BSc Physics and Astrophysics

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  • Objectives
    Physics and astrophysics are natural partners, as the two sciences share a great deal of common material and tradition. The laws of gravity and the finite speed of light were both originally conceived to explain cosmological data, while modern cosmology relies for its description of the early universe of the very early universe on the findings of particle physics. Our physics course provides a broad-based and intellectually demanding education across the whole spectrum of modern physics. It includes all the fundamental knowledge essential to the professional physicist, and will help you to develop the qualities and abilities physicists rely on. The astrophysics course is wide in its scope, providing a survey of the universe from the planets of our solar system to the most distant galaxies.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements GCE/VCE A Levels - ABB Two GCE A Levels plus two GCE AS Levels - AB + BB Scottish Highers - AAAB + AB in Advanced Highers Irish Leaving Cert. - AABBB International Baccalaureate - 33 points Core requirements: GCE A Level Physics and Maths. GCE AS Level Maths cannot replace GCE A Level Maths
  • Academic title
    BSc Physics and Astrophysics
  • Course description
    Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

    Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

    Important notice :
    This is a list of modules that have been offered in the past. We expect similar modules to be offered for courses starting in 2009.

    This information is provided for illustration only and you should check with the department directly when applying to confirm module options.

    Typical First Year Modules

    Module/Unit Credits
    Fields, Waves and Quanta  20
    Introductory Mathematics for Physicists and Astronomers  20
    Mechanics, Heat and Matter  20
    Further Subsidiary Mathematics  10
    Introduction to Astrophysics  10
    Mathematics for Physicists  10
    Observing the Night Sky: the Celestial Sphere and Astronomical Instruments  10
    Our Evolving Universe  10
    The Solar System  10
    Typical Second Year Modules

    Module/Unit Credits
    Atomic Spectra and Relativity  10
    Electromagnetism  10
    Experimental Physics I  10
    Extra-Solar Planets and Astrobiology  10
    Galaxies  10
    Mathematical Methods for Physics and Astronomy  10
    Quantum Mechanics  10
    Solids  10
    Stellar Structure and Evolution  10
    Techniques of Observation  10
    The Dynamic Interstellar Medium  10
    Thermal Physics  10
    Typical Third Year Modules

    Module/Unit Credits
    Astronomy Project  10
    Dark Matter and the Universe  10
    History of Astronomy  10
    Introduction to Cosmology  10
    Nuclear Astrophysics  10
    Relativity and Cosmology  10
    Stellar Atmospheres  10
    Techniques of Problem Solving in Physics & Astronomy  10
    Aspects of Modern Physics (Half Module)  10
    Atomic and Laser Physics  10
    Further Quantum Mechanics  10
    Group Project in Physics  10
    Magnetism and Superconductivity  10
    Mathematical Physics  10
    Metals, Semi-conductors and Insulators  10
    Nuclear Physics  10
    Numerical and Computational Physics  10
    Optics  10
    Particle Physics  10
    Physics Level 3 Project 1  10
    Physics Level 3 Project 2  10
    Physics in an Enterprise Culture  10
    Programming in C  10
    Statistical Physics  10

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