Department of Physics Programme Catalogue 2013/14 
USXXAFM01: MSci (hons) Mathematics and Physics 
Leading to the award of MASTER IN SCIENCE IN MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS 
Mode of attendance: Fulltime 
Year 1  Year 2  Year 3  Year 4 
Year 1 
NFAARUG assessment regulations:

Academic Year: Part 1 Stage 1 
Compulsory Units: 
MA10207  Analysis 1  12 Credits 
MA10208  Methods and applications 1  12 Credits 
Semester 1: Part 1 Stage 1 
Compulsory Units: 
MA10209  Algebra 1A  6 Credits 
PH10048  Introduction to quantum physics [WL]  6 Credits 
PH10052  Properties of matter [WL]  6 Credits 
Semester 2: Part 1 Stage 1 
Compulsory Units: 
MA10210  Algebra 1B  6 Credits 
PH10051  Electricity & magnetism [WL]  6 Credits 
PH10053  Vibrations, waves & optics [WL]  6 Credits 
Year 2 
NFAARUG assessment regulations:

Semester 1: Part 2 Stage 2 
Compulsory Units: 
MA20216  Algebra 2A  6 Credits 
MA20218  Analysis 2A  6 Credits 
MA20220  Ordinary differential equations and control  6 Credits 
Optional Units: Select a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 2 units from the following list: BLOCK A 
Block A. Students should select either both units in block A or both units in block B. 
PH20013  Quantum & atomic physics  6 Credits 
PH20029  Thermal physics  6 Credits 
Optional Units: Select a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 2 units from the following list: BLOCK B 
Block B. Students should select either both units in block A or both units in block B. 
PH20060  Quantum & atomic physics [WL]  6 Credits 
PH20067  Thermal physics (WL)  6 Credits 
Semester 2: Part 2 Stage 2 
Compulsory Units: 
MA20219  Analysis 2B  6 Credits 
MA20223  Partial differential equations and continuum mechanics  6 Credits 
PH20018  Programming skills  6 Credits 
Optional Units: Select a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 2 units from the following list: BLOCK C 
Block C: Students should select either both units in block C or both units in block D. 
PH20014  Electromagnetism 1  6 Credits 
PH20017  Condensed matter physics 1  6 Credits 
Optional Units: Select a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 2 units from the following list: BLOCK D 
Block D: Students should select either both units in block C or both units in block D. 
PH20061  Electromagnetism 1 [WL]  6 Credits 
PH20063  Condensed matter physics 1 [WL]  6 Credits 
Year 3 
NFAARUG assessment regulations:

Semester 1: Part 2 Stage 3 
Compulsory Units: 
MA30041  Metric spaces  6 Credits 
MA40044  Mathematical methods 1  6 Credits 
PH20076  Selfdirected learning  6 Credits 
PH30031  Simulation techniques  6 Credits 
PH30077  Electromagnetism 2  6 Credits 
Semester 2: Part 2 Stage 3 
Compulsory Units: 
MA40059  Mathematical methods 2  6 Credits 
PH30056  Computational physics B  6 Credits 
PH40073  Mathematical physics  6 Credits 
Optional Units: Select 12 credits from the following list: 
NB. Students may not choose both MA20217 and MA20221. 
MA20217  Algebra 2B  6 Credits 
MA20221  Modelling and dynamical systems  6 Credits 
MA30055  Introduction to topology  6 Credits 
MA30056  Complex analysis  6 Credits 
MA30231  Projective geometry  6 Credits 
PH30032  Laser physics  6 Credits 
PH30057  Stellar & galactic astrophysics  6 Credits 
PH30078  Magnetism  3 Credits 
PH30079  Superconductivity  3 Credits 
PH30094  Planetary physics  3 Credits 
PH30098  Networks  3 Credits 
PH30099  Communicating physics  6 Credits 
ZZ30004  Director of Studies approved unit  6 Credits 
Year 4 
NFAARUG assessment regulations:

Academic Year: Part 3 Stage 4 
Compulsory Units: 
PH40065  Final year project (MSci)  12 Credits 
Semester 1: Part 3 Stage 4 
Compulsory Units: 
MA40065  Viscous fluid mechanics  6 Credits 
PH30030  Quantum mechanics  6 Credits 
Optional Units: Select 2 units from the following list: 
MA30039  Differential geometry of curves & surfaces  6 Credits 
MA30046  Linear control theory  6 Credits 
MA30087  Optimisation methods of operational research  6 Credits 
MA30237  Group theory  6 Credits 
MA40040  Algebraic topology  6 Credits 
MA40042  Measure theory & integration  6 Credits 
MA40043  Real & abstract analysis  6 Credits 
MA40233  Topics in pure mathematics  6 Credits 
PH30024  Contemporary physics  6 Credits 
PH30028  Condensed matter physics 2  6 Credits 
PH30035  Physics and engineering applied to medicine  6 Credits 
Semester 2: Part 3 Stage 4 
Compulsory Units: 
MA40049  Elasticity  6 Credits 
PH40084  Advanced quantum theory  6 Credits 
Optional Units: Select 2 units from the following list: 
MA40054  Representation theory of finite groups  6 Credits 
MA40057  Functional analysis  6 Credits 
MA40061  Nonlinear & optimal control theory  6 Credits 
MA40062  Ordinary differential equations  6 Credits 
MA40203  Theory of partial differential equations  6 Credits 
PH40085  Nanoscience  6 Credits 
PH40086  Photonics  6 Credits 