The second year introduced some of the most fundamental ideas of physics. When we use these to explain the phenomena we observe, we nearly always require one more ingredient - approximation.

The type of approximations used to find satisfactory explanations of what we observe often turn out to be similar whether the underlying laws are those of classical mechanics, statistical mechanics or quantum mechanics. Typically, one sets up an idealised model of some phenomenon, solves the equations of the model (often with further approximations) and relates the results back to what is observed experimentally. Sometimes the same model and approximations turn out to be appropriate in very different circumstances. For example, the behaviour of electrons in metals and in white dwarf stars is described by the same model.

If on the BSc, you will spend much of your time working on your project. It will provide you with the experience of exploring a particular area of physics in depth, and of working with your supervisor to bring it to a successful conclusion within the permitted time. Through the project report it also serves to further develop your communication skills.

**AIMS ** BSc (click to expand)

- To demonstrate how the laws of quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics and electromagnetism form the basis for explaining phenomena observed in at least some of condensed matter, nuclei, plasmas and stars.
- To provide the opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and skills in areas such as business and foreign languages.
- To help students develop their transferable skills.

**LEARNING OUTCOMES** BSc

On the completion of the third year, you should

- Have a good understanding of a broad range of topics in physics and an in depth knowledge of some topics.
- Be able, with appropriate supervision, to undertake project work in physics.
- Be well-prepared for the next step in your professional lives, whether this involves further training or moving directly into a career.

**AIMS** MPhys

- To continue the study of quantum mechanics, electromagnetic theory, mathematics and experimental physics.
- To demonstrate how the laws of quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics and electromagnetism form the basis for explaining phenomena observed in at least some of condensed matter, nuclei, plasmas and stars.
- To permit students' to begin to specialise in areas of physics of particular interest to them.
- To further develop students' transferable skills including group working.

**LEARNING OUTCOMES** MPhys

On the completion of the third year, you should

- Have a sound knowledge of physics and be appropriately prepared for the final year courses.
- Have identified certain areas of physics which you wish to study further.