BSc in Physics

Physics (BSc) – Course Code: PhysicsCK408 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.


Year 1 Modules:

Option 1:
  • Introductory Physics I (10 credits)
  • Introductory Physics II (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Linear Algebra (5 credits)
  • Calculus (5 credits)
  • Introduction to Analaysis (5 credits)
  • Introduction to Mechanics (5 credits)
  • Introduction to Mathematical Modelling (5 credits).
  • Mathematical Software (5 credits)
  • Introduction to Chemistry for Physicists and Mathematicians (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Chemistry for Physicists (15 credits)
  • Programming in C (5 credits)
  • Computer Applications with Visual Basic (5 credits)
  • Introductory Programming in Python (5 credits)
  • Introduction to Abstract Algebra (5 credits)
  • Special Topics in Physics (5 credits)
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics (5 credits).
Option 2:
  • Introductory Physics (10 credits)
  • Introductory Physics II (10 credits)
  • Introduction to Linear Algebra (5 credits)
  • Calculus (5 credits)
  • Introduction to Analysis (5 credits)
  • Introduction to Chemistry for Physicists (15 credits).
  • Cells, Biomolecules, Genetics and Evolution (5 credits)
  • Introduction to Bological Chemistry and Microbiology (5 credits)
  • Physiology and Structure of Plants and Animals (5 credits)
  • Introduction to Ecology (5 credits).


Years 2 Modules:

  • Astrphysics and Special Relativity
  • C/C++ Programming with Applications
  • Classical Mechanics
  • Computational Physics
  • Electrostatistics and Magnetostatics
  • Experimental Physics
  • Experimental Methods
  • Fourier Methods
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Quantum Physics
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics.
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Linear Algebra
  • Mathematical Modelling.


Years 3 Modules:

  • Computer Modelling and Numerical Techniques
  • Condensed Matter Physics;
  • Electromagnetism
  • Experimental Physics
  • Experimental Methods II
  • Nuclear and Particle Physics
  • Optics; Quantum Mechanics
  • Statistical Thermodynamics
  • Vector and Tensor Methods.
  • Mathematical Experimentation & Chaos
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Optimisation and the Calculus of Variations
  • Computational Techniques
  • Observational Astrophysics.


Years 4 Modules:

  • Research Project
  • Experimental Physics.
  • Observational Astrophysics
  • Advanced Mechanics
  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • Advanced Electromagnetism
  • Advanced Condensed Matter Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics
  • Quantum Field Theory
  • Plasma Physics
  • Lasers and Photonics
  • Advanced Computational Physics
  • Stars and the Intersellar Medium
  • Galactic and Extragalactic
  • Physics and 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.