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Physics Options

The physics modules (including core modules) are loosely grouped according to subject matter in the list below. Although any combination of the optional modules is allowed, you should bear in mind that modules on similar topics tend to reinforce each other. This is particularly the case for Quantum Theory. It is also advisable to take the third year modules in each of the categories in which you intend to take fourth year modules. Some modules appear in more than one group. The dropdown menu on Mathematical Physics lists modules on physics or mathematics relevant to physics taught by Maths.

Relativistic Quantum Mechanics is a pre-requisite for the module Gauge Theories for Particle Physics and covers material assumed in Advanced Particle Physics and Neutrino Physics.

The subject areas, with fourth year modules in italics, are:

SKILLS TRAINING
Communicating Science (core for BSc, not available to MMathPhys)
Laboratory for Maths/Physics Students (core for MMathPhys, not available to BSc)
Physics Project (option for BSc, not available to MMathPhys)
Scientific Progamming
Physics Project (core for MMathPhys)
High Performance Computing in Physics

ASTROPHYSICS
Astrophysics, Cosmology, Galaxies
The Distant Universe, General Relativity, Planets, Exo-Planets and Life, Solar Magnetohydrodynamics

CLASSICAL PHYSICS I
Electrodynamics (core for MMathPhys), Fluid Dynamics (core for MMathPhys, taught by the Maths Department), Kinetic Theory (core for MMathPhys), Statistical Physics
General Relativity, Mathematical Acoustics (Maths Department), Statistical Mechanics (Maths Department)

CLASSICAL PHYSICS II - Plasmas
Plasma Electrodynamics
Physics of Fusion Power, Solar Magnetohydrodynamics

QUANTUM THEORY
Quantum Physics of Atoms (core for MMathPhys)
Gauge Theories for Particle Physics, Quantum Mechanics: Basic Principles and Probabilistic Methods (Maths Department), Quantum Computation and Simulation, Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

QUANTUM PHENOMENA I - Particles and Nuclei
The Standard Model, Nuclear Physics
Advanced Particle Physics, Neutrino Physics, Relativistic Quantum Mechanics

QUANTUM PHENOMENA II - Condensed Matter
Condensed Matter Physics, Condensed Matter Physics II
Structure and Dynamics of Solids, Quantum Computation and Simulation

INTERDISCIPLINARY
These are modules designed in part to show how the ideas and methodologies of physics are used and valued in other disciplines such as meteorology, materials science and medicine.

Physics in Medicine, Weather and Environment