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School of Physics and Astronomy

First Year - Semester 1 (16/17)

First Year - Semester 1

MPhys/BSc programmes (These are the same in Y1 and Y2).

Students take 60 credits per semester [1] as specified below. All courses are 10 credits unless otherwise indicated.

Courses marked with (M) require a higher than average aptitude for maths.

Programme

PHYS10071

PHYS10101

PHYS10121

PHYS10191

Lab.

Additional Core

Option

Physics

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Physics with Astrophysics

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See List

Physics with Study in Europe

Language Course[2]

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Physics with Theoretical Physics

not 10180E

PHYS10471(M)

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Physics with Philosophy

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not 10180E, incl 10181B & 10181L

PHIL10021 (20 credits)

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Mathematics and Physics

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×

not 10180E, incl 10181B & 10181L

MATH10111 (15 credits)

MATH10121 (20 credits)

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Additional Core

PHYS10471(M)

Random Processes in Physics

MATH10111

Sets, Numbers & Functions (15 credits)

MATH10121

Calculus and Vectors (20 credits)

PHIL10021

Values We Live By (20 credits)

Physics Core Courses

PHYS10071

Mathematics 1

PHYS10101

Dynamics

PHYS10121

Quantum Physics and Relativity

PHYS10191

Introduction to Astrophysics and Cosmology

PHYS10180

First Year Laboratory (Double unit S1 & S2, 20 credits):

PHYS10280

First Year Laboratory

Including:

PHYS10181B

Computing and Data Analysis

PHYS10180E

Digital Electronics

PHYS10181F

Special Topics in Physics

PHYS10181L

Light and Optics (Philosophy and Mathematics and Physics)



Additional Programme Information

1. Mathematics and Physics: Students take 65 credits in semester 1 and 55 credits in semester 2.

2. Physics with Study in Europe: Students take a language course appropriate in level to their initial knowledge of the language. LEAP courses (see section 6.5) are 10 credits in S1 and 10 credits in S2. Students in Physics with Study in Europe who begin with limited language skills may have to do extra work to reach the appropriate level by the end of first year. Students who have already reached the appropriate standard will be excused the language course and will be required to choose alternative course units.

S1 Options List

Students with an option choose 1 course from the following and are responsible for checking that they fulfil any course pre-requisites and that any external options don't clash with physics core.

Physics Option List 1

PHYS10461

Physics in Everyday Life

PHYS10471(M)

Random Processes in Physics

External Option List 1E

EART10111

Planet Earth

ECON10041

Microeconomic Principles

ECON10081

The UK Economy: Microeconomics

HSTM10221

Science and the Modern World

LEAP

Study of a foreign language as a double option (studied in semester 1 and 2) (LEAP - see section 6.5) may be taken by first year students on the Physics programme ( http://www.ulc.manchester.ac.uk/languages/leap/ ).

BMAP

Business and Management Options (see section 6.6) ( http://courseunits.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/Undergraduate/Manchester-Business-School )

Tutorials and Workshops

All students (except Mathematics and Physics) have 2 tutorials, plus a 2 hour workshop, each week in both semesters. Physics with Philosophy students will be told about tutorial arrangements in Philosophy by the School of Social Sciences. Mathematics and Physics students attend 1 physics tutorial each week, and 1 hour of workshop in semester 2.