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These are the approved course regulations for the academic year 2023/24.


You are required to take the core modules. Enough options have to be taken in order to raise the total load to at least 120 CATS credits. You should choose modules totalling at least 60 CATS credits from list A.

Core Module Weeks CATS Credits
PX452 Astrophysics Project 1-10, 15-24 45
Option List A    
PX436 General Relativity 1-10 15
PX443 Planets, Exoplanets and Life 15-24 15
PX456 Solar and Space Physics 15-24 15
PX457 High Performance Computing in Physics 1-10, 15-19 15
PX458 The Distant Universe 1-10 15
Option List B    
PX446 Condensed Matter Physics II 1-10 15
PX447 Quantum Computation and Simulation 15-24 15
PX453 Advanced Quantum Theory 1-10 15

Third Year Physics Modules

Where the timetable permits this, you may take physics modules from the third year that you have not already taken.


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.

The arrangements for examinations, and some information about degree classification are given elsewhere.

Unusual Options

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.

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