Programme And Module Handbook
Programme Specification

Date Specification Approved 12/11/2021
College College Eng and Physical Sci
School Physics and Astronomy
Department Physics & Astronomy
Partner College and School
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title M.Sci. Theoretical Physics Full-time
Programme Code 4409
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 4 Year(s)
Accreditations Institute of Physics (IOP)
Aims of the Programme To provide the students with a broadly based education in Physics with specialised knowledge in theoretical Physics.
To develop physical, mathematical and computational problem solving skills along with other appropriate transferable skills, which will make them numerate and employable.
To learn to plan investigations and to collect and analyse data.
To develop a capacity for independent study and learning.
To develop skills in the writing of reports, and giving oral presentations.
To become proficient in laboratory work.
To provide a sufficiently large range of physics options in later years to develop a broad knowledge and to see theoretical ideas applied in a variety of contexts.
By these means students will acquire the knowledge and skill base necessary to pursue a large range of career options including academic or industrial research in Theoretical Physics or an allied subject.
Programme Outcomes
Students are expected to have Knowledge and Understanding of: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
Basic areas of Physics such as Quantum Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Classical Mechanics, Thermal and Statistical Physics and Atomic Physics
Basic Theoretical Physics such as Relativity, Analytical Mechanics, Chaos and Vector Spaces
Mathematics and its application to a broad range of subject areas
Experimental methods
Computational techniques and modelling, and more general transferable skills such as report writing, verbal presentation and the ability to work as part of an interactive team
A range of more advanced topics both in Physics and Applied Mathematics, reflecting sutdent interest and the wide research base of the School
A mathematical analysis package (MathCad) and formal programming language (C++)
Lectures supported by problem classes, examples classes, workshops and tutorials. Laboratory classes and project work. Computing classes, skills classes, laboratory reports and talks, group project work.
Examinations and continuously assessed work. Assessed reports and talks, observation of practical skills, viva voce interviews, peer and self-assessment. Group reports and team performance.
Students are expected to have attained the following Skills and other Attributes: Which will be gained through the following Teaching and Learning methods: and assessed using the following methods:
Analytic and problem solving skills, equipping them to apply their knowledge to a wide range of situations
Mathematical skills and the ability to apply them to many different areas of physics including both seen and unseen problems
A range of practical skills in physics, including experimental work, data manipulations and analysis and numerical modelling
A range of transferable skills including verbal and written communication, self organisation, computational skills and the use of information technology
Show self motivation and the ability to work independently as well as being effective team members
An ability to use a mathematical analysis package (MathCad) and a formal programming language (C++) to address physics problems
Lectures, workshops, general problems classes and tutorials. Laboratory and project work. Talks, essays and IT based modules. Group work. Language skills taught by the School of Modern Languages.
Examinations and continuous assessment. Talks, reports, viva voce examination, observation of practical skills. Report, talks and observation of team activities.