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Second Year Modules

The programme consists of a core with further modules taken from options lists. Modules totalling at least 22.5 CATS credits should be selected from List A. 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 maximum of 150 CATS.



Core Modules Weeks CATS Credit
PX262 Quantum Mechanics and its Applications 1-10, 15-24 15
PX263 Electromagnetic Theory and Optics 20-24, 30-34 7.5
PX265 Thermal Physics II 15-24 7.5
PX271 Physics Skills 1-10, 15-24 30
PX275 Mathematical Methods for Physicists 1-10, 15-24 15
    Total: 75
Option List A    
PX264 Physics of Fluids 15-24 7.5
PX266 Geophysics 1-10 7.5
PX267 Hamiltonian Mechanics 1-10 7.5
PX268 Stars 15-24 7.5
PX273 Physics of Electrical Power Generation 1-10 7.5
PX274 Principles of Particle Detection 15-24 7.5
PX277 Computational Physics 1-10 7.5
Option List B    
IE3E2 Introduction to Secondary School Teaching (Physics) 15-40 24
GD305 Challenges of Climate Change 1-10 7.5
Modern Foreign Language* 1-20 24


*You are only permitted to take one foreign language module in any one year.

Load

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 and take account of how it affects progression on the MPhys course. 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 only be permitted to take one language course in any one year. You may NOT take PX276 Methods of Mathematical Physics as an unusual option.



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