BSc in Physics

Physics (BSc) – Course Code: CK408 Physics and Astrophysics, Duration: 4 years

Physics is a dynamic and exciting subject, which combines intellectual fascination with practical relevance to a wide range of human endeavour, from Philosophy and Theology to Medicine and the Biological Sciences to Engineering and the Earth Sciences. The attributes needed by a good physicist include spatial and conceptual vision, mathematical fluency, curiosity and imagination.

Throughout each year of the BSc course in Physics, the student will take modules consisting of lectures and closely associated laboratory classes. The laboratory classes include some of the classic experiments of Physics, demonstrating important principles or techniques, with students graduating towards more ambitious open-ended investigations. Tutorials, seminars, problem solving and discussion sessions and computational exercises are integral parts of the study. Below is a table showing the modules available to the student.

What Will You Be Studying?

  • Year 1
  • Core Modules:
    • Calculus and Linear Algebra (10 credits), Introductory Physics I and II (10 credits each)
  • Plus 10 credits from one of the following options:
    • Option 1 – Mechanics I and II (5 credits each)
    • Option 2 – Introduction to Mechanics (5 credits) and Elements of Mathematical Modelling (5 credits), plus elective modules to the value of 20 credits from the following: Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics.
  • Year 2
  • Core Modules:
    • Classical Mechanics, Introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics, Introduction to Computational Physics, Introduction to Quantum Physics, Electrostatics and Magnetostatics, Introduction to Astrophysics and Special Relativity, Experimental Physics
  • Plus one of the following options:
    • Option 1 – C/C++ Programming with Applications, Fourier Methods, Linear Algebra, Multivariable Calculus
    • Option 2 – Engineering Mechanics with Transform Methods, C/C++ Programming with Applications or Intermediate Calculus for Scientists, Linear Algebra and Science Education I
  • Year 3
  • Core Modules:
    • Electromagnetism, Statistical Thermodynamics, Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics, Optics, Quantum Mechanics, Nuclear and Particle Physics, Experimental Physics
  • Plus one of the following options:
    • Option 1 – Mathematical Modelling in Engineering, Computer Modelling and Numerical Techniques, Advanced Calculus, Complex Numbers and Functions
    • Option 2 – Vector and Tensor Methods, Computer Modelling and Numerical Techniques, Plus Elective Modules
    • Option 3 – Mathematical Modelling in Engineering, Computer Modelling and Numerical Techniques or Advanced Calculus, Complex Numbers and Functions, Science Education II
  • Year 4
  • Core Modules:
    • Experimental Physics, Major Research Project, 8 electives chosen from other Physics Modules