO7) Developed communication skills in the presentation of the investigation in a clear and logical manner

(LO8) Developed investgative skills in performing the experiment and extracting information from various sources with which to compare the results

(LO9) Developed the ability to organise their time and meet deadlines

(LO10) Understand the interaction between theory and experiment, in particular the ties to the material presented in the lecture courses.

(S1) Practical and technical skill required for physics experimentation and an appreciation of the importance of a systematic approach to experimental measurement.

##### Thermal Physics and Properties of Matter (PHYS102)

**Level**1 **Credit level**15 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**70:30 **Aims**The module aims to make the student familiar with

• The concepts of Thermal Physics

• The zeroth, first and second laws of Thermodynamics

• Heat engines

• The kinetic theory of gases

• Entropy

• The equation of state

• Van der Waals equation

• States of matter and state changes

• Mechanical properties of solids

• The basis of statistical mechanics**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) Be able to link the microscopic view of a system to its macroscopic state variables

(LO2) Be able to derive and use Maxwell's relations

(LO3) Calculate the linear and volume thermal expansions of materials

(LO4) Analyse the expected performance of heat engines, heat pumps and refrigerators

(LO5) Calculate the heat flow into and work done by a system and how that is constrained by the first law of thermodynamics

(LO7) Understand the PV and PT diagrams for materials and the phase transitions that occur when changing the state variables for materials

(LO9) Use the theory of equipartition to relate the structure of molecules to the measured heat capacity

(LO10) Relate the second law of thermodynamics to the operation of heat engines, heat pumps and refrigerators, particularly the Carnot engine

(LO11) Understand the kinetic theory of gases and calculate properties of gases including the heat capacity and mean free path

(LO12) Understand the basis of entropy and relate this to the second law of thermodynamics and calculate entropy changes

##### Wave Phenomena (PHYS103)

**Level**1 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**70:30 **Aims**To introduce the fundamental concepts and principles of wave phenomena. To highlight the many diverse areas of physics in which an understanding of waves is crucial. To introduce the concepts of interference and diffraction.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) Demonstrate an understanding of oscillators.

(LO2) Understand the fundamental principles underlying wave phenomena.

(LO4) Understand wave reflection and transmission, superposition of waves.

(LO5) Solve problems on the behaviour of electromagnetic waves in vacuo and in dielectric materials.

(LO6) Understand linear and circular polarisation.

(LO7) Understand inteference and diffraction effects.

(LO8) Understand lenses and optical instruments.

(LO9) Apply Fourier techniques and understand their link to diffraction patterns.

(LO10) Understand the basic principles of lasers

(S1) Problem solving

#### Year One Optional Modules

##### Introduction to Astrophysics (PHYS155)

**Level**1 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**70:30 **Aims**To provide students with a broad introduction to astronomy and the constituents of the universe To explain how observations support our understanding of stars, galaxies, and the Universe as a whole To introduce students to the methods by which astronomers measure the brightness, properties and distance of astronomical objects

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) A basic knowledge of the structure and constituents of the Universe ranging in scale from the Solar System to clusters of galaxies

(LO2) Ability to outline the methods which astronomers employ to gather and analyse data

(LO3) Understanding of the techniques of measurement of brightness and distance of astronomical objects

(LO4) Knowledge of the current cosmological model and the evidence supporting it

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Communication skills

(S3) IT skills

##### Introduction to Medical Physics (PHYS115)

**Level**1 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**70:30 **Aims**To provide the students with a broad introduction to medical physics To provide the students with the physics basis for measurement techniques used in medicine To develop skills in mathematical calculations directly related to Medical Physics. To develop the broad physics knowledge required for Medical Physics

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) Basic understanding of the underlying physics properties and ideas that are utilised in medical physics

(LO2) Basic knowledge of the physics involved in measurement techniques used in medicine

(LO3) Understanding of the techniques used in measurements in medical applications

