FG31 Combined Honours Mathematics and Physics
Combined Honours Programme Information (2017/18 Intake)
The definitive programme specification for this programme is
published by the Department of Mathematics. The information on this page is for
administrative purposes within the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and should not be
used in other contexts.
Programme structures and requirements, levels, modules, credits and awards
The following tables describe the programme planned for delivery to students commencing Stage 1 in the academic
year 2017/18. Some modules
will be updated or replaced in future years as a consequence
of normal programme development activity and staff rotation.
Stage One (20172018) 
Code  Title  Period  Credits  Level  Notes 
ECM1706 
Numbers, Symmetries and Groups 
T1:0105,0712 
15 
4 

PHY1021 
Vector Mechanics 
T1:0105,0712 
15 
4 

PHY1025 
Mathematics Skills 
T1:0105,0712 
15 
4 

PHY1030 
Practical Physics and IT Skills 
T1:0105,0712, T2:0105, T3:06 
15 
4 

PHY1023 
Waves and Optics 
T2:0111 
15 
4 

PHY1024 
Properties of Matter 
T2:0111 
15 
4 

PHY1026 
Mathematics for Physicists 
T2:0111 
15 
4 

ECM1704 
Mathematical Investigations 
T1:0105,0712 
15 
4 

Stage Two (20182019) 
Code  Title  Period  Credits  Level  Notes 
PHY2021 
Electromagnetism I 
T1:0111 
15 
5 

PHY2022 
Quantum Mechanics I 
T1:0111 
15 
5 

List 2M 
Option(s) from List 2M 

15 


List 2A 
Option(s) from List 2A 

30 


ECM2712 
Linear Algebra 
T2:0111 
15 
5 

List 2B 
Option(s) from List 2B 

15 


List 2C 
Option(s) from List 2C 

15 


List 2M Options 
ECM2701 
Analysis 
T1:0111 
15 
5 

ECM2711 
Groups, Rings and Fields 
T1:0111 
15 
5 

List 2A Options 
PHY2025 
Mathematics with Physical Applications 
T1:0111, T2:0111 
15 
5 
If PHY2026 also taken. 
PHY2026 
Practical Physics II 
T1:0311, T2:0111 
15 
5 
If PHY2025 also taken. 
ECM2702 
Differential Equations 
T1:0111 
15 
5 
If ECM2707 also taken. 
ECM2707 
Systems, Series and Transforms 
T2:0111 
15 
5 
If ECM2702 also taken. 
List 2B Options 
PHY2023 
Thermal Physics 
T2:0111 
15 
5 

PHY2024 
Condensed Matter I 
T2:0111 
15 
5 

List 2C Options 
ECM2706 
Vector Calculus and Applications 
T2:0111 
15 
5 

ECM2707 
Systems, Series and Transforms 
T2:0111 
15 
5 

PHY2023 
Thermal Physics 
T2:0111 
15 
5 

PHY2024 
Condensed Matter I 
T2:0111 
15 
5 

PHY2029 
The Physics of Living Systems 
T2:0111 
15 
5 

PHY2030 
Observing the Universe 
T2:0111 
15 
5 

PHY2032 
Analytical and Chaotic Dynamics 
T2:0111 
15 
5 

PHY2034 
Lasers, Materials and Nanoscale Probes for Quantum Applications 
T2:0111 
15 
5 
If PHY2024 also taken. 
Stage Three (20192020) 
Code  Title  Period  Credits  Level  Notes 
PHY3051 
Electromagnetism II 
T1:0111 
15 
6 

PHY3147 
OneSemester Physics Project and Report 
T1:0111 or T2:0111 
15 
6 
Pass without condonement required. 
PHY3052 
Nuclear and High Energy Physics 
T2:0111 
15 
6 

MATHOPS3 
Mathematics Option (NQF Level 6) 

45 


List 3 
Option(s) from List 3 

30 


List 3 Options 
PHY3061 
The Biophysics of Cells and Tissues 
T1:0111 
15 
6 

PHY3062 
Methods of Theoretical Physics 
T1:0111 
15 
6 

PHY3064 
Nanostructures and Graphene Science 
T1:0111 
15 
6 

PHY3067 
Energy and the Environment 
T1:0111 
15 
6 

PHY3070 
Stars from Birth to Death 
T1:0111 
15 
6 

PHY3066 
Galaxies and High Energy Astrophysics 
T2:0111 
15 
6 

PHY3068 
Principles of Theoretical Physics 
T2:0111 
15 
6 

PHY3069 
Ultrafast Physics 
T2:0111 
15 
6 

PHY3071 
Soft Matter 
T2:0111 
15 
6 

MATHOP3 
Mathematics Option (NQF Level 6) 

