Specific A Level Entry Requirements: Physics A level and Mathematics A level, both at least at Grade B.

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This pathway requires a set of first-year maths-based modules, either through the Physics Department (under the heading Physical Systems) or the Mathematics Department (under the heading Single Mathematics). As such, students taking Physics can only take one other pathway in addition to either of the supporting maths pathways.

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You will develop a working knowledge and understanding of the physics of fluids and solids, especially their thermal and electrical properties, with emphasis also in computing, classical mechanics and quantum physics.

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
Mandatory modules Mandator modules Non-mandatory modules
Classical Mechanics Introduction to Experimental Lab Astrophysics II
Complex Methods Non-mandatory modules Astrophysics Laboratory
Electric and Magnetic Fields Astronomy Atomic Physics
Functions and Differentiation Astrophysics I Computer Modelling
Integration Classical Fields Cosmology Group Project
Quantum Physics Cosmology I Cosmology II
Series and Differential Equations Electromagnetism Energy
The Physical Universe Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics Flavour Physics
Thermal Properties of Matter Experimental Lab I Groups and Symmetries
Vector Calculus Experimental Lab II Low Temperature Physics Laboratory
  Experimental Lab III Particle Physics
  Experimental Principles of Particle Detection Particle Physics Group Project
  Maths I Physics Literature Search
  Maths II Physics of Fluids
  Mechanics and Variations Physics of Living Systems
  Quantum Mechanics Semiconductor Physics Laboratory
  Relativity, Nuclei and Particles Solid State Physics
  Scientific Programming and Modelling Project Space and Auroral Physics
  Thermal Properties of Matter Statistical Physics
    Theoretical Physics Group Project
    Theoretical Physics Independent Study

To study on any particular Pathway you must meet the entry requirements of that subject. The information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. For more information, please read our guide on how Pathways work.