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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Theoretical Physics

Programme code:BS-PHYS/TPUCAS code:F3K0
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Prof Jiannis Pachos Contact address:J.K.Pachos@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 365

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 students with:
- a sound knowledge and understanding of the core observations, concepts and quantitative theoretical structures that constitute our contemporary understanding of the physical world;
- problem solving skills, including the mathematical, numerical and computational skills necessary to formulate and solve problems in Physics;
- knowledge and skills in advanced areas of mathematics relevant to a theoretical understanding of the natural world;
- an appreciation of areas of Physics which reflect their special interests and the nature of scientific inquiry, through the study of modules linked to the research interests of the School;
- the opportunity of planning and executing a major project, involving either original research or a thorough literature review of an advanced topic in theoretical physics;
- the opportunity of developing independent learning skills and of acquiring information technology and communication skills, including the presentation of work in both written and spoken form;
- a sound preparation for a professional career in academic or industrial research.


Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules (110 credits):

MATH1060Introductory Linear Algebra10 creditsSemester 2
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 and PHYS1110. In addition, students must achieve an overall average pass in PHYS1290 and PHYS1300, and a pass in MATH1060.

Optional modules:

Candidates may study up to 10 credits of optional modules

MEDP1001Introduction to Medical Imaging10 creditsSemester 2
PHYS1020Stars and Galaxies10 creditsSemester 1
PHYS1040Planets and the Search for Life10 creditsSemester 2
PHYS1311Introduction to Nanotechnology10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1281Atmosphere10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1401Weather10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE1434Water10 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 15 credits of discovery modules


Year2 - View timetable

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

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

Compulsory modules:

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

PHYS2050Communicating Physics5 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHYS2300Physics 3- Fields and Energy25 creditsSemester 1
PHYS2310Physics 4- Quantum and Nuclear Physics25 creditsSemester 2
PHYS2370Maths 3- Matrices and Operators10 creditsSemester 1
PHYS2380Maths 4- Transforms and Partial Differential Equations10 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study at least 40 credits from the following optional modules:

Please note some MATH modules only run in alternate years, please check the modules you would like to study are running in the appropriate year.

EDUC2107Science Education: Issues and Challenges10 creditsSemester 1
MATH2022Groups and Vector Spaces15 creditsSemester 1
MATH2027Rings and Polynomials10 creditsSemester 2
MATH2041Logic10 creditsSemester 2
MATH2051Geometry of Curves and Surfaces10 creditsSemester 1
MATH2080Further Linear Algebra10 creditsSemester 1
MATH2391Nonlinear Differential Equations10 creditsSemester 2
MATH2620Fluid Dynamics 110 creditsSemester 2
MATH2650Calculus of Variations10 creditsSemester 2
MEDP2001Medical Imaging and Cancer10 creditsSemester 1
PHYS2015High Energy Astrophysics10 creditsSemester 2
PHYS2150Stellar Structure and Evolution10 creditsSemester 1
PHYS2320Computing 2- Computational Physics10 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHYS2331Nanophysics and Small Systems10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2092Meteorology10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2210Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE2530Atmospheric Physics10 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 10 credits of discovery modules


Year3 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PHYS3152Project40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHYS3382Advanced Quantum Mechanics15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3505Professional Skills in Physics5 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Students will be required to study between 45 and 65 credits from the list of optional modules below:

EDUC3808Understanding and Communicating Science10 creditsSemester 2
MATH3015History of Mathematics15 creditsSemester 2
MATH3071Groups and Symmetry15 creditsSemester 1
MATH3113Differential Geometry15 creditsSemester 2
MATH3153Coding Theory15 creditsSemester 1
MATH3195Commutative Rings and Algebraic Geometry15 creditsSemester 2
MATH3225Topology15 creditsSemester 2
MATH3232Transformation Geometry15 creditsSemester 1
MATH3355Hamiltonian Systems15 creditsSemester 2
MATH3365Mathematical Methods15 creditsSemester 1
MATH3374Linear and Non-Linear Waves15 creditsNot running in 201920
MATH3385Quantum Mechanics15 creditsSemester 1
MATH3397Nonlinear Dynamics15 creditsSemester 1
MATH3414Analytic Solutions of Partial Differential Equations15 creditsSemester 1
MATH3458Geophysical Fluid Dynamics15 creditsSemester 2
MATH3459Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics15 creditsSemester 2
MATH3475Modern Numerical Methods15 creditsNot running in 201920
MATH3532Relativity and Cosmology15 creditsSemester 2
MATH3567Evolutionary Modelling15 creditsSemester 2
MATH3620Fluid Dynamics 215 creditsSemester 1
MEDP3001Cardiovascular Medical Imaging10 creditsSemester 1
MEDP3512Magnetic Resonance Imaging10 creditsSemester 1
MEDP3514Ultrasound Imaging10 creditsSemester 2
MEDP3517Radionuclide Imaging10 creditsSemester 2
MEDP3531Medical X-ray imaging10 creditsSemester 1
MEDP3532X-ray Computed Tomography10 creditsSemester 2
PHIL3851Introduction to Philosophy of Modern Physics10 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3852Philosophy of Modern Physics20 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3011Cosmology15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS3116Photonics15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS3190Molecular Simulation: Theory and Practice15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS3281Star and Planet Formation15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3390Quantum Photonics15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS3394Quantum Matter15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3422Magnetism in Condensed Matter15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS3441Statistical Mechanics15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3511Advanced Mechanics15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3522Bionanophysics 115 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3543Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics15 creditsSemester 2
SOEE3151Dynamics of Weather Systems10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE3190Earth Observations from Space10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE3410Atmosphere and Ocean Climate Change Processes10 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3610Oceanography in the Earth System10 creditsSemester 1

Please note that students must pass 80 credits at level 3 to be awarded a BSc (Hons) degree.

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: 29/08/2019

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