This Degree Programme is offered jointly by the Departments of Physics and by the School of Mathematical Sciences.
Applied Mathematics is closely associated in modern science with mathematical modelling, which is widely recognised as the key universal tool of science and engineering. Models are commonly demanded for the description and prediction of physical phenomena and also for very many processes of society. The range is very wide: spanning from Economics to Ecology and from Medicine to Meteorology. Successful mathematical modelling requires the applied mathematician to master many skills; such as an understanding of physical phenomena, the construction of model equations, the ability to solve equations and the capacity for model evaluation. In this regard, Applied Mathematics and Physics are genuinely complementary disciplines. Physical intuition provides a useful insight into the formulation and solution of equations; mathematical thought and ideas provide a fundamental interpretation and insightful understanding of the phenomena.
Physics sets out to understand the processes, forces and structures of nature. One of its major characteristics is its ability to describe apparently disconnected and complex phenomena in terms of an underlying simplicity of mathematically expressed principles and structures. It should be no surprise that such a subject has powerful applications and that those with expertise in the subject should be sought after.
Graduates from the BSc (Hons) in Applied Mathematics and Physics are very well placed in the employment market because of the skills they possess. Their disciplined background in Applied Mathematics and Physics, as well as computing expertise, equips them for a wide range of careers – for example: Scientific and industrial research and development, lecturing and teaching, software development and computing, banking, management, consulting and insurance; accounting, financial mathematics or meteorology, retailing, sales and marketing, administration, the media and the civil service.
The College of Science, Engineering and Food Science offers a wide range of one year full-time (or two year part-time) professional diplomas e.g. Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science (Applied Physics) and Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Science (Modelling and Numerical Computing). There are also programmes leading to MSc (Master of Science) and PhD programmes.
What Will You Be Studying?
- Year 1
- CK407 – Core Modules: Introduction to Mechanics (5 credits), Introduction to Mathematical Modelling (5 credits), Mathematical Software (5 credits), Calculus and Analysis (10 credits), Topics in Modern Mathematics (10 credits), Introduction to Probability and Statistics (5 credits). Students must chose both Introductory Physics I (10 credits) and Introductory Physics II (10 credits).
- CK408 – Core Modules: Introductory Physics I (10 credits), Introductory Physics II (10 credits), Calculus and Analysis (10 credits). Students must then select from the following Modules: Introduction to Mechanics (5 credits), Introduction to Mathematical Modelling (5 credits), Mathematical Software (5 credits). Elective Modules: Chosen from Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics.
- Year 2
- Mathematical Modelling, Non-linear Worlds and Chaos I, C/C++ Programming with Applications, Computer Modelling and Numerical Techniques, Fourier Methods, Multivariable Calculus, Mechanics and Electromagnetism I, Quantum, Thermal and Statistical Physics I.
- Year 3
- Vector and Tensor Methods, Fluid Mechanics I, Optimisation and the Calculus of Variations, Nonlinear Dynamics Control, Partial Differential Equations with Applications I, Computational Techniques, Mechanics and Electromagnetism II, Quantum, Thermal and Statistical Physics II.
- Year 4
- Fluid Mechanics II, Topics in Applied Mathematics, Applied Stochastic Differential Equations, Partial Differential Equations with Applications II, Perturbation and Asymptotic Methods, Applied Mathematics Project, Advanced Electromagnetism and Quantum Physics. Plus an elective in Atomic and Molecular Physics.
More information on this course can be found here.