PHY3214 Electromagnetism II 2017-18
Staff of Foreign Host Institution
Delivery Weeks: As agreed
Level: 6 (NQF)
Credits: 15 NICATS / 7.5 ECTS
Enrolment: 2 students (approx)


This is the second electromagnetism module taken by Physics students. It builds on PHY2021 (Electromagnetism I) and covers fundamental physics that students are capable of directly observing. The dielectric and magnetic properties of solids are introduced and a range of interesting phenomena are covered including the scattering of light the propagation of electromagnetic waves, etc., are important in a wide variety of areas and in many key technologies. The early part of the module is primarily a recap and a reinforcing of the difficult material treated at the end of PHY2021.

This is a Physics Core module taken at a study-abroad host institutions. The module(s) at the host institution that contribute to this module must be approved by the Stage 3 Study Abroad Co-ordinator.

Module Aims

The module aims to develop students' understanding of Maxwell's equations and their applications including some advanced topics. Specifically, students will get to the point where they can handle the fundamentals of fields due to moving charges and also to begin to explore the interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

A student who has passed this module should be able to:

Syllabus Plan

The syllabus should match, as far as reasonably practical, the contents of PHY3051 (Electromagnetism II) and must satisfy Institute of Physics Accreditation requirements and must not duplicate modules that have already been taken, or will be taken in the future, as part of the degree.

  1. Mathematical formulation of Maxwell's equations
  2. Propagation of electromagnetic waves through isotropic media
  3. Fresnel's equations and reflection and transmission at a boundary
  4. Radiation theory and its application
  5. Scattering of electromagnetic radiation by atoms and molecules.

Learning and Teaching

Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

Description Study time KIS type
Study in accordance with the conventions of the host institution 150 hours PLS


Weight Form Size When ILOS assessed Feedback
33% Homework (see note) Weekly 4-hour sets Week T1:10 1-9 Written
67% Final exam (see note) 2 hours Week T1:10 1-9 Written

Notes: Assessment assignment patterns follow the conventions of the host institution. The above entries are only indicative of typical arrangements. Grades awarded by overseas institutions are converted to Exeter grades using the conversion procedures described in the Physics Handbook


The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of information that students are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Instructor(s).

Core text:

Supplementary texts:


Further Information

Prior Knowledge Requirements

Pre-requisite Modules N/A
Co-requisite Modules N/A


Re-assessment is not available except when required by referral or deferral.

Original form of assessment Form of re-assessment ILOs re-assessed Time scale for re-assessment

Notes: Re-assessment arrangements follow the conventions of the host institution

KIS Data Summary

Learning activities and teaching methods
SLT - scheduled learning & teaching activities 0 hrs
GIS - guided independent study 0 hrs
PLS - placement/study abroad 150 hrs
Total 150 hrs
Summative assessment
Coursework 33%
Written exams 67%
Practical exams 0%
Total 100%


IoP Accreditation Checklist
  • EM-04 Maxwell's equations and plane electromagnetic wave solution; Poynting vector
  • SS-07 Magnetic properties of matter
  • EM-06 Polarisation of waves and behaviour at plane interfaces
Availability Physics programmes with study abroad only
Distance learning NO
Keywords Physics; Core; Host institution; Study Abroad.
Created 01-Oct-10
Revised 07-Nov-16