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2.1 Common aims of undergraduate programmes in physics (16/17)

All undergraduate programmes in physics aim to

1. Offer an opportunity to study Physics within an internationally-leading research environment.

2. Provide students with a sound base of knowledge and understanding of basic physics principles, to expose them to the applications of these principles in a broad range of areas, and to allow them to study some of these in depth.

3. Provide the opportunity for students to study a specialised area of physics such as astrophysics or theoretical physics to an advanced level, and to obtain a degree whose title reflects this.

4. Give students the possibility of combining the acquisition of a sound base of physics with the study of a foreign language, and offer the opportunity to pursue a part of their studies in another European country or in North America or Singapore.

5. Provide students with a training in the mathematical techniques which underpin physics, and to offer them the opportunity to develop related skills and knowledge to a high level.

6. Provide students with comprehensive training in laboratory techniques, the skills of investigation planning, and handling of experimental apparatus, data analysis and interpretation, and the communication of results.

7. Foster students' development of transferable and personal skills, including those of problem-solving, analysis, independent learning, team-working, IT and communication, which will be essential to their future careers.

8. Provide a flexible structure within which students' changing interests and aspirations can be accommodated.

9. Provide students with a friendly and supportive environment in which to develop intellectually and personally.

10. Equip students for employment in a broad range of disciplines, particularly those which value numerate graduates who can apply their knowledge and problem-solving skills to real-world situations.

11. The Masters level programmes aim to provide students with knowledge and skills which will equip them to start a doctorate, and to expose them to a sufficient range of topics that they can make a well-informed choice of subject area.

12. The Masters level programmes also aim to further equip students for professional employment, in particular by developing their analytical skills within and beyond the boundaries of Physics and by equipping them to make sound decisions in the absence of complete information.