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Progress & Assessment

A record is kept of your engagement with core mathematics and physics coursework. Your Tutor will also keep a record of your attendance at tutorials. Any student whose attendance is unsatisfactory will be required to discuss the matter with the Director of Education.


We operate a credit accumulation scheme whereby your performance in all years of your course count towards your final degree classification. The actual scheme used depends on the programme you are following.

To pass the year you are required to get an overall mark of at least 40%, and to have passed whole modules worth at least 60 CATS.


Please note that continuation to the 3rd and 4th years of the MMathPhys programme is not automatic. To continue on the MMathPhys Mathematics and Physics degree programme you will need to obtain a II.i in the second year examinations. If you drop below this level, you will normally be required to revert to the 3rd year of the BSc degree programme.


Assessment for the mathematics modules varies. Details of the required coursework are listed for each course in its module page. Most other modules have formal examinations but a number are assessed by coursework.

The Physics core lectured modules, PX276 Methods of Mathematical Physics, PX262 Quantum Mechanics and its Applications, PX263 EM Theory and Optics and PX265 Thermal Physics II are assessed by the combination of an examination (85%) and assessed coursework (15%). The form of the coursework may vary from module to module.

Most other physics modules have formal examinations but PX277 Computational Physics is 100% assessed.


The organisation of the examinations set by the Physics Department involves 7.5 CATS modules having a one hour examination. PX262 Quantum Mechanics and its Applications has a two hour examination. Examinations are held at two points during the year - week 30 (i.e. immediately after the Easter vacation) and in May/June (weeks 35-38).

Students, who have failed one or more of the modules PX262 Quantum Mechanics and its Applications, PX263 Electromagnetic Theory and Optics and PX265 Thermal Physics II, may be asked to resit these modules in September. When considering the results of resit examinations, the Examination Board will consider the marks obtained on the resit examinations only. These marks will NOT be combined with assessed coursework marks.

The configuration and timetable of the Physics papers are as follows:

Week 30

  • PX276 Methods of Mathematical Physics
  • PX280 Environmental Physics

Weeks 35 to 38

  • PX262 Quantum Mechanics and its Applications
  • PX263 Electromagnetic Theory and Optics
  • PX265 Thermal Physics II
  • PX264 Physics of Fluids
  • PX267 Hamiltonian Mechanics
  • PX268 Stars
  • PX279 The Solar System

The examination results will be released by the University at a time and date to be announced.