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Second Year Modules

These are the approved course regulations for the first year starting in the academic year 2023/24. 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.


The programme consists of a core with further modules taken from options lists. 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, up to a normal maximum of 150 CATS. You must choose at least 22.5 CATS worth of modules from List A.

Core Modules Weeks CATS Credit
PX262 Quantum Mechanics and its Applications 1-10, 15-24 15
PX271 Physics Skills 1-10, 15-24 30
PX275 Mathematical Methods for Physicists 1-10, 15-24 15
PX284 Statistical Mechanics, Electromagnetic Theory and Optics 6-10, 15-24, 30-33 15
An appropriate Business Studies Module ** 15
    Total 90
Option List A    
PX280 Environmental Physics 1-10, 15-24 15
PX281 Computational Physics 1-10, 15-24 15
PX282 Stars and the Solar System 1-10, 15-24 15
PX285 Hamiltonian and Fluid Mechanics 1-10, 15-24 15
Option List B    
IE3E2 Introduction to Secondary School Teaching (Physics) 15-40 30
Modern Foreign Language* 1-20 30

*You are only permitted to take one foreign language module in any one year.

Please discuss you business school module choices with WBS. You will need to register both on my.wbs and eMR for your WBS 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 greater of: (a) The arithmetic mean of the marks for all modules taken, weighted according to their credit weighting; (b) The arithmetic mean of the subset of whole modules, weighted according to their credit weighting, which minimally satisfies the course regulations and results in the highest mark.

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 or the Director of Student Experience.

Important Notice

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. You will only be permitted to take one language course in any one year.