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School of Physics and Astronomy

Second Year - Semester 3 (16/17)

Second Year - Semester 3

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

Students take 60 credits per semester as specified below. All courses are 10 credits unless otherwise indicated. Please note that PHYS20811 is compulsory

for all programmes. It is not credit-weighted, but the mark counts towards the year mark, and your degree result.

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

Programme

PHYS20101

PHYS20141

PHYS20161

PHYS20171

PHYS20811

(0 Credits)

Lab.

Additional Core

Option

Physics

×

See List

Physics with Astrophysics

PHYS20491

×

Physics with Study in Europe

*[1]

PHYS20401(M)

Language Course[1]

×

Physics with Theoretical Physics

Not PHYS20181E

PHYS20401(M)

×

Physics with Philosophy

×

Not PHYS20181E

PHIL20261

(20 credits),

PHYS20280

×

Mathematics and Physics

×

×

*

Not PHYS20181E

MATH20111,

MATH20401

(20 credits)

PHYS20280 or MATH20201[2]

Note * indicates a choice of courses to be made.

Physics Core Courses

PHYS20101

Introduction to Quantum Mechanics

PHYS20141

Electromagnetism

PHYS20161

Introduction to Programming for Physicists

PHYS20171

Mathematics of Waves and Fields

PHYS20180

Second Year Laboratory (Double unit S3 & S4, 20 credits)

includes if appropriate

PHYS20181E

Amplifiers and Feedback

PHYS20280

Second Year Laboratory (S3 only, 10 credits)

PHYS20811

Professional Skills (0 credits)

Additional Core and Options

PHYS20401(M)

Lagrangian Dynamics

PHYS20491

Galaxies

MATH20111

Real Analysis

MATH20201

Algebraic Structures 1

MATH20401

Partial Differential Equations and Vector

Calculus (20 credits)

PHIL20261

Philosophy of Science (20 credits)

Additional Programme Information

1. Physics with Study in Europe: Students who have already reached a satisfactory level in their language in 1st year and who are not doing a language course will do lab; otherwise a language course is taken instead.

2. Mathematics and Physics:Students usually take EITHER MATH20201, MATH20212 and PHYS20280 (S4) OR PHYS20280 (S3), MATH20122 and MATH20502. If after taking MATH20201, the follow-up course is considered inadvisable by the student and their personal tutor, MATH20122 may be substituted. Other deviations from the recommended maths courses may be allowed for BSc candidates only, after consultation with their personal tutor. However they should note that they have a second opportunity to take some year 2 options in year 3, but if they don't take the recommended courses in 2nd year they may find that they have a very restricted choice in 3rd year.

S3 Options List

Students with an option choose 1 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.

External Option List 3E

EART10111

Planet Earth

ECON10081

The UK Economy: Microeconomics

ECON20101

Economics for Environmental Management

HSTM10221

Science and the Modern World

MCEL10001

Exploring Enterprise

MCEL30001

Tools and Techniques for Enterprise

Physics Option List 3

PHYS20401(M)

Lagrangian Dynamics

PHYS20491

Galaxies

EART20281

Atmospheric Physics & Weather

LEAP

Study of a foreign language as a double option (studied in S3 and S4) (LEAP - see section 6.5) may be taken by honours Physics students

( http://www.ulc.manchester.ac.uk/languages/leap/ ).

University College

Options offered through the University College may be taken, if the timetable does not clash with physics core, including laboratory (see section 6.7).

( http://www.college.manchester.ac.uk/courseunits/ )

BMAP

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

Tutorials

All students attend one physics tutorial each week in both semesters. Physics with Study in Europe students also attend Physics in a Foreign Language tutorials as part of their programme in the second year. Physics with Philosophy students will be told about tutorial arrangements in Philosophy by the School of Social Sciences.