(LO4) Ability to solve simple problems in medical physics

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Communication skills

(S3) IT skills

##### Introduction to Nuclear Science (PHYS135)

**Level**1 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**70:30 **Aims**To provide the students with a broad introduction to nuclear science To provide the students with the physics basis for measurements used in nuclear science To attract students to nuclear science pathways

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) Basic understanding of the underlying physics properties and ideas that are utilised in nuclear science

(LO2) Basic knowledge of the physics involved in measurement techniques used in nuclear science

(LO3) Understanding of the techniques used in measurements in nuclear applications

(LO4) Ability to solve simple problems in nuclear science

(S1) Problem solving skills

##### Introduction to Physics for Education (PHYS165)

**Level**1 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**0:100 **Aims**• To develop skills with spreadsheets • To develop skills in using computers to perform mathematical calculations • To illustrate the insight into physics which can be obtained by exploiting computational software packages • To improve science students' skills in communicating scientific information in appropriate written and oral formats • To provide students with a broad introduction to astronomy and observational techniques • To provide experience in using astronomy concepts to solve quantitative and qualitative problems • To provide students with experience in communicating physics and astronomy concepts to A-Level and school aged audiences • To provide the students with knowledge and skills in tailoring their communication for outreach to A-Level and school aged audiences. • To provide student with the opportunity to reflect on their own learning.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) Ability to communicate more confidently

(LO2) Understanding of some of the key factors in successful communication

(LO3) Know and describe the evolution of stars and structure of the universe at various scales

(LO4) Know and use basic astronomical concepts to solvequantitative and qualitative problems related to distance and brightnessmeasurements, instrumentation and detectors

(LO5) Know and describe the basic methods used by astronomers tocollect information about stars

(LO6) Prepare and deliver a hands-on outreach activity for a small school aged audience with assistance and support

(LO7) Apply knowledge of tailoring communication by altering and delivering the activity to suit a second, different audience

(LO8) Describe reasons for communication success to two different audiences through a reflective journal

(LO9) Summarise reasons for success of the sessions prepared through a reflective journal

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Communication skills

(S3) IT skills

### Programme Year Two

In Year Two you will broaden your understanding of physics, with modules designed to ensure you have mastered the full range of physics concepts.

#### Year Two Compulsory Modules

##### Condensed Matter Physics (PHYS202)

**Level**2 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**70:30 **Aims**The aims of this module are to introduce the most important and basic concepts in condensed matter physics relating to the different materials we commonly see in the world around us. Condensed matter physics is one of the most active areas of research in modern physics, whose scope is extremely broad. The ultimate aim of this module is to introduce its central ideas and methodology to the students.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) Students will have the knowledge and skills to understand the basic concepts of bonding in solids, establish an understanding of electron configuration in atoms and in the condensed matter in terms of bonding, and relating them to band structure description.

(LO2) Students will be able to understand how solid structures are described mathematically and how material properties can be predicted.

(LO3) Students will be able to establish a foundation in basic crystallography, using Bragg's law, and understand the concept of the reciprocal lattice.

(LO4) Students will understand basic transport properties, both electronic and thermal, in solids.

(LO5) Students will understand the concept of electron and hole carrier statistics, effective masses and transport in intrinsic and extrinsic semiconductors

(LO6) Students will learn the basics of magnetism, the atomic origin and classical treatment of diamagnetism and paramagnetism, quantization of angular momentum and Hund's rule, and introduced to weak magnetism in solids.

(LO7) Students will become familiar to the general language of condensed matter physics, key theories and concepts, ultimately enebling them to read and understand research papers.

