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Options in Years 3 and 4

The third and fourth year modules (including core modules) are loosely grouped below according to their subject matter. Although any combination of the optional modules is allowed by the regulations, you should remember that modules on similar topics tend to reinforce each other.

For those on the MPhys, it is advisable to take most of the third year modules in each of the categories in which you intend to take fourth year modules. You should also note that 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 fourth year modules are in italics.

SKILLS TRAINING
Scientific Programming
Communicating Science (BSc), Physics Project (BSc), Physics Laboratory (MPhys), Physics Group Project (MPhys)
Physics Project, High Performance Computing in Physics

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

CLASSICAL PHYSICS I
Fluid Dynamics (Maths Department), Electrodynamics, Non-linearity Chaos and Complexity, Statistical Physics
General Relativity

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

QUANTUM THEORY
Quantum Physics of Atoms
Relativistic Quantum Mechanics, Gauge Theories for Particle Physics, Quantum Theory of Interacting Particles

QUANTUM PHENOMENA I - Particles and Nuclei
The Standard Model, Nuclear Physics
Advanced Particle Physics, Gauge Theories for Particle Physics, Neutrino Physics

QUANTUM PHENOMENA II - Condensed Matter
Condensed Matter Physics, Magnetic Resonance,
Condensed Matter Physics II, Structure and Dynamics of Solids

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.)
Magnetic Resonance, Optoelectronics and Laser Physics, Physics in Medicine, Weather and Environment

In addition to the options listed in the course regulations, it is possible to take certain other modules, offered by other departments, as Unusual Options.