# Physics with Medical Applications BSc (Hons)

- Course length: 3 years
- UCAS code: F350
- Year of entry: 2021
- A-level requirements: ABB

## 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 Quantum Physics (PHYS104)

**Level**1 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**70:30 **Aims**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 quantum theory on contemporary science and society.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) An understanding of why quantum theory is the conceptual framework required to explain the behaviour of the universe.

(LO2) An understanding of the quantum theory of light and the ability to apply energy-momentum conservation in the explanation of phenomena such as the. photo-electric effect and the Compton effect.

(LO3) An understanding of the theory of the structure of atoms and its experimental foundations.

(LO4) An understanding of Bohr's theory of the atom and its application to the H-atom, including the concept of principal quantum numbers.

(LO5) An understanding of de Broglie waves and their interpretation.

(LO6) An ability to explain the experimental evidence for de Broglie waves, for example through the scattering of electrons, X-rays and neutrons.

(LO7) An understanding of the principles of quantum mechanical measurements and Heisenberg's uncertainty principle.

(LO8) An understanding of the identity principle of microscopic particles and the basic idea of quantum (Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein) statistics.

(LO9) A basic knowledge of contemporary applications of quantum theory and their impact on our society.

(LO10) A basic understanding of the Schrodinger equation.

(S1) Problem solving skills relating to quantum phenomena.

##### 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

##### Dynamics and Relativity (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 introduce the postulates of Special Relativity and apply the Lorentz transformations.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the laws of classical mechanics and Special Relativity.

(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 relativity to linear motion.

(LO5) Develop a knowledge and understanding of the analysis of non-relativistic linear and rotational motion and of relativistic linear motion.

(LO6) Develop a knowledge and understanding of the non-relativistic analysis of orbits and gravity.

(S1) Problem solving skills.

(S2) Analytic skills applied to situations involving mechanical systems.

##### 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 complement 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

(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

##### 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

### 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

##### 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

##### 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

##### 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.

##### Practical Physics II (PHYS206)

**Level**2 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Whole Session **Exam:Coursework weighting**0:100 **Aims**PHYS206 Practical Physics II will provide opportunities for students to develop their experimental and project work. This will include developing skills in experimental design, health and safety, data acquisition, practical and technical skills required for electronics experimentation and recording their experimental process. There will be extended opportunities to compare experimental results with theoretical expectations, interpret experimental uncertainties, use computer software for simulation and data analysis and draw conclusions about the experiment and the physical world around us.

The module will also provide opportunities to develop skills associated with report writing, team work, communication, time and project management.

Experiments and electronics work will also help students to understand the physical processes behind them and how to apply programming techniques, control software and electronics in physical and technical applications.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) Design and plan an experimental investigation.

(LO2) Take and record data using a variety of measuring devices and sensors.

(LO3) Analyse experimental data using computational techniques and interpret the results with consideration of theoretical predictions or models.

(LO4) Select the appropriate method of uncertainty analysis, apply it to estimate experimental uncertainties and apply an understanding of uncertainty to interpretation of the data.

(LO5) Construct logical arguments to communicate the results of their work in an appropriate scientific format (e.g. journal paper).

(LO6) Conduct risk assessment of practical work, minimise risks and record the results of it in an appropriate manner.

(LO7) Design, plan and undertake a lengthy open-ended group project.

(S1) Numeracy.

(S2) Teamwork.

(S3) Communication skills.

(S4) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S5) Organisational skills.

(S6) IT skills.

(S7) Leadership.

##### 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

### Programme Year Three

Comprises a mix of core modules and optional modules in Physics, including a project on Medical Physics with a member of the academic staff and staff from the NHS

#### Year Three Compulsory Modules

##### 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

##### 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.

##### Medical Physics Project (PHYS386)

**Level**3 **Credit level**30 **Semester**Whole Session **Exam:Coursework weighting**0:100 **Aims**To give students experience of working independently on an original problem related to medical physics

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) Experience of participation in planning all aspects of the work

##### 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

##### Radiation Physics Advanced Practical (PHYS380)

**Level**3 **Credit level**7.5 **Semester**First Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**0:100 **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 radiation 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) At the end of the module the student should have: Experience of taking physics data with modern equipment Knowledge of some experimental techniques not met in previous laboratory practice Developed a personal responsibility for assuring that data taken is of a high quality Increased skills in data taking and error analysis Increased skills in reporting experiments and an appreciation of the factors needed to produce clear and complete reports Improved skills in the time management and organisation of their experimental procedures to meet deadlines Experience working as an individual

##### Medical Applications (PHYS384)

**Level**3 **Credit level**15 **Semester**Second Semester **Exam:Coursework weighting**80:20 **Aims**To introduce the physics principles of radiation therapy and treatment planning; to understand interactions of radiation with biological materials and detectors; to understand the need for modelling in radiobiological applications; to obtain a knowledge of imaging modalities used for diagnosis and treatment verification; to construct a simple model of a radiation therapy application.

**Learning Outcomes**(LO1) to understand the principles of radiotherapy and treatment planning

(LO2) to develop a knowledge of radiation transport and the interaction of radiation with biological tissue

(LO3) to understand the need for Monte Carlo modelling and beam modelling

(LO4) to have a knowledge of the principles of common imaging modalities used in medicine

(LO5) to have a basic understanding of radiobiology

(LO6) to have experience developing a simple radiotherapy treatment plan

(S1) Problem solving skills.

##### 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.

##### 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. ##### 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.

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.