##### Electromagnetism I (PHYS201)

**Level**2 **Credit level**15 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**70:30 **Aims**To introduce the fundamental concepts and principles of electrostatics, magnetostatics, electromagnetism, Maxwell's equations, and electromagnetic waves; to introduce differential vector analysis in the context of electromagnetism; to introduce circuit principles and analysis (EMF, Ohm's law, Kirchhoff's rules, RC and RLC circuits); to introduce the formulation fo Maxwell's equations in the presence of dielectric and magnetic materials; to develop the ability of students to apply Maxwell's equations to simple problems involving dielectric and magnetic materials; to develop the concepts of field theories in Physics using electromagnetism as an example; to introduce light as an electromagnetic wave.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) Demonstrate a good knowledge of the laws of electromagnetism and an understanding of the practical meaning of Maxwell's equations in integral and differential forms.

(LO2) Apply differential vector analysis to electromagnetism.

(LO3) Demonstrate simple knowledge and understanding of how the presence of matter affects electrostatics and magnetostatics, and the ability to solve simple problems in these situations.

(LO4) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how the laws are altered in the case of non-static electric and magnetic fields and the ability to solve simple problems in these situations.

(S1) Problem solving skills.

(S2) Analytic skills applied to the study of electromagnetic phenomena.

(S3) Mathematical skills applied for the development of deep intuition on electromagnetic phenomena and to the study of physical systems.

##### Mathematics for Physicists III (PHYS207)

**Level**2 **Credit level**15 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**70:30 **Aims**To re-inforce students' prior knowledge of mathematical techniques To introduce new mathematical techniques for physics modules To enhance students' problem-solving abilities through structured application of these techniques in physics

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) At the end of the module the student should be able to: Have knowledge of a range of mathematical techniques necessary for physics and astrophysics programmes Be able to apply these mathematical techniques in a range of physics and astrophysics programmes

(S1) Numeracy/computational skills - Reason with numbers/mathematical concepts

(S2) Numeracy/computational skills - Problem solving

##### Nuclear and Particle Physics (PHYS204)

**Level**2 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**70:30 **Aims**To introduce Rutherford and related scattering; to introduce nuclear size, mass and decay modes; to provide some applications and examples of nuclear physics; to introduce particle physics, including interactions, reactions and decay; to show some recent experimental discoveries; to introduce relativistic 4-vectors for applications to collision problems.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) basic understanding of Rutherford, electron on neutron scattering

(LO2) understanding of the basic principles that determine nuclear size, mass and decay modes

(LO3) knowledge of examples and applications of nuclear physics

(LO4) knowledge of elementary particles and their interactions

(LO5) basic understanding of relativistic 4-vectors

##### Practical Physics II (PHYS206)

**Level**2 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Whole Session **Exam:Coursework weighting**0:100 **Aims**To teach how to setup and calibrate equipment, take reliable data, obtain experimental results with associated errors, compare experimental results with theoretical expectations, use computer software for simulation and data analysis, write experimental reports and scientific papers, understand physics in depth by performing experiments, develop practical and technical skills required for electronics experimentation, use electronics in physical and technical applications.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) The students will acquire systematic understanding of practical physics and learn how to perform experiments using modern techniques.

(LO2) They will understand in details the fundamental physics behind the experiments.

(LO3) They will be trained in data analysis techniques using modern IT packages.

(LO4) They will be familiar with modern techniques of data acquisition.

(LO5) They will have enhanced ability to plan, execute and report the results of an investigation.

(LO6) They will understand the concept of measurement errors and how they propagate to the final results.

(LO7) They will be able to initiate and carry out projects.

(S1) Numeracy.

(S2) Teamwork.

(S3) Communication skills.

(S4) Commercial awareness.

(S5) Organisational skills.

(S6) IT skills.

(S7) Leadership.

(S8) Business and customer awareness basic understanding of the key drivers for business success – including the importance of innovation and taking calculated risks – and the need to provide customer satisfaction and build customer loyalty.

(S9) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations.

(S10) Communication and collaboration online participating in digital networks for learning and research.

(S11) Information technology (application of) adopting, adapting and using digital devices, applications and services.