15 


Mathematics programme
Refer to information published by the Department of Mathematics.
Physics programme
The programme is intended to:
 Provide education and training of high quality in Physics.
 Stimulate and encourage in students a questioning and
creative approach, thus developing their enthusiasm for Physics and
a capacity for independent judgement.
 Facilitate students' personal development through the acquisition and use of
a wide range of transferable skills.
 Provide students with a sound foundation in
Physics,
preparing them
well for employment or further study and meeting the national needs
for qualified graduates as identified by the relevant professional
accrediting bodies.
The Department of Physics intends to provide students taking this programme with:
 Opportunities to engage with a range of advanced concepts and applications,
drawing upon the specialist expertise of the staff.
 The opportunity, through the flexibility provided by a wide
range of choices of both degree programmes and modules, to complete a programme
of study relevant to their interests and aptitudes.
 Regular and frequent smallgroup contact with
staff with the appropriate teaching skills and experience, including current
activity in highlevel research.
 An environment which is caring and supportive in both
academic and pastoral aspects and which will have encompassed an appropriate
range of teaching methods and broadened their learning experience.
12. Programme outcomes
Mathematics programme
Refer to information published by the Department of Mathematics.
Physics programme
On successful completion of the programme, it is intended that the student should be able to demonstrate:
 Subject knowledge and skills
 Knowledge and understanding of most fundamental physical laws and
principles, and competence in the application of these principles to
diverse areas of physics.
 Ability to solve problems in physics using appropriate mathematical
tools. Students should be able to identify the relevant physical
principles and make approximations necessary to obtain solutions.
 Ability to use mathematical techniques and analysis to model physical behaviour.
 Core academic skills
 Ability to execute and analyse critically the results of an
experiment or investigation and draw valid conclusions. Students should
be able to evaluate the level of uncertainty in their results and
compare these results with expected outcomes, theoretical predictions or
with published data. They should be able to evaluate the significance of
their results in this context.
 Sound familiarity with laboratory apparatus and techniques.
 Personal and key skills
 Ability in numerical manipulation and the ability to present and
interpret information graphically.
 Ability to communicate scientific information. In particular
students should be able to produce clear and accurate scientific
reports.
 Ability to manage their own learning and to make use of appropriate
texts, researchbased materials or other learning resources.
Reference points used to construct this specification:
13. Teaching, learning and assessment methods
Mathematics programme
Refer to information published by the Department of Mathematics.
Physics programme
Teaching/learning:
 Subject knowledge and skills
 Material is introduced by lectures and directed reading/research.
Students are given clear guidance in how to manage their learning and
are expected to take progressively more responsibility for their own
learning at each stage. Understanding is developed and consolidated in
problems classes and tutorials and by laboratory work and private study
exercises, carried out individually and in pairs or groups. A mix of
selfassessed and tutormarked work provides rapid feedback. Project
work is used to integrate material and make knowledge functional. A set
of compulsory core modules cover the 'fundamental physical laws' in
progressively greater depth at each stage of the programme. These laws
are applied in the options modules and projects at Stages 2 and 3.
Mathematical skills are learned within dedicated modules and
are applied and reinforced in the other 'physics' modules.
 Core academic skills
 The 'Practical Physics' modules at Stages 1 and 2 provide a thorough training
in the execution and critical analysis of an experimental investigation. These
skills are developed further in the Stage 3 projects which require students to
plan and execute experiments. They must also present and defend their conclusions.
 Personal and key skills
 Initial training in the manipulation, presentation and interpretation
of data occurs during Stage 1 in the mathematics, and Practical Physics modules
and in tutorials. These skills are developed and used at progressively higher levels throughout
the programme.
 Initial training in scientific communication occurs during Stage 1 in the Practical Physics module
and in tutorials. These skills are developed and used at progressively higher levels throughout
the programme.
 Students learn, with the guidance of tutors and module instructors, to take progressively more
responsibility for managing their own learning at each stage of the programme.
Assessment methods:
 Subject knowledge and skills
 Direct assessment is through a range of midsemester
tests (Stage 1 and 2 only), formal written examinations, and marked
coursework in the form of problem sheets, laboratory reports,
reports/essays based on directed reading and research. The Stage 3
project assessment is based on performance in laboratory work, oral
presentations, planning ability, a formal written report and a
poster presentation. Assessment criteria are published in the
School Handbook.
 Core academic skills
 Analytical skills are assessed within many modules through a range
of formal written examinations, and marked coursework in the form of
problem sheets, etc. These skills are primarily demonstrated in
project work however. The 'Practical Physics II' module at Stage 2 includes a
small scale project, assessed by practical work/results and
a presentation. This leads onto the Stage 3 projects. The Stage 3
project assessment is based on performance in laboratory work, oral
presentations, planning ability, a formal written report and a
poster presentation. Assessment criteria are published in the
School Handbook.
 Personal and key skills
 Assessment of key skills is mostly through items of coursework:
written and oral presentations, and through project work.