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Organisation and Other Information

Your Course Organisers

The member of staff in charge of the second year Mathematics and Physics course is Nicholas d'Ambrumenil. The Director of Student Experience Michael Pounds also manages many aspect of the teaching.


After a year at Warwick you will be familiar with our teaching methods and the use of questionnaires to obtain feedback on the individual modules. You are reminded that if you feel that there are serious problems with a module that should be addressed immediately you should discuss the matter with the person giving the module or with one of the following: your Personal Tutor, Nicholas d'Ambrumenil, Michael Pounds or one of your Staff Student Liaison Committee representatives.


Last year you were informed of the department's policy towards the late submission of assessed work and the University's regulations on cheating. These, of course apply equally this year.

Academic Tutorials

During the second year, your Tutor is normally the same person who served in that capacity during your first year. Again he/she acts both as Academic and Personal Tutor. You are required to meet your Tutor - preferably with the other members of your tutorial group - during the first week of the Autumn Term to arrange a mutually convenient time for weekly tutorials. The subject of the tutorials is largely a matter for your Tutor. Your tutor will probably spend much of the time helping with the core physics modules.

Mathematics Classes

You will have support classes for key mathematics courses. You will receive details from the Mathematics Department.

Assessed Components of some Physics Lecture Modules

In the first year you were required to submit answers to weekly problems for the core physics modules and these were then marked for credit. This year the lectured physics modules PX263 Electromagnetic Theory and Optics, PX262 Quantum Mechanics and its Applications, PX265 Thermal Physics II, PX261 Mathematical Methods for Physicists II have an assessed component that contributes 15% to the mark for that module. The lecturer will describe the particular form the assessment takes for their module.

Examples Sheets and Seminars

Example sheets for modules given by the Physics Department are usually distributed as a complete set by the lecturer at the beginning of a particular module. The purpose of these examples is three-fold:

  1. To facilitate the development of skill in problem solving in areas related to the modules
  2. To assist in proper assimilation of the material
  3. To provide valuable experience which will be of considerable help in the April and June Examinations

For core modules there is a weekly class at which the lecturer will discuss the problems, and their solutions. The lecturer will indicate which timetabled slot will be used for this. For modules not dealt with in these classes (i.e. Options), you should contact the lecturer directly if you have any queries concerning the Weekly Problems.

The Past Examination Questions will not, as a general rule, be discussed at the weekly classes, since it is intended that they should be attempted only once the associated modules have finished and the subject matter has been appropriately digested. Your Personal Tutor will deal with these during your fortnightly tutorials.

The Intercalated Year

Students who wish to spend some time gaining experience abroad, or in UK industry/research, can register for the Intercalated Year Scheme in which you spend your third year away from Warwick and take a total of four years to complete your degree programme.

The year will be spent in supervised research placement, either in Industry, Commerce, a Research Institute, a Higher Education Research Laboratory, or in the case of a year abroad could alternatively involve attending modules at an overseas university. This will give you valuable experience before continuing with the third year of the BSc Physics degree, and the words 'with intercalated year' will appear on your degree certificate. You must submit a satisfactory report of the intercalated year on your return to the Department, failing which you will revert to the Physics BSc degree course. The report will not, however, contribute to final degree credit.

In general, if you are interested in following this scheme, it will be necessary for you to make your own arrangements and submit an outline proposal to the Physics Department for approval. If we consider that the proposed programme abroad meets our requirements, then permission for an intercalated year will be granted. If you are thinking about this possibility, please discuss this with your tutor in the first instance. The Intercalated Year is NOT a possibility for MPhys students.

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