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MPhys Programmes Fourth Year - Semesters 7 and 8 (16/17)

MPhys Programmes Fourth Year - Semesters 7 and 8

Options

Year 4 options are in lists 7, 7E, 8 and 8E below. Options may also be chosen from lists 5, 5E(3), 6C, 6 and 6E(3), with the following constraints:

1 You must take at least 120 credits at level 4 in years 3 and 4 together;

2 You may not take more than 30 credits of options from the external (E) lists in year 4.

Physics, Physics with Astrophysics and Physics with Theoretical Physics

Students do 60 credits per semester. All students do PHYS40181/2 (MPhys project, 20 credits) in each semester, leaving 40 credits of options in S7 and S8. To qualify for Physics with Astrophysics or with Theoretical Physics, at least 30 credits must be taken in year 4 marked with (A) or (M) for Astrophysics and Theoretical Physics respectively (may include designated projects). Students who have spent year 3 abroad must take at least 90 credits of level 4 courses in year 4.

Physics with Study in Europe

Students do 60 credits per semester. The following are the usual rules, but they may be varied in exceptional circumstances by agreement with the Programme Director. In S7 students take PHYS40580 (level 4 (3rd year) lab, 10 credits) and in S8 PHYS40182 (MPhys Project, 20 credits), leaving 50 and 40 credits of options in semesters 7 and 8 respectively. As far as possible, gaps in third year core (usually Solid State and/or Particle and Nuclear Physics) must be covered. At least 90 credits of level 4 material must be taken in year 4.


Physics with Philosophy

Students do courses to a total credit rating of 120 or 125 for the year. Subject to that constraint, 55, 60 or 65 credits may be taken in each of S7 and S8. Students do either an MPhys Project (PHYS40181 or

PHYS40182 (20 credits)) or a Philosophy Extended Essay (PHIL40000) (10 credits) in each of S7 and S8, e.g., if PHYS40181 is taken in S7 then the extended essay must be taken in S8. In addition to project work Physics with Philosophy students choose one of the following:

(a) 2 units of level 6 Philosophy (30 credits) or 1 level 6 and 1 level 3 module (35 credits) and 6 units of Physics (60 credits)

(b) 2 units of level 6 Philosophy (30 credits), one unit of mathematical logic (15 credits) and 5 units of Physics (50 credits)

(c) 1 unit of level 6 Philosophy (15 credits), 2 units of mathematical logic (30 credits) and 5 units of Physics (50 credits)

Mathematics and Physics

Students do courses to a total credit rating of 120 or 125 for the year. Subject to that constraint, 55, 60 or 65 credits may be taken in each of S7 and S8. At least 50 credits in Physics and 50 credits in Mathematics over the course of the year must be taken, including MATH40011 or MATH40022 (Mathematics Project, 15 credits) and PHYS40181 or PHYS40182 (MPhys Project, 20 credits). (The two projects should be taken in different semesters). In addition CARS21001 (Career Management Skills) may be taken (note this does not contribute to the minimum of 50 credits in either subject area). The remaining options are chosen from the lists 5, 6C, 6, 7 and 8, and Mathematics course units. PHYS30672(M) (Mathematical Methods in Physics) cannot be taken.


Option List 7:

PHYS40411

Soft Matter Physics

PHYS40421

Nuclear Structure and Exotic Nuclei

PHYS40451

Superconductors and Superfluids

PHYS40481(M)

Quantum Field Theory

PHYS40521

Frontiers of Particle Physics 1

PHYS40571(M)

Advanced Statistical Physics

PHYS40591(A)

Radio Astronomy

PHYS40631

Laser Photomedicine

PHYS40771(M,A)

Gravitation

PHYS46111

Frontiers of Laser Physics

Option List 7E:

MCEL30011

Advanced Technology Enterprise (level 4)

MCEL30051

Enterprise Strategy and Marketing

HSTM33201

History of Climate Change (level 3)

Option List 8:

PHYS40612

Frontiers of Photon Science

PHYS40622

Nuclear Forces & Reactions

PHYS40652

Physics of Fluids

PHYS40682(M)

Gauge Theories

PHYS40722

Frontiers of Particle Physics 2

PHYS40732

Biomaterials Physics

PHYS40752

Frontiers of Solid State Physics

PHYS40772(M,A)

Early Universe

PHYS40992(A)

Galaxy Formation

Option List 8E:

MCEL30012

Advanced Technology Enterprise (level 4)

MCEL40022

Enterprise Feasibility

MACE31642

Reactor Systems (PHYS40422 is a pre-

requisite for Physics students) (level 3)

Year 4 options are in lists 7, 7E, 8 and 8E. Options may also be chosen from lists 5, 5E(3), 6C, 6 and 6E(3), with the following constraints:

1 You must take at least 120 credits at level 4 in years 3 and 4 together;

You may not take more than 30 credits of options from the external (E) lists in year 4.