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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

MPhys, BSc Physics

Programme code:MPBS-PHYSUCAS code:F302
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Stuart Lumsden Contact address:S.L.Lumsden@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 485

Entry requirements:

AAA (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, Astrophysics

Programme specification:

The programme will provide students with excellence in teaching and learning opportunities within an environment of internationally competitive Physics research.

The programme aims to produce graduates with knowledge of Physics, transferable skills and attitudes which will enable them to fulfil their career aspirations to the maximum of their ability. Through a series of lectured modules, practical teaching and learning laboratories, personal tutorials and exercise classes, the programme will provide a stimulating and challenging scheme of work which will achieve its aims.

The programme will provide the students with a range of specialist topics linked to the research interests of the School and give them the opportunity to undertake an independent project or significant piece of research work in an area of interest to allow them to develop an understanding of the scientific research process.


Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

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 PHYS 1060 and PHYS 1110.
- Students intending to do a BSc Year Abroad in Year 3 may be required to study an appropriate language as a supernumerary module.

Optional modules:

Candidates may study up to 20 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 20 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:

PHYS2060Physics Laboratory 3- Experimental Physics (A)10 creditsSemester 1
PHYS2110Physics Laboratory 4- Experimental Physics (B)10 creditsSemester 2
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, students must pass PHYS2060 and PHYS2110.
- Students intending to do a BSc Year Abroad in Year 3 may be required to study an appropriate language as a supernumerary module.

Optional modules:

Candidates may study up to 20 credits of optional modules.

EDUC2107Science Education: Issues and Challenges10 creditsSemester 1
MEDP2001Medical Imaging and Cancer10 creditsSemester 1
PHYS2015High Energy Astrophysics10 creditsSemester 2
PHYS2150Stellar Structure and Evolution10 creditsSemester 1
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 20 credits of discovery modules.

Suggested discovery module:

MATH2620Fluid Dynamics 110 creditsSemester 2


Year3 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module:

PHYS3777Advanced Experimental Techniques and Analysis30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2


Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study at least 90 credits of optional modules (including Discovery modules).

Students must have taken 120 credits at level M by the end of the 4th year and must pass 100 credits.

Students must study at least 15 credits from the following and can chose further options up to a total of 45 credits:

PHYS3382Advanced Quantum Mechanics15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3394Quantum Matter15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3441Statistical Mechanics15 creditsSemester 1

Candidates will be required to study at least 30 credits from the following optional modules:

EDUC3808Understanding and Communicating Science10 creditsSemester 2
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
PHYS3422Magnetism in Condensed Matter15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS3505Professional Skills in Physics5 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
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

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.


Year4 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory module:

PHYS5014MResearch Project60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 60 credits from the following optional modules:

Students must have taken 120 credits at level M by the end of the 4th year and must pass 100 Level M credits.

PHYS5016MSoft Matter Physics: Liquid Crystals15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS5017MQuantum Many-Body Physics15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS5100MWinds, Bubbles and Explosions15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS5116MBionanophysics 2: Advanced Bionanophysics Research15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS5182MAdvanced Group Industrial Project15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHYS5300MSuperconductivity15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHYS5342MSoft Matter Physics: Polymers, Colloids and Glasses15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS5360MQuantum Transport in Nanostructures15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHYS5380MQuantum Field Theory15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS5390MGeneral Relativity15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS5411MQuantum Information Science and Technology15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS5431MCurrent Research Topics in Physics15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHYS5440MAdvanced Physics in Schools15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHYS5530MPhysics of Biological Systems15 creditsSemester 2

Last updated: 23/07/2019

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