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PH30043: MPhys year abroad

[Page last updated: 05 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Physics
Credits: 60 [equivalent to 120 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours:
Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Academic Year
Assessment Summary: OT 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • MPhys year abroad assessment (OT 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
PH30043B - Reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Description: Aims:
The aims of this unit are for students to gain experience of living and studying in a University outside the UK and to develop the appropriate personal and linguistic skills, in addition to developing their knowledge and understanding of physics and mathematics.

Learning Outcomes:
While taking this unit the student should:
* demonstrate enhanced knowledge and understanding of physics and mathematics at an appropriate level;
* prepare for their research project in year 4;
* develop their communication skills and their ability to work and interact effectively in an environment in which cultural norms and ways of operating may be very different from those previously familiar;
* in the case of students attending universities in countries whose language is not English, improve their knowledge of the host language by attending classes therein;
* in the case of students attending lectures in a language other than English, develop the ability to operate at a high scientific level in the language of the country concerned.

Written Communication T/F A, (Spoken Communication T/F A), Numeracy T/F A, (Data Acquisition, Handling, and Analysis T/F A), Information Technology T/F A, Problem Solving T/F A, (Working as part of a group T/F A), (Practical laboratory skills T/F A), (Project planning/management T/F A).

The student will study courses equivalent to 60 University of Bath credits. Details of these are necessarily left to negotiation between the overseas university, the student and the Bath Director of Studies, but the programme of study must provide opportunities for the student to gain the essential pre-requisite knowledge for year 4 of their MPhys programme.

Programme availability:

PH30043 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Physics
  • USPH-AAM03 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Study year abroad (Year 3)
  • USPH-AAM10 : MPhys(Hons) Physics with Astrophysics with Study year abroad (Year 3)


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