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2020/21 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

MPhys, BSc Physics with Astrophysics

Programme code:MPBS-PHYS/APUCAS code:F3FM
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Prof. Melvin Hoare Contact address:M.G.Hoare@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 480

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 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.


Year1 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PHYS1001Introduction to Experimental Physics20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHYS1020Stars and Galaxies10 creditsSemester 1
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 PHYS1001 & PHYS1020.
- Students intending to do a BSc Year Abroad in Year 3 may be required to study an appropriate language module as a supernumerary module.

Optional modules:

Candidates may study up to 10 credits of optional modules:

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 10 credits of discovery modules:

Suggeested Discovery modules include:

MATH1060Introductory Linear Algebra10 creditsSemester 2


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:

PHYS2015High Energy Astrophysics10 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

- To progress to Year 3 candidates must pass either PHYS2001 or PHYS2002 as well as 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.

Optional modules:

Students will be required to study 30 credits from the list of optional modules below:

PHYS2001Experimental Physics30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHYS2002Experimental Physics (for Astrophysics)20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHYS2380Maths 4- Transforms and Partial Differential Equations10 creditsSemester 2


Year3 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules (60 credits):

PHYS3011Cosmology15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS3281Star and Planet Formation15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3777Advanced Experimental Techniques and Analysis30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study at least 60 credits of optional modules (including Discovery modules).

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

PHYS3382Advanced Quantum Mechanics15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3394Quantum Matter15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3441Statistical Mechanics15 creditsSemester 2

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

CAPE3331Nuclear Operations20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MEDP3512Magnetic Resonance Imaging10 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan
MEDP3517Radionuclide Imaging10 credits1 Jan to 30 Jun
MEDP3531Medical X-ray imaging10 credits1 Sep to 31 Jan
MEDP3532X-ray Computed Tomography10 credits1 Jan to 30 Jun
PHIL3851Introduction to Philosophy of Modern Physics10 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3852Philosophy of Modern Physics20 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3116Photonics15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS3190Molecular Simulation: Theory and Practice15 creditsSemester 2
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
SOEE3190Earth Observations from Space10 creditsSemester 2
SOEE3410Atmosphere and Ocean Climate Change Processes10 creditsSemester 1

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

PHYS3181Group Industrial Project15 creditsNot running in 202021
PHYS3605Physics in Schools15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHYS3705Physics into Work15 creditsSemester 2

Caandidates may study up to 20 credits from the following optional modules:

PHIL3851Introduction to Philosophy of Modern Physics10 creditsSemester 1
PHIL3852Philosophy of Modern Physics20 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Candidates may study up to 15 credits of discovery modules.


Year4 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Students will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PHYS5014MResearch Project60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHYS5100MWinds, Bubbles and Explosions15 creditsSemester 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 45 credits of optional modules.

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

PHYS5016MSoft Matter Physics: Liquid Crystals15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS5017MQuantum Many-Body Physics15 creditsNot running in 202021
PHYS5116MBionanophysics 2: Advanced Bionanophysics Research15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS5182MAdvanced Group Industrial Project15 creditsNot running in 202021
PHYS5300MSuperconductivity15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHYS5342MSoft Matter Physics: Polymers, Colloids and Glasses15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS5360MQuantum Transport in Nanostructures15 creditsNot running in 202021
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: 21/07/2020 17:03:03

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