(S12) Positive attitude/ self-confidence A 'can-do' approach, a readiness to take part and contribute; openness to new ideas and the drive to make these happen.

(S13) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S14) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others.

(S15) Literacy application of literacy, ability to produce clear, structured written work and oral literacy - including listening and questioning.

(S16) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning.

(S17) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting & using data, applying research methods, applying ethics.

(S18) Media literacy online critically reading and creatively producing academic and professional communications in a range of media.

##### Quantum and Atomic Physics I (PHYS203)

**Level**2 **Credit level**15 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**70:30 **Aims**To introduce students to the concepts of quantum theory. To show how Schrodinger's equation is applied to bound states (well potentials, harmonic oscillator, hydrogen atoms, multi-electron atoms) and particle flux (scattering) . To show how quantum ideas provide an understanding of atomic structure.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) At the end of the module the student should have an understanding of the reasons why microscopic systems require quantum description and statistical interpretation.

(LO2) At the end of the module the student should have knowledge of the Schrodinger equation and how it is formulated to describe simple physical systems.

(LO3) At the end of the module the student should have understanding of the basic technique of using Schrodinger's equation and ability to determine solutions in simple cases.

(LO4) At the end of the module the student should have understanding of how orbital angular momentum is described in quantum mechanics and why there is a need for spin.

(LO5) At the end of the module the student should have understanding how the formalism of quantum mechanics describes the structure of atomic hydrogen and, schematically, how more complex atoms are described.

##### Computational Physics (PHYS205)

**Level**2 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Whole Session **Exam:Coursework weighting**0:100 **Aims**To revise and further develop Python programming skills.

To develop the ability to devise new and apply existing algorithms to solve physical problems.

To develop the ability to clearly and efficiently implement algorithms using Python.

To develop skills in modelling physical situations and problems using computational techniques.

To develop students' skills in small-group working, including planning and coordinating group work.

To further develop written and oral communication skills.**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) Knowledge of basic Python programming techniques.

(LO2) An appreciation of a range of algorithms appropriate to, and some experience of devising simple algorithms for, the solution of physical problems.

(LO3) A basic understanding of the requirements for writing efficient and comprehensible Python programs.

Some experience of working in and managing small groups.(LO4) An understanding of how results can be communicated in a clear and interesting manner, on a poster, in a written report and orally.

(S1) Programming in Python

(S2) Problem solving

#### Year Two Optional Modules

##### Accelerators and Radioisotopes in Medicine (PHYS246)

**Level**2 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**To introduce the students to ionising and non ionising radiation including its origins and production; to introduce the various ways in which radiation interacts with materials; to introduce the different accelerators and isotopes used in medicine and to give examples of their use.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) A basic knowledge of the origins of radiation and its properties.

(LO2) An understanding of ways in which radiation interacts with materials.

(LO3) An understanding of how accelerators operate and how isotopes are produced.

(LO4) Knowledge of applications of the use of accelerators and isotopes in medicine.

(S1) Problem solving skills

##### Mathematics for Physicists IV (PHYS208)

**Level**2 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**70:30 **Aims**To re-inforce students' prior knowledge of mathematical techniques; to introduce new mathematical techniques for physics modules; to enhance students' problem-solving abilities through structured application of these techniques in physics.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) To have the knowledge of a range of advanced mathematical techniques necessary for physics and astrophysics programmes.

(LO2) To be able to apply these mathematical techniques in a range of physics and astrophysics programmes.

(S1) Numeracy/computational skills.

### Programme Year Three

The third year comprises a mix of core modules and many optional modules in physics. You will undertake a research project with a member of

#### Year Three Compulsory Modules

##### Advanced Practical Physics (BSc) (PHYS378)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**0:200 **Aims**To give further training in laboratory techniques, in the use of computer packages for modelling and analysis, and in the use of modern instruments; to develop the students' independent judgement in performing physics experiments; to encourage students to research aspects of physics complementary to material met in lectures and tutorials; to consolidate the students ability to produce good quality work against realistic deadlines.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) Experience of taking physics data with modern equipment.

