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Year 3 Modules (BSc)

These are the approved course regulations for the academic year 2022/23. The links to the module syllabuses may be subject to minor alterations. The changes with respect to the current course regulations are quite minor and follow a University decision to make credit weightings across all faculties more uniform.


Candidates for honours are required to take the core module. Enough options have to be taken in order to raise the total load to at least 120 CATS credits. At least 75 CATS credits must be taken from Lists A and B, at least 30 CATS credits should be taken from List A and at least 30 CATS credits from List B. Further modules may be taken from List C. The maximum is 150 CATS credits.


Core Module Weeks CATS
PX376 Communicating Science 1-10 15
List A    
MA359 Measure Theory 1-10 15
MA390 Topics in Mathematical Biology 1-10 15
MA3B8 Complex Analysis 15-24 15
MA3D1 Fluid Dynamics 15-24 15
MA3G1 Theory of PDEs 15-24 15
MA3G7 Functional Analysis I: Applied Analysis 1-10 15
List B    
PX3A0 Physics Project 1-10 35
PX3A2 Quantum Physics of Atoms 1-10 10
PX3A3 Electrodynamics 1-10 10
PX449 Kinetic Theory 15-24 10
PX385 Condensed Matter Physics 15-24 15
PX390 Scientific Computing 1-10, 15-19 15
PX399 The Earth and its Atmosphere 1-10 15
PX3A4 Plasma Physics and Fusion 15-24 15
PX3A5 The Standard Model 15-24 15
PX3A6 Galaxies and Cosmology 1-10 15
PX3A7 Statistical Physics 1-10 15
PX3A8 Physics of Life and Medicine 15-24 15
PX3A9 Black Holes, White Dwarfs and Neutron Stars 15-24 15
Option List C    
A modern foreign language* 1-10,15-24 30
Second Year Maths Modules
Third Year Modules

Where the timetable permits this, you may take other modules (not already taken) from List A of the Mathematics third year or from the physics third year.

You may also NOT take PX424 Group Project, PX442 Laboratory, or PX448 Mathematical Methods for Physicists III.

* You may only take one foreign language option a year and in your 3rd year you may not take a non-accelerated beginners level module.


Where options are taken, so that the load exceeds the normal load, the marks for all modules attempted will appear on your University transcript. The overall year mark will be calculated as the arithmetic mean of the subset of whole modules, weighted according to their credit weighting, which satisfies the course regulations and results in the highest mark.

You should take extra modules only if they interest you. Your Tutor will advise on option choices if asked. Please note that registering for modules and then not attempting the examination may be considered an abuse of the system and could lead to sanctions.

Unusual Options

You may take as unusual options second year mathematics modules you did not take last year. A 30 lecture second year module counts for 12 CATS credits.

The modules listed in the formal regulations are the ones that you will automatically be permitted to register for. If you wish to take an unusual option, you should consult our document on unusual options. It is our experience that for most students the normal load is the most appropriate load, and only in exceptional circumstances should students take an overload of more than 15 CATS. Before contemplating an overload you should discuss it with your personal tutor. We will be monitoring your registrations and you may be asked to discuss the situation with the director of studies.


  • To teach some areas of mathematics (usually applied mathematics) and physics to an advanced level
  • To demonstrate how the laws of quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics and electromagnetism form the basis for explaining phenomena observed in at least some of condensed matter, nuclei, plasmas and stars.
  • To help students develop their transferable skills


At the end of the third year, you should

  1. Be well-prepared for the next step in your professional lives, whether this involves further training or moving directly into a career
  2. Have a good understanding of some areas of both mathematics and physics