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School of Physics and Astronomy

2.3 Aims and Learning Outcomes distinctive to particular degree programmes (16/17)

  1. Graduates in Physics will have demonstrated:

· Knowledge and skills which are additional to those met in core physics. By selecting options, they may have studied particular topics in theoretical and experimental physics in more depth, taken courses in astrophysics, acquired extra skills in computing, and/or broadened their knowledge in applied science, mathematics, biological physics, genetics, economics, modern languages, the history and philosophy of science, business and management or other subjects.

Graduates in Physics with Astrophysics will have:

· Demonstrated detailed knowledge of astronomical phenomena and be able to explain the physical principles underlying these phenomena.

· Appreciated principal issues in observational astronomy and carry out observations and analysis of astronomical data.

Graduates in Physics with Theoretical Physics will have:

· Demonstrated understanding of the role of mathematics in physics, both as a tool and at a deeper level as in, for instance, symmetry principles.

· Used quantum mechanics in a variety of applications.

· Used mathematical models and techniques at a higher level than is expected of physics students; using numerical as well as analytical techniques.

Graduates in Physics with Study in Europe will have:

· Demonstrated an appreciation of cultural differences in the approach to physics as a mathematical and practical subject.

· Shown that they can communicate fluently in a foreign language, in particular on scientific topics.

  1. The Physics with Philosophy programme aims to:

· Develop the ability to assimilate complex philosophical issues and present a clear, reasoned argument.

· Develop an understanding of the mechanisms of acquiring and using knowledge and logic.

· Prepare students for further study and research in physics and philosophy and for a wide range of career opportunities in industry, commerce and education.

  1. The Mathematics and Physics programme aims to:

· Offer an opportunity to study Mathematics and Physics within an internationally leading research environment.

· Give students a grounding in the core ideas of mathematics, including the concept of rigorous argument and formal proof, and an appreciation of the power and generality of abstract formulation and the analytic method.

· Provide an awareness of the broad range of applications that can be modelled mathematically and knowledge of the analytic and numerical techniques that can be used to solve the attendant problems.

· Give students experience of advanced mathematical methods, ideas and thinking.

The Masters level programme also aims to further equip students for professional employment, in particular by developing their analytic skills within and beyond the boundaries of Mathematics and Physics.