(LO2) Knowledge of some experimental techniques not met in previous laboratory practice.

(LO3) Developed a personal responsibility for assuring that data taken is of a high quality Increased skills in data taking and error analysis.

(S1) Increased skills in reporting experiments and an appreciation of the factors needed to produce clear and complete reports.

(S2) Improved skills in the time management and organisation of their experimental procedures to meet deadlines.

(S3) Experience working as an individual and in small groups.

##### Electromagnetism II (PHYS370)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**To build on first and second year modules on electricity, magnetism and waves by understanding a range of electromagnetic phenomena in terms of Maxwell's equations; to understand the properties of solutions to the wave equation for electromagnetic fields in free space, in matter (non-dispersive and dispersive dielectrics, and conductors); to understand the behaviour of electromagnetic waves at boundaries; to understand the behaviour of electromagnetic waves in cavities, waveguides and transmission lines; to understand the properties of electric dipole radiation; to introduce an explicity covariant formulation of electromagnetism in special relativity'o further develop students' problem-solving and analytic skills.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) An understanding of the properties of solutions to the wave equation for electromagnetic fields in free space and in matter (non-dispersive and dispersive dielectrics, and conductors).

(LO2) An understanding of the behaviour of electromagnetic waves at boundaries.

(LO3) An understanding of the behaviour of electromagnetic waves in cavities, waveguides and transmission lines.

(LO4) An understanding of the properties of electric dipole radiation.

(LO5) The ability to explain an explicity covariant formulation of electromagnetism in special relativity.

(S1) Problem solving skills.

(S2) Numeracy.

(S3) Communication skills.

##### Quantum and Atomic Physics II (PHYS361)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**To build on the second year module on Quantum and Atomic Physics To develop the formalism of quantum mechanics To develop an understanding that atoms are quantum systems To enable the student to follow elementary quantum mechanical arguments in the literature

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) Understanding of the role of wavefunctions, operators, eigenvalue equations, symmetries, compatibility/non-compatibility of observables and perturbation theory in quantum mechanical theory.

(LO2) An ability to solve straightforward problems - different bound states and perturbing interactions.

(LO3) Developed knowledge and understanding of the quantum mechanical description of atoms - single particle levels, coupled angular momentum, fine structure, transition selection rules.

(LO4) Developed a working knowledge of interactions, electron configurations and coupling in atoms.

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Analytic skills applied to quantum systems

##### Statistical Physics (PHYS393)

**Level**3 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**• To build on material presented in earlier Thermal Physics and Quantum Mechanics courses

• To develop the statistical treatment of quantum systems

• To use theoretical techniques to predict experimental observables

• To introduce the basic principles governing the behaviour of liquid helium and superconductors in cooling techniques**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) Understanding of the statistical basis of entropy and temperature

(LO2) Ability to devise expressions for observables, (heat capacity, magnetisation) from statistical treatment of quantum systems

(LO3) Understanding of Maxwell Boltzmann, Fermi-Dirac and Bose Einstein gases

#### Year Three Optional Modules

##### Solid State Physics (PHYS363)

**Level**3 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**To develop concepts introduced in Year 1 and Year 2 modules which relate to solids; to consolidate concepts related to crystal structure; to introduce the concept of reciprocal space and diffraction; to enable the students to apply these concepts to the description of crystals,transport properties and the electronic structure of condensed matter; to illustrate the use of these concepts in scientific research in condensed matter; to introduce various other solids.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) Familiarity with the crystalline nature of both perfect and real materials.

(LO2) An understanding of the fundamental principles of the properties of condensed matter.

(LO3) An appreciation of the relationship between the real space and the reciprocal space view of the properties of crystalline matter.

