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 Mathematics
Collaborative Organisation and Form of Collaboration
Qualification and Programme Title M.Sci. Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics Full-time
Programme Code 0260
Delivery Location Campus
Language of Study English
Length of Programme 4 Year(s)
Accreditations Institute of Physics (IOP)
Aims of the Programme
  • To provide students with an appreciation of the distinctive nature of mathematics as the language of science, a creative discipline that forms a systematic way of structuring thoughts and arguments, closely tied to a coherent body of associated knowledge.
  • To provide students with a broadly based education in mathematics, including statistics and computational mathematics, and theoretical physics.
  • To provide a core understanding of mathematics and theoretical physics in the first two years and a wide range of mathematics and theoretical physics options, that reflect the research interests of the School, in the final year.
  • To make students aware of the wide range of career options open to them and prepare them for professional, graduate level employment or further study.
  • To develop mathematical skills such as modelling, problem solving and the use of precise technical language.
  • To develop other key skills such as a capacity for independent study and learning, report writing, giving presentations and team work.
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:
Key mathematical concepts and topics including the foundations and applications of calculus and analysis, linear algebra, abstract algebra, applied mathematics, mathematical optimisation, probability and statistics
The need for and techniques of proof and rigour and the ability to construct rigorous arguments
How to analyse and model both applied and abstract situations using the language of mathematics
How to solve problems arising from applied and abstract situations through both the creative and the routine application of mathematical techniques
Essential concepts, principles and theories relating to computing
The scientific and other career options open to highly qualified mathematics graduates
Lectures and tutorials; computer practicals; projects.
Tests, examinations, assignments, oral presentation.
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:
Ability to abstract the essentials of problems and formulate them mathematically and in a symbolic form
Analytical, numerical, computational, modelling and problem solving skills
Ability to select and apply appropriate mathematical methods for solving problems including those at an abstract level
Ability to construct and develop logical mathematical arguments with clear identification of assumptions and conclusions
Ability to present arguments and conclusions clearly and accurately
Ability to independently solve a substantial problem and present a solution both orally and in a dissertation
Capacity for independent study and learning, report writing, giving presentations
Lectures, tutorials and projects
Tests, examinations and oral presentations