BSc in Chemical Physics

Chemical Physics (BSc) – Course Code: Chemical PhysicsCK406 Chemical Sciences / CK408 Physics and Astrophysics, Duration: 4 years

Chemical Physics is a modern subject standing at the boundary between Chemistry and Physics and brings the theoretical knowledge and experimental techniques of physics to the investigation of the molecules and molecular materials of chemistry. Interdisciplinarity in science is the key to advance our fundamental knowledge of nature which is required to face the continuously growing challenges of a modern society. It is a fascinating scientific field and the source of many modern technological developments and innovations – it is an area for people with a real enthusiasm for both the great physical sciences. Chemical Physics graduates will have excellent employment prospects in wide variety of research and industry environments.

The four year degree programme is designed to produce graduates equipped with multidisciplinary knowledge and skills in the areas of physical and chemical sciences. The first three years consist of equal amounts of Chemistry and Physics modules and some Mathematics modules. The final year offers a wide choice of modules so that students can direct their studies to any preferred direction they have identified. There is a strong emphasis on the use of computer applications and modelling in the degree programme. Features of the course include modules in Molecular Physics, Physical Chemistry, and (Applied) Mathematics as well as Computer Modelling; student seminars and workshops, laboratory practical classes and research projects. There are also opportunities for summer projects in the Physics Department.

The career prospects of this degree programme are based on the universality of the expertise and skills acquired during the programme. The versatile and broad education in physical sciences, the solid experimental training, the problem solving skills, the computing and modelling skills in chemical physics guarantee outstanding employment opportunities in a large number of professional domains. Typical career outlets involve scientific activities, advanced research and development in either an industrial setting or in an academic environment. Many industrial sectors depend on the qualification of the Chemical Physics graduates. These include the analytical and laser industry, process and engineering and quality control, the environmental sector, IT and biotechnology related areas where data processing and computer-related skills are sought.



Year 1 Modules:

  • Chemistry (20 credits),
  • Mathematics (10 credits),
  • Physics (20 credits),
  • Applied Mathematics (10 credits)

Refer to CK406 and CK408


Year 2 Modules:

  • Computational Physics;
  • Electrostatics and Magnetostatics;
  • Energetics and Kinetics;
  • Experimental Methods;
  • Fourier Methods;
  • Main Group and Transition Element Chemistry;
  • Quantum Physics;
  • Spectroscopy;
  • Structure, Bonding and Quantum Mechanics;
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics;
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • States of Matter
  • Organic Chemistry for Environmental Scientists


Year 3 Modules:

  • C/C++ Programming with Applications;
  • Computer Modelling and Numerical Techniques;
  • Condensed Matter Physics;
  • Electromagnetism;
  • Environmental Chemistry and Analysis;
  • Experimental Methods;
  • Materials Chemistry;
  • Optics;
  • Physical Chemistry;
  • Quantum Mechanics;
  • Scientific Communication
  • Information Literacy Skills


Year 4 Modules:

  • Chemical Physics;
  • Advanced Chemistry Research Project;
  • Advanced Physics Research Project
  • Lasers, Photochemistry and Spectroscopy;
  • Interfaces, Microscopy and Modelling;
  • Advanced Nano Materials;
  • Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution;
  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics;
  • Advanced Electromagnetism;
  • Advanced Condensed Matter Physics;
  • Introduction to Lasers and Photonics;
  • Physics of Semiconductor Devices.

**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.