(LO4) An ability to describe the crystal structure and electronic structure of matter

(LO5) An awareness of current physics research in condensed matter.

(S1) An ability to describe the crystal structure and electronic structure of matter.

##### Communicating Science (PHYS391)

**Level**3 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**0:100 **Aims**To improve science students' skills in communicating scientific information in a wide range of contexts To develop students' understanding of some concepts of: Science in general Their particular area of science Other areas of science

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) An ability to communicate more confidently

(LO2) An understanding of some of the key factors in successfulcommunication

(LO3) An appreciation of the needs of different audiences

(LO4) Experience of a variety of written and oral media

(LO5) A broader appreciation of science and particular areas ofscience

(S1) Communication skills

(S2) Problem solving skills

(S3) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions, communicating in a foreign language, influencing, presentations

(S4) Media literacy online critically reading and creatively producing academic and professional communications in a range of media

(S5) Team (group) working respecting others, co-operating, negotiating / persuading, awareness of interdependence with others

(S6) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning

(S7) Organisational skills

(S8) Teamwork

(S9) Lifelong learning skills

##### Group Physics Project (PHYS395)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**0:100 **Aims**To give students an insight into applied or academic research To help students gain a better understanding of the needs of industry and academia and the opportunities available to them as physicists To give students experience in team work and project management To encourage self-assessment To improve communication with clients and with research collaborators

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) An understanding and experience of team work.

(LO2) An ability to work in a team to carryout a research project set by a sponsor.

(LO3) An understanding of how to obtain information, evaluate its relevance, write a scientific report and present a poster covering the relevant material.

(LO4) An appreciation of the need to collaborate in order to satisfy a client's requirements.

##### Introduction to Particle Physics (PHYS377)

**Level**3 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**To build on the second year module involving Nuclear and Particle Physics To develop an understanding of the modern view of particles, of their interactions and the Standard Model

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) At the end of the module the student should have: Basic understanding of relativistic kinematics (as applied to collisions, decay processes and cross sections)

(LO2) Descriptive knowledge of the Standard Model using a non rigorous Feynman diagram approach

(LO3) Knowledge of the fundamental particles of the Standard Model and the experimental evidence for the Standard Model

(LO4) Knowledge of conservation laws and discrete symmetries

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Numeracy

##### Materials Physics and Characterisation (PHYS387)

**Level**3 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**• To teach the properties and methods of preparation of a range of materials of scientific and technological importance

• To develop an understanding of the experimental techniques of materials characterisation

• To introduce materials such as amorphous solids, liquid crystals and polymers and to develop an understanding of the relationship between structure and physical properties for such materials

• To illustrate the concepts and principles by reference to examples**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) An understanding of the atomic structure in crystalline and amorphous materials

(LO2) Knowledge of the methods used for preparing single crystals and amorphous materials

(LO3) Knowledge of the experimental techniques used in materials characterisation

(LO4) Knowledge of the physical properties of superconducting, liquid crystal and polymer materials

(LO5) An appreciation of the factors involved in the design of biomaterials

(S1) Problem solving skills

##### Nuclear Physics (PHYS375)

**Level**3 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**To build on the second year module involving Nuclear Physics; to develop an understanding of the modern view of nuclei, how they are modelled and of nuclear decay processes.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) Knowledge of evidence for the shell model of nuclei, its development and the successes and failures of the model in explaining nuclear properties.

(LO2) Knowledge of the collective vibrational and rotational models of nuclei.

(LO3) Basic knowledge of nuclear decay processes, alpha decay and fission, of gamma-ray transitions and internal conversion.

(LO4) Knowledge of electromagnetic transitions in nuclei.

(S1) How to use mathematics to describe the physical world.

(S2) How to tackle problems in physics and formulate an appropriate solution.

(S3) How to compare results critically with predictions from theory.

