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6.2 Core and Options (16/17)

The School's degree programmes are based on a core of physics and mathematics, with different programmes distinguished by the course units which supplement the core. 'Physics with' programmes comprise about two-thirds core physics with most of the remainder of the material in the appropriate specialisation. The Mathematics and Physics joint honours programme is split 50:50 between the core areas of the two disciplines.

Because the core is common, students on 'Physics with' programmes have the option of transferring to honours Physics at the start of any year. Similarly, students in honours Physics who follow the relevant option pathway may transfer to a 'Physics with' programme at the start of any year with permission from the Programme Director. In addition, transfers between honours Physics and Physics with Astrophysics are normally possible at the start of the second semester in any year. The transfer to Physics with Philosophy is only permitted in the first six weeks of Semester 1 of first year. If you would like to change degree programme, you should email Karen Rogers in the School Office, karen.rogers@manchester.ac.uk .

Transfer from the Mathematics and Physics joint honours programme into honours Mathematics is normally possible at the start of the second year, and into honours Physics at the start of the second or third year, subject to the normal progression criteria (See Section 8.2).