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2005/06 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Physics with Astrophysics

Programme code:BS-PHYS/APUCAS code:F3F5
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:M.G.Hoare Contact address:M.G.Hoare@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 365

Entry requirements:

The normal University entry requirements as stated in the Regulations.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Physics and Astronomy

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Physics and Astronomy

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics

Programme specification:

The programme will provide a sound education in physics with particular application to astrophysics. The programme focuses on gaining an understanding of the physical principles that control the natural world as a whole with special reference to the origin and evolution of planets, stars and the universe. There is also an emphasis on hands-on experience that is gained in laboratory and computing modules as well as project work. Every student has the opportunity to use the telescopes in the Departmental Observatory conveniently located on the roof of the building. An endowment fund specifically for the observatory allows students access to state-of-the-art detectors. Another particular speciality at Leeds is the detection of both the very highest energy photons - the TeV gamma rays, and the highest energy particles - the cosmic rays. These feature in the final year modules and project work.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment, Learning Context]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PHYS1030Mechanics
Pre-requisite for: PHYS3130, PHYS3170, PHYS3450
10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS1041Thermal Physics
Pre-requisite for: PHYS2190, PHYS3040, PHYS3450
10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS1051Vibrations and Waves
Pre-requisite for: PHYS2042, PHYS2200, PHYS3040, PHYS3450
10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS1060Physics Laboratory 1
Pre-requisite for: PHYS11I0
10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS1090Electromagnetism
Pre-requisite for: PHYS2080, PHYS2200, PHYS3450
10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS1100Quantum Physics and Relativity
Pre-requisite for: PHYS2080, PHYS3130, PHYS3450
10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS1110Physics Laboratory 210 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS1120Computing Techniques in Physics10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS1150Basic Mathematical Methods
Pre-requisite for: PHYS1160, PHYS2042, PHYS2070, PHYS2160, PHYS2190, PHYS3040, PHYS3460
10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS1160Differential Calculus and Infinite Series
Pre-requisite for: PHYS2042, PHYS2070, PHYS2160, PHYS2190, PHYS3040, PHYS3460
10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS1170The Physics of Stars and Planets10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS1180Galaxies and the Universe10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS1190A-level Mathematics Consolidation5 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

* some students will take PHYS1031 Mechanics in Action depending on their A-level Mechanics.

To progress to Year 2, students must achieve an overall pass in PHYS1150 and PHYS1160, an overall pass in PHYS1030/1, PHYS1041, PHYS1051, PHYS1090, PHYS1100 and pass PHYS1060, PHYS1110, PHYS1170 and PHYS1180. Students intending to do a BSc Year Abroad in Year 3 may be required to study an appropriage language module as a supernumerary module.


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment, Learning Context]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PHYS2042Quantum Mechanics
Pre-requisite for: PHYS2070, PHYS2080, PHYS3030, PHYS3110, PHYS3381, PHYS3420, PHYS3430
10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS2051Cosmology10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS2060Physics Laboratory 3
Pre-requisite for: PHYS2110, PHYS3150
10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS2080Subatomic Physics
Pre-requisite for: PHYS3030, PHYS3080, PHYS3290
10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS2110Physics Laboratory 4
Pre-requisite for: PHYS3150
10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS2150Stellar Structure and Evolution10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS2160Matrices and Vector Calculus
Pre-requisite for: PHYS2170, PHYS2200, PHYS3130, PHYS3170, PHYS3381, PHYS3450, PHYS3460
10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS2170Vector Calculus and Partial Differential Equations
Pre-requisite for: PHYS3130, PHYS3170, PHYS3381, PHYS3450, PHYS3460
10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS2180Physics in Review 110 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS2190Thermal and Statistical Physics
Pre-requisite for: PHYS2070, PHYS3440
10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS2200Maxwell's Equations
Pre-requisite for: PHYS3330, PHYS3420
10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS2210Computing and Career Skills
Pre-requisite for: PHYS3450
10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

To progress to Year 3 candidates must pass PHYS2060, PHYS2110, PHYS2051 and PHYS2150. Students intending to do a BSc Year Abroad in Year 3 may be required to study an appropriate language as a supernumerary module.


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment, Learning Context]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PHYS3080High Energy Astrophysics10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS3140Physics in Review 210 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PHYS3150Project30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PHYS3270Winds, Bubbles and Explosions in Galaxies10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS3280Star and Planet Formation10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS3330Electromagnetic Radiation and Plasma Physics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS3381Advanced Quantum Mechanics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits from the following optional modules (or up to 30 credits if they choose one of these options as an elective). One level 2 Physics module not already studied may be included if desired.

HPSC3850Philosophy of Modern Physics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MATH2600Numerical Analysis10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MATH2610Oscillations and Waves10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
MEDP3200Medical Imaging10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS3030Particle Physics
Pre-requisite for: PHYS3290
10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS3040Introduction to Polymer Physics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS3110Photonics and Introductory Quantum Optics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS3130Theoretical Physics10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS3170Introduction to Molecular Simulation: Concepts and Techniques10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS3290High Energy Physics Seminar10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS3391Structure and Dynamics of Solids10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS3410Digital Image Processing10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS3420Magnetism and Magnetic Materials10 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PHYS3430Superconductivity and Superfluidity10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS3440Statistical Mechanics10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS3450Introduction to Computational Physics10 creditsNot running in 200506
PHYS3460Advanced Mathematical Methods10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PHYS3600Physics in Schools10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
PHYS2070Solid State Physics
Pre-requisite for: PHYS3110, PHYS3420
10 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Students may not choose PHYS2220 Quantum Universe as this is an elective module for students in the first year or from other departments.

Elective modules:

Candidates will be required to study 10 credits of elective modules. These can be chosen from the third year Physics option list.

Last updated: 12/04/2005

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