##### Physics of Energy Sources (PHYS388)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**To develop an ability which allows educated and well informed opinions to be formed by the next generation of physicists on a wide range of issues in the context of the future energy needs of man To describe and understand methods of utilising renewable energy sources such as hydropower, tidal power, wave power, wind power and solar power. To give knowledge and understanding of the design and operation of nuclear reactors To give knowledge and understanding of nuclear fusion as a source of power To give knowledge and understanding relevant to overall safety in the nuclear power industry To describe the origin of environmental radioactivity and understand the effects of radiation on humans

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) At the end of the module the student should have: Learned the fundamental physical principles underlying energy production using conventional and renewable energy sources Learned the fundamental physical principles underlying nuclear fission and fusion reactors Studied the applications of these principles in the design issues power generation An appreciation of the role of mathematics in modelling power generation Learned the fundamental physical principles concerning the origin and consequences of environmental radioactivity Developed an awareness of the safety issues involved in exposure to radiation Developed problem solving skills based on the material presented Developed an appreciation of the problems of supplying the required future energy needs and the scope and issues associated with the different possible methods

##### Physics of Life (PHYS382)

**Level**3 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**To introduce students to the physical principles needed to address important problems such as climate change, the loss of biodiversity, the understanding of ecological systems, the growth of resistance to antibiotics, the challenge of sustainable development and the study of disease. These problems offer excellent opportunities for rewarding careers.

**Learning Outcomes** An understanding of the conditions necessary for life to evolve in a universe.

An understanding of the thermodynamics and organization of living things.

Familiarity with physical techniques used in the study of biological systems. ##### Planetary Physics (PHYS355)

**Level**3 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**70:30 **Aims**To provide a background in Geophysics and solar system planetary science towards the understanding of exoplanet system research; to introduce methods of exoplanet detection, and current physical understanding of exoplanet systems.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) Understanding of the principles of physics applied to understanding the interior of the Earth.

(LO2) Understanding of theories of solar system formation and evolution, including orbital evolution.

(LO3) Understanding of models of the interiors, atmospheres and magnetospheres of planets in the solar system.

(LO4) Understanding and application of methods of exoplanet detection.

(LO5) Introduction to planetary study of non-solar system bodies.

(S1) Problem solving skills.

(S2) Numeracy.

(S3) IT skills.

##### Project (BSc) (PHYS379)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**0:100 **Aims**To give students experience of working independently on an original physics-based or physics-related problem To give students an opportunity to display the high quality of their work To give students an opportunity to display qualities such as initiative and ingenuity To improve students ability to keep daily records of the work in hand and its outcomes To give students experience of report writing displaying high standards of composition and production To give an opportunity for students to display communication skills

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) At the end of the module the student should have: Experience of participation in planning all aspects of the work; Improved skills and initiative in carrying out investigations to test a hypothesis

(LO2) Experience researching literature and other sources of relevant information; Encountered research-led material

(LO3) Improved ability to organise and manage time; Improved skills in making up a diary recording day by day progress of the project

(LO4) Improved skills in report writing, and the clear and accurate communication of scientific informationImproved skills in the critical analysis of an experiment or an investigation and setting them in context

(LO5) Improved skills in preparing and delivering oral presentations and the defence of the results of the project

(S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S2) Communication skills

(S3) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning

##### Relativity and Cosmology (PHYS374)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**80:20 **Aims**To introduce the ideas of general relativity and demonstrate its relevance to modern astrophysics; to provide students with a full and rounded introduction to modern observational cosmology; to develop the basic theoretical background required to understand and appreciate the significance of recent results from facilities such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) The ability to explain the relationship between Newtonian gravity and Einstein's General Relativity (GR).

(LO2) Understanding of the concept of curved space time and knowledge of metrics.

(LO3) A broad and up-to-date knowledge of the basic ideas, most important discoveries and outstanding problems in modern cosmology.

(LO4) Knowledge of how simple cosmological models of the universe are constructed.

