BSc. in Mathematical Sciences and Physics

Mathematical Sciences and Physics (BSc) – Course Code: Mathematical Sciences and Physics,  CK407 Mathematical Sciences / CK408 Physics and Astrophysics, Duration: 4 years

This degree programme is offered jointly by the School of Mathematical Sciences and the Department of Physics.

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.
 

Modules

Year 1 Modules:

Core:
  • Introduction to Mathematical Modelling;
  • Mathematical Software;
  • Introduction to Abstract Algebra;
  • Introductory Physics I;
  • Introductory Physics II

 

Year 2 Modules:

  • Mathematical Modelling;
  • C/C++ Programming with Applications;
  • Computer Modelling and Numerical Techniques;
  • Fourier Methods;
  • Mathematical Analysis I;
  • Linear Algebra;
  • Multivariable Calculus;
  • Classical Mechanics;
  • Introduction to Quantum Physics;
  • Electrostatics and Magnetostatics;
  • Introduction to Astrophysics and Special Relativity;
  • Experimental Physics I

 

Year 3 Modules:

  • Vector and Tensor Methods;
  • Mathematical Analysis II;
  • Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics;
  • Quantum Mechanics;
  • Electromagnetism;
  • Statistical Thermodynamics;
  • Experimental Physics II

 

Year 4 Modules:

Core:
  • Topics in Mathematics
  • Functional Analysis
  • Project
  • Measure Theory and Martingales
  • Topics in Modern Algebra
  • Topics in Differential Geometry
  • Stochastic Modelling II.

Plus:

  • Physics Minor Research Project and 3 modules from List A and 2 modules from List B

OR

  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Stars and the Interstellar Medium
  • Galactic and Extragalactic Astrophysics
  • Gravitation and Cosmology
  • Physics Minor Research Project and one module from List A or B.

List A

  • Advanced Mechanics
  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • Advanced Electromagnetism
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics
  • Gravitation and Cosmology
  • Experimental Physics III.

List B

  • Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Observational Astrophysics
  • Advanced Condensed Matter Physics
  • Quantum Field Theory
  • Introduction to Plasma Physics
  • Introduction to Lasers and Photonics
  • Advanced Computational Physics
  • Stars and the Interstellar Medium
  • Galactic and Extragalactic Astrophysics
  • Quantum Optics and Advanced Spectroscopy.

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year.