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2020/21 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

MPhys, BSc Theoretical Physics

Programme code:MPBS-PHYS/TPUCAS code:F340
Duration:4 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Prof. Jiannis Pachos Contact address:J.K.Pachos@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 and Mathematics

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
PHYS1001Introduction to Experimental Physics20 creditsSemesters 1 & 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 PHYS1001. 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

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:

PHYS2050Communicating Physics5 creditsSemesters 1 & 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

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study at least 25 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
MEDP2002Introduction to Medical Physics10 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 10 credits of discovery modules


Year3 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Students must study at least 30 credits from the following and can chose further options up to a total of 75 credits:

PHYS3382Advanced Quantum Mechanics15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3394Quantum Matter15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3441Statistical Mechanics15 creditsSemester 2
PHYS3511Advanced Mechanics15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS3543Theoretical Elementary Particle Physics15 creditsSemester 2

Candidates will be required to study between 15 and 95 credits from the following optional modules

CAPE3331Nuclear Operations20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
MATH3071Groups and Symmetry15 creditsSemester 1
MATH3113Differential Geometry15 creditsSemester 2
MATH3225Topology15 creditsSemester 2
MATH3355Hamiltonian Systems15 creditsNot running in 202021
MATH3365Mathematical Methods15 creditsSemester 1
MATH3374Linear and Non-Linear Waves15 creditsSemester 2
MATH3385Quantum Mechanics15 creditsNot running in 202021
MATH3397Nonlinear Dynamics15 creditsNot running in 202021
MATH3414Analytic Solutions of Partial Differential Equations15 creditsSemester 1
MATH3459Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics15 creditsNot running in 202021
MATH3567Evolutionary Modelling15 creditsNot running in 202021
MATH3620Fluid Dynamics 215 creditsSemester 1
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
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
PHYS3522Bionanophysics 115 creditsSemester 1
SOEE3151Dynamics of Weather Systems10 creditsSemester 1
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 creditsNot running in 202021
PHYS3605Physics in Schools15 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PHYS3705Physics into Work15 creditsSemester 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 modules:

PHYS5014MResearch Project60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Students must take at least 15 credits from the following modules:

PHYS5380MQuantum Field Theory15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS5390MGeneral Relativity15 creditsSemester 2

Candidates will be required to study 30 to 50 credits from the following optional modules:

Please note that students must have taken 120 credits at level M by the end of the 4th year and must pass 100 level M credits

MATH5113MAdvanced Differential Geometry20 creditsSemester 2
MATH5356MAdvanced Hamiltonian Systems20 creditsNot running in 202021
MATH5366MAdvanced Mathematical Methods20 creditsSemester 1
MATH5386MAdvanced Quantum Mechanics20 creditsNot running in 202021
MATH5398MAdvanced Nonlinear Dynamics20 creditsNot running in 202021
MATH5459MAdvanced Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics20 creditsNot running in 202021
MATH5567MAdvanced Evolutionary Modelling20 creditsNot running in 202021
MATH5734MAdvanced Stochastic Calculus and Applications to Finance20 credits1 Jan to 31 May
PHYS5016MSoft Matter Physics: Liquid Crystals15 creditsSemester 1
PHYS5017MQuantum Many-Body Physics15 creditsNot running in 202021
PHYS5100MWinds, Bubbles and Explosions15 creditsSemester 2
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
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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