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2017/18 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Physics with Astrophysics

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

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

AAB (including Physics and Maths and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking)

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 conveniently located in the School's Observatory on the roof of the building. An endowment fund specifically for the observatory allows students to use state-of-the-art detectors and spectrographs. Students will also have the chance to go on a field trip to use 30 m radio telescopes at Goonhilly in Cornwall where they will learn first hand about radio astronomy and participate in research programmes.

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.


Year 1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PHYS1020Stars and Galaxies10 creditsSemester 1
PHYS1060Physics Laboratory 1- Introduction to Experimental Physics (A)10 creditsSemester 1
PHYS1110Physics Laboratory 2- Introduction to Experimental Physics (B)10 creditsSemester 2
PHYS1200Physics 1- Fundamental Forces25 creditsSemester 1
PHYS1210Physics 2- Properties of Matter25 creditsSemester 2
PHYS1220Computing 1- Fundamentals of Programming10 creditsSemester 2
PHYS1290Maths 1- Scalars and Vectors10 creditsSemester 1
PHYS1300Maths 2- Multivariable Calculus10 creditsSemester 2

- To progress to Year 2, students must pass PHYS1060, PHYS1110, PHYS1020.
- Students intending to do a BSc Year Abroad in Year 3 may be required to study an appropriage language module as a supernumerary module.
- Research Placement Programme: to progress to Year 2, normally students must maintain a first class average.

Optional modules:

Candidates may study up to 10 credits of optional modules:

MEDP1001Introduction to Medical Imaging10 creditsSemester 2
PHYS1040Planets and the Search for Life10 creditsSemester 2
PHYS1311Introduction to Nanotechnology10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1280The Atmosphere of Planet Earth10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1400Introduction to Meteorology and Weather Forecasting10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1433Water in the Environment10 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 10 credits of discovery modules:

Suggeested Discovery modules include:

MATH1060Introductory Linear Algebra10 creditsSemester 2


Year 2 - View timetable

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

For students on, or considering transferring to, the MPhys programme:
- Students on the MPhys must achieve an average mark of more than 59% in their second year modules to proceed with the MPhys programme of study.
- If a student has an average mark of between 55% and 59% he/she can apply for consideration to continue on the MPhys.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PHYS2015High Energy Astrophysics10 creditsSemester 2
PHYS2060Physics Laboratory 3- Experimental Physics (A)10 creditsSemester 1
PHYS2110Physics Laboratory 4- Experimental Physics (B)10 creditsSemester 2
PHYS2150Stellar Structure and Evolution10 creditsSemester 1
PHYS2300Physics 3- Fields and Energy25 creditsSemester 1
PHYS2310Physics 4- Quantum and Nuclear Physics25 creditsSemester 2
PHYS2320Computing 2- Computational Physics10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHYS2370Maths 3- Matrices and Operators10 creditsSemester 1
PHYS2380Maths 4- Transforms and Partial Differential Equations10 creditsSemester 2

- To progress to Year 3 candidates must pass PHYS2060, PHYS2110, PHYS2015 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.
- Research Placement Programme: to progress to Year 3, normally students must maintain a first class average.


Year 3 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules (75 credits):

PHYS3011Cosmology15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS3152Project40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHYS3281Star and Planet Formation15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3505Professional Skills in Physics5 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study at least 15 credits from the following optional modules:

EDUC3808Understanding and Communicating Science10 creditsSemester 2
MATH3451Introduction to Polymeric Fluids15 creditsNot running in 201718
MEDP3001Cardiovascular Medical Imaging10 creditsSemester 1
MEDP3511Digital Radiography and X-ray Computed Tomography10 creditsSemester 1
MEDP3512Magnetic Resonance Imaging10 creditsSemester 1
MEDP3514Ultrasound Imaging10 creditsSemester 2
MEDP3517Radionuclide Imaging10 creditsSemester 2
MEDP3518Medical Image Analysis10 creditsSemester 2
PHIL3851Introduction to Philosophy of Modern Physics10 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3852Philosophy of Modern Physics20 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3116Photonics15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3190Molecular Simulation: Theory and Practice15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS3382Advanced Quantum Mechanics15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3390Quantum Photonics15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS3394Quantum Matter15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS3422Magnetism in Condensed Matter15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3441Statistical Mechanics15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3511Advanced Mechanics15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3522Bionanophysics 1
Pre-requisite for: PHYS5116M
15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS3543Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics15 creditsSemester 2

Candidates may study up to 15 credits from the following optional modules:

PHYS3181Group Industrial Project15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHYS3605Physics in Schools15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 15 credits of discovery modules.

Last updated: 12/09/2017

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