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Department of Physics Programme Catalogue 2020/1


USXX-AFM01: MSci(Hons) Mathematics and Physics

Leading to the award of MASTER IN SCIENCE IN MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS

Mode of attendance: Full-time

Normal programme duration: 4 years

[Page last updated: 12 August 2020]

Click here for further information Possible DAPs for this programme:

  • USXX-AFB03: BSc (hons) Mathematics and Physics
  • Further DAPs may be available. Please see your programme handbook or contact your Director of Studies for further information.

Please see your programme handbook for circumstances where transfer to DAP may be permitted/required.

 

Click here for further informationPossible exit awards for this programme:



Year 1

Click here for further information NFAAR-UG assessment regulations:
  • Transfer to DAP may be possible from this programme year.
  • Main assessment regulations: Appendix 15 PDF format -requires Acrobat Reader to view; Supplementary assessment regulations: Appendix 16 PDF format -requires Acrobat Reader to view.
  • Part 1 Stage 1 of this programme contributes 0% towards the final award classification


Academic Year: Part 1 Stage 1

Compulsory Units:
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
MA10207 Analysis 1 12 credits       [equivalent to 24 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Semester 1: Part 1 Stage 1

Compulsory Units:
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
MA10209 Algebra 1A 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
MA10230 Methods and applications 1A 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH10052 Properties of matter [WL] 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH10053 Vibrations, waves & optics [WL] 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Semester 2: Part 1 Stage 1

Compulsory Units:
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
MA10210 Algebra 1B 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
MA10236 Methods and applications 1B 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH10048 Introduction to quantum physics [WL] 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH10051 Electricity & magnetism [WL] 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Notes:

  • Programmes and units may be changed in accordance with normal University procedures.
  • This programme catalogue is applicable for all years of study for the 2020/21 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2021/22 and beyond should not assume that this programme, or its component units, will be delivered in future years in the format displayed here.
  • NFAAR assessment regulations are subject to review and update. Links given here will provide access to the latest versions of NFAAR documentation. The regulations described in this documentation may not necessarily be those which applied in previous academic years. For detailed information on how the NFAAR was applied to this programme in previous academic years, please contact the relevant Director of Studies.
  • Availability of units is subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.
  • Find out more about these and other important University terms and conditions here.


Year 2

Click here for further information NFAAR-UG assessment regulations:
  • Transfer to DAP may be possible from this programme year.
  • Main assessment regulations: Appendix 23 PDF format -requires Acrobat Reader to view; Supplementary assessment regulations: Appendix 24 PDF format -requires Acrobat Reader to view.
  • Part 2 Stage 2 of this programme contributes 16% towards the final award classification


Semester 1: Part 2 Stage 2

Compulsory Units:
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
MA20216 Algebra 2A 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
MA20218 Analysis 2A 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
MA20220 Ordinary differential equations and control 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on 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.
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
PH20013 Quantum & atomic physics 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH20029 Thermal physics 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on 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.
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
PH20060 Quantum & atomic physics [WL] 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH20067 Thermal physics (WL) 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Semester 2: Part 2 Stage 2

Compulsory Units:
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
MA20219 Analysis 2B 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
MA20223 Vector calculus and partial differential equations 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH20018 Programming skills 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on 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.
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
PH20014 Electromagnetism 1 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH20017 Condensed matter physics 1 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on 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.
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
PH20061 Electromagnetism 1 [WL] 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH20063 Condensed matter physics 1 [WL] 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Notes:

  • Programmes and units may be changed in accordance with normal University procedures.
  • This programme catalogue is applicable for all years of study for the 2020/21 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2021/22 and beyond should not assume that this programme, or its component units, will be delivered in future years in the format displayed here.
  • NFAAR assessment regulations are subject to review and update. Links given here will provide access to the latest versions of NFAAR documentation. The regulations described in this documentation may not necessarily be those which applied in previous academic years. For detailed information on how the NFAAR was applied to this programme in previous academic years, please contact the relevant Director of Studies.
  • Availability of units is subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.
  • Find out more about these and other important University terms and conditions here.


Year 3

Click here for further information NFAAR-UG assessment regulations:
  • Transfer to DAP may be possible from this programme year.
  • This is the penultimate stage of the programme.
  • Main assessment regulations: Appendix 23 PDF format -requires Acrobat Reader to view; Supplementary assessment regulations: Appendix 24 PDF format -requires Acrobat Reader to view.
  • Part 2 Stage 3 of this programme contributes 34% towards the final award classification


Academic Year: Part 2 Stage 3

Designated Essential Units: Select a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 1 units from the following list:
Students must select either:
  1. PH30096 or PH30099 for the whole academic year, or
  2. 6 credits from Block A in S1, plus 6 credits from Block B in S2.
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
PH30096 Industry team project 12 credits       [equivalent to 24 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH30099 Communicating physics project 12 credits       [equivalent to 24 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Semester 1: Part 2 Stage 3

Compulsory Units:
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
MA30252 Advanced real analysis 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
MA40044 Mathematical methods 1 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH20076 Self-directed learning (M&P) 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH30031 Simulation techniques 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits

Optional Units: Select a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 6 credits from the following list: BLOCK A
Students must select either:
  1. PH30096 or PH30099 for the whole academic year, or
  2. 6 credits from Block A in S1, plus 6 credits from Block B in S2.
Further information on DoS approved options Director of Studies approved option allowed: students may be permitted to take a Director of Studies approved option as an alternative to one of the units from this list
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
PH30035 Medical physics 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH30055 Computational physics A 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH30109 Stars and stellar evolution 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Semester 2: Part 2 Stage 3

Compulsory Units:
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
MA40059 Mathematical methods 2 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH30056 Computational physics B 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH30077 Electromagnetism 2 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH40073 Mathematical physics 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits

Optional Units: Select a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 6 credits from the following list: BLOCK B
Students must select either:
  1. PH30096 or PH30099 for the whole academic year, or
  2. 6 credits from Block A in S1, plus 6 credits from Block B in S2.
Further information on DoS approved options Director of Studies approved option allowed: students may be permitted to take a Director of Studies approved option as an alternative to one of the units from this list
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
MA20217 Algebra 2B 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
MA20221 Modelling and dynamical systems 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
MA30055 Introduction to topology 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
MA30062 Analysis of nonlinear ordinary differential equations 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
MA30231 Projective geometry 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH30032 Laser physics 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH30078 Magnetism 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH30079 Superconductivity 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH30098 Networks 3 credits       [equivalent to 6 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH30101 General relativity 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH30111 Galaxies and introduction to cosmology 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Notes:

  • Programmes and units may be changed in accordance with normal University procedures.
  • This programme catalogue is applicable for all years of study for the 2020/21 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2021/22 and beyond should not assume that this programme, or its component units, will be delivered in future years in the format displayed here.
  • NFAAR assessment regulations are subject to review and update. Links given here will provide access to the latest versions of NFAAR documentation. The regulations described in this documentation may not necessarily be those which applied in previous academic years. For detailed information on how the NFAAR was applied to this programme in previous academic years, please contact the relevant Director of Studies.
  • Availability of units is subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.
  • Find out more about these and other important University terms and conditions here.


Year 4

Click here for further information NFAAR-UG assessment regulations:
  • Transfer to DAP may be possible from this programme year.
  • Main assessment regulations: Appendix 27 (Section B)PDF format -requires Acrobat Reader to view; Supplementary assessment regulations: Appendix 28 (Section B)PDF format -requires Acrobat Reader to view.
  • Part 3 Stage 4 of this programme contributes 50% towards the final award classification


Academic Year: Part 3 Stage 4

Designated Essential Units:
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
PH40065 Final year project (MSci) 18 credits       [equivalent to 36 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Semester 1: Part 3 Stage 4

Compulsory Units:
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
MA30253 Continuum mechanics 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH30030 Quantum mechanics 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits

Optional Units: Select 1 unit from the following list:
Further information on DoS approved optionsDirector of Studies approved option allowed: Students may be permitted to take a Director of Studies approved option as an alternative to one of the units in the list below. Any Director of Studies approved option chosen in this programme year must be at FHEQ level 7 (e.g. units with codes beginning PH4, MA4 etc)
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
MA30039 Differential geometry of curves & surfaces 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
MA30046 Linear control theory 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
MA30087 Optimisation methods of operational research 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
MA30237 Group theory 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
MA40040 Algebraic topology 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
MA40042 Measure theory & integration 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
MA40254 Differential and geometric analysis 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH30024 Contemporary physics 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH30028 Condensed matter physics 2 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Semester 2: Part 3 Stage 4

Compulsory Units:
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
MA40049 Elasticity 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH40084 Advanced quantum theory 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits

Optional Units: Select 2 units from the following list:
Further information on DoS approved optionsDirector of Studies approved option allowed: Students may be permitted to take a Director of Studies approved option as an alternative to one of the units in the list below. Any Director of Studies approved option chosen in this programme year must be at FHEQ level 7 (e.g. units with codes beginning PH4, MA4 etc)
Unit Code
Title
ECTS Credits
MA40037 Galois theory 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
MA40057 Functional analysis 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
MA40203 Theory of partial differential equations 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
MA40255 Viscous fluid dynamics 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH40085 Nanoscience 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH40086 Photonics 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH40112 Relativistic cosmology 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits
PH40113 High energy astrophysics 6 credits       [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] Further information on credits


Notes:

  • Programmes and units may be changed in accordance with normal University procedures.
  • This programme catalogue is applicable for all years of study for the 2020/21 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2021/22 and beyond should not assume that this programme, or its component units, will be delivered in future years in the format displayed here.
  • NFAAR assessment regulations are subject to review and update. Links given here will provide access to the latest versions of NFAAR documentation. The regulations described in this documentation may not necessarily be those which applied in previous academic years. For detailed information on how the NFAAR was applied to this programme in previous academic years, please contact the relevant Director of Studies.
  • Availability of units is subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.
  • Find out more about these and other important University terms and conditions here.