(LO5) The ability to calculate physical parameters and make observational predictions for a range of such models.

##### Semiconductor Applications (PHYS389)

**Level**3 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**To develop the physics concepts describing semiconductors in sufficient details for the purpose of understanding the construction and operation of common semiconductor devices

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) At the end of the module the student should have: Knowledge of the basic theory of p-n junctions Knowledge of the structure and function of a variety of semiconductor devices An overview of semiconductor device manufacturing processes Knowledge of the basic processes involved in the interaction of radiation with matter Understanding the application of semiconductors in Nuclear and Particle physics

##### Surfaces and Interfaces (PHYS381)

**Level**3 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**100:0 **Aims**To develop a syllabus to describe the properties of surfaces; to convey an understanding of the physical properties of surfaces; to provide knowledge of a raneg of surface characterisation techniques; to illustrate surface processes and their relevance to technologies.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) To explain how the presence of the surface alters physical properties such as atomic an electronic structure.

(LO2) To choose the right characterisation technique to assess different surface properties.

(LO3) To have gained an appreciation of surface processes and their relevance to the modification of surface properties.

(LO4) To be able to describe surface alterations and processes using the right terminology.

(S1) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S2) Problem solving skills.

(S3) Organisational skills.

##### Undergraduate Ambassadors Project (PHYS396)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**0:100 **Aims**To provide undergraduates with key transferable skills. To provide students with opportunity to learn to communicate physics at different levels. To provide students with work-place experience. To provide students with the opportunity to work with staff in a different environment with different priorities to the University. To provide teaching experience that encourages undergraduates to consider a career in teaching. To supply role models for secondary school students. To provide support and teaching assistance to secondary school teachers. To encourage a new generation of physicists.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) Communicate physicseffectively to others

(LO2) Plan a lesson

(LO3) Design a worksheet

(LO4) Evaluate their planning

(LO5) Assess the effectiveness of a session or worksheet that they have designed

(LO6) Manage small groups ofpupils (e.g. to complete an experiment)

(LO7) Prioritise their work

(S1) Communication skills - ability to communicate complex information effectively and concisely by means of written documents, presentations or discussion. ability to use technical language appropriately

(S2) Ethical behaviour - appreciate what constitues unethical scientific and social science behaviour

(S3) Investigative Skills - independent investigation, ability to find information by using textbooks and other available literature, by searching databases and the Internet, and through discussions with colleagues.

(S4) Analytical Skills - ability to grasp complex concepts, to understand and interpret data precisely and to construct logical arguments. Ability distil a problem to its basic elements.

(S5) Research management developing a research strategy, project planning and delivery, risk management, formulating questions, selecting literature, using primary/secondary/diverse sources, collecting & using data, applying research methods, applying ethics

(S6) Information literacy online, finding, interpreting, evaluating, managing and sharing information

(S7) IT skills

(S8) Self-management readiness to accept responsibility (i.e. leadership), flexibility, resilience, self-starting, initiative, integrity, willingness to take risks, appropriate assertiveness, time management, readiness to improve own performance based on feedback/reflective learning

The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.

#### Teaching and Learning

Our research-led teaching ensures you are taught the latest advances in cutting-edge physics research. Lectures introduce and provide the details of the various areas of physics and related subjects. You will be working in tutorials and problem-solving workshops, which are another crucial element in the learning process, where you put your knowledge into practice. They help you to develop a working knowledge and understanding of physics. All of the lecturers also perform world class research and use this to enhance their teaching.

Most work takes place in small groups with a tutor or in a larger class where staff provide help as needed. Practical work is an integral part of the programmes, and ranges from training in basic laboratory skills in the first two years to a research project in the third or fourth year. You will undertake an extended project on a research topic with a member of staff who will mentor you. By the end of the degree you will be well prepared to tackle problems in any area and present yourself and your work both in writing and in person. In the first two years students take maths modules which provide the support all students need to understand the physics topics.