Physics

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Requires Physics and Mathematics A Levels at grade B or higher (grade A for Single Mathematics option).

This pathway provides 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. 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), both listed below. As such, students taking Physics can only take one other pathway in addition to either of the supporting Maths pathways.

Year OneYear TwoYear Three
The Physical Universe Introduction to Experimental Lab Particle Physics
Classical Mechanics Maths Solid State Physics
Electric and Magnetic Fields Electromagnetism, Waves and Optics Atomic Physics
Thermal Properties of Matter Quantum Mechanics Statistical Physics
Quantum Physics Relativity, Nuclei and Particles Physics of Fluids
  Thermal Properties of Matter Semiconductor Physics Laboratory
plus Physical Systems Experimental Lab Low-Temperature Physics Laboratory
Functions and Differentiation Astronomy Particle Physics Group Project
Integration Experimental principles of particle detection Physics Literature Search
Series and Differential Equations Astrophysics 1 Cosmology 2
Complex Methods Cosmology 1 Astrophysics 2
Vector Calculus Space Physics Astrophysics Laboratory 
  Mechanics and Variations Cosmology Group Project
or Single Mathematics Classical Fields Groups and Symmetries
Calculus Scientific Programming and Modelling Project Flavour Physics
Further Calculus   Aurora-Atmospheric Physics
Probability   Space Science Group Project
Statistics   Theoretical Physics Independent Study
Linear Algebra   Theoretical Physics Group Project
    Physics of Living Systems
    Advanced Nanoscale Microscopy
    Physics of Global Warming
    Energy
    Computer Modelling

Compulsory modules are highlighted in grey.