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Year 4 Modules

These are the approved course regulations for the academic year 2023/24. The module syllabuses may be subject to minor alterations. The changes with respect to the current course regulations are small and follow a University decision to make credit weightings across all faculties more uniform.


You are required to take the core module and choose modules totalling at least 45 CATS credits from the list of optional modules. Enough options have to be taken in order to raise the total load to at least 120 CATS credits, which is defined to be the normal load for this course. The maximum permitted load is 150 CATS.


Core Module Weeks CATS Credit
PX402 Physics Project 1-10, 15-24 45
Option List    
PX431 Structure and Dynamics of Solids 15-24 15
PX436 General Relativity 1-10 15
PX443 Planets, Exoplanets and Life 15-24 15
PX446 Condensed Matter Physics II 1-10 15
PX447 Quantum Computation and Simulation 15-24 15
PX453 Advanced Quantum Theory 1-10 15
PX454 Theoretical Particle Physics 15-24 15
PX455 Frontiers of Particle Physics 1-10 15
PX456 Solar and Space Physics 15-24 15
PX457 High Performance Computing 1-10, 15-19 15
PX458 The Distant Universe 1-10 15

Third Year Physics Modules

Where the timetable permits this, you may take physics modules from the third year you have not already taken.

Please note that the requirement to take at least 120 CATS of level 4 modules (those with MA4** or PX4** codes) will be automatically satisfied. (You have already taken 40 CATS credits (Physics Laboratory 15, Group Project 15 and Maths Methods III 10. With the Project and the List A requirement you will have taken more than 120 credits of level 4 modules.)


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.

Unusual Options

The modules listed above are the ones that you will normally be permitted to register for. If you wish to take an unusual option you should consult our document on unusual options prior to taking any such modules.