Objectives
Both the BSc and MSci courses provide a thorough education in theoretical physics and associated mathematical topics, and involve a specially tailored combination of mathematics and physics modules. All modules in years one and two are compulsory, and a wide variety of topics are studied, including quantum physics, solid state physics, electromagnetism, thermal physics, optics, vibrations and waves, classical mechanics, complex functions, differential equations and Fourier analysis.
Course description
BSc Mathematical Physics
Programme
Year one
In this year, you gain a basic grounding in mechanics, including special relativity, electromagnetism, thermal physics and quantum theory, mathematical modelling, calculus, linear mathematics and mathematical reasoning, along with an introduction to computing using Matlab and Maple.
Year two
In this year, you learn the core elements of the classic theories of physics: electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, optics and analytical mechanics. In parallel, you learn the mathematical language in which these theories are expressed: vector calculus, complex analysis, and Fourier analysis. In addition, you will study numerical techniques for the solution of problems in physics.
Year three
In this year, BSc students choose from a wide range of topics which extend and apply the core theories and methods learned in the first two years and carry out a project in the general area of mathematical physics.