This page is advice for students who are not registered on Physics programmes but who are interested in taking a Physics module as an elective.

All Physics modules assume students a background of good A-levels (typically A-grades) in Physics and Mathematics. Physics modules are unlikely to be a satisfactory experience for students who do not have this background.

Physics modules and links to their module descriptors are listed here:

Modules involving laboratory-work, project-work, study abroad *etc.* are not normally available as electives.

Some module descriptors refer to extra work set and discussed in 'tutorials'. Students
taking electives don't have a physics tutor but copies of worksheets will be available
*via* ELE and can be discussed with the module leader as necessary.

Applications to take elective modules should be submitted on a 'module choice form' available from Student Support Service hubs. Applications are subject to timetable restrictions and academic approval by the student's 'home' programme director and the Director of Education (Physics and Astronomy).

The Maths Department allows its students take Physics modules as electives provided they don't duplicate content available in Maths (ECMx7nn) modules. The following modules are particularly suitable for single-honours Maths students and have been approved in recent years:

- NQF Level 4:
- PHY1022 Introduction to Astrophysics (Term 1)
- PHY1024 Properties of Matter (Term 2)

- NQF Level 5:
- PHY2021 Electromagnetism I (Term 1)
- PHY2022 Quantum Mechanics I (Term 1)
- PHY2027 Scientific Programming in C (Term 1)
- PHY2023 Thermal Physics (Term 2, needs PHY1024 as pre-requisite)
- PHY2030 Observing the Universe (Term 2, needs PHY1022 as pre-requisite)
- PHY2032 Analytical and Chaotic Dynamics (Term 2)

- NQF Level 6:
- PHY3052 Nuclear and High Energy Particle Physics (Term 2, needs PHY2022 as pre-requisite)

- NQF Level 7:
- PHYM006 Relativity and Cosmology (Term 2, needs PHY1022 as pre-requisite). Maths students should use ELE to familiarise themselves with the section on 'Special Relativity' in PHY1021 before PHYM006 commences.

Our most popular module with of students from CLES is:

If you have A-grade A-levels in physics and mathematics (or something equivalent) the following module may be suitable as electives:

- NQF Level 4:
- PHY1021 Vector Mechanics (Term 1)
- PHY1022 Introduction to Astrophysics (Term 1)
- PHY1023 Waves and Optics (Term 2)
- PHY1024 Properties of Matter (Term 2)