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Course Regulations BSc

This page is indicative. Finalised versions of the regulations will be published in the summer of 2022.

The programme consists of a core, with further modules taken from options lists. Enough options have to be taken in order to raise the total load to at least 120 CATS credits, which is defined to be the normal load for this course, up to a normal maximum load of 150 CATS. You must choose at least 30 CATS worth from list A.

Core Modules Weeks CATS Credit
PX319 Physics Project 1-10, 15-24 37.5
PX376 Communicating Science 1-10 15
PX382 Quantum Physics of Atoms 1-5 7.5
Option List A    
PX308 Physics in Medicine 15-19 7.5
PX366 Statistical Physics 15-19 7.5
PX384 Electrodynamics 1-5 7.5
PX385 Condensed Matter Physics 6-10, 15-19 15
PX387 Astrophysics 15-24 15
PX389 Cosmology 20-24 7.5
PX390 Scientific Computing 1-10, 15-19 15
PX391 Non-linearity, chaos and complexity 20-24 7.5
PX395 The Standard Model 15-19 7.5
PX396 Nuclear Physics 20-24 7.5
PX397 Galaxies 6-10 7.5
PX398 The Physics of Living Systems 20-24 7.5
PX399 The Earth and its Atmosphere 1-10 15
Option List B    
A Modern Foreign Language* 1-10, 15-24 24

*You are only permitted to take one foreign language module in any one year and in your final year you are not permitted to take a non-accelerated beginners language module.


Where options are taken, so that the load exceeds the normal load, the marks for all modules attempted will appear on your University transcript. The overall year mark will be calculated as the arithmetic mean of the subset of whole modules, weighted according to their credit weighting, which satisfies the course regulations and results in the highest mark.

Before contemplating an overload you should discuss it with your personal tutor. We will be monitoring your registrations and you may be asked to discuss the situation with the Director of Studies or the Director of Student Experience. Please note that registering for modules and then not attempting the examination may be considered an abuse of the system and could lead to sanctions.

Important Notice

The modules listed above are the ones that you will normally be permitted to register for. If you wish to take an unusual option you should consult our document on unusual options prior to taking any such modules. You will not be permitted to take more than one language option in any one year. It is our experience that for most students the normal load is the most appropriate load, and only in exceptional circumstances should students take an overload of more than a couple of modules (15 CATS). Before contemplating an overload you should discuss it with your personal tutor. We will be monitoring your registrations and you will be asked to discuss the situation with the director of studies if your load goes above 150 CATS.

You may NOT take as unusual options either PX424 Physics Group Project or PX428 Physics Laboratory.

This year's course has been designed with the following aims and objectives.


  • 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.


On the completion of the third year, you should

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

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