Physics (4 Years) [MPhys]

The study of physics is an attempt to understand everything that we can observe and measure in the universe; from the infinitesimally small to the infinitely large.

In your first and second years our core physics units will provide you with a foundation in classical physics, with topics including dynamics, waves, electromagnetism, and thermodynamics.

At the same time, you are introduced to concepts such as the unification of space and time, the wave-like behaviour of particles and the relation between entropy and disorder. This introduction is taught through course units in special relativity, quantum mechanics, cosmology, and statistical mechanics.

These concepts are essential for the understanding of molecules, atoms, nuclei, quarks and leptons, condensed matter, solid state electronic devices, electromagnetic radiation, lasers, stars, and general relativity; all of which can be studied in detail in your third and fourth years.

Course structure

Our Honours Physics course has a 'core plus option' feature, which allows you to devote 20% of your time in the first three years to topics chosen from a wide range of optional units. You can typically choose a variety of subjects from different streams to suit your interests.

In the fourth year of this MPhys course, you will tackle two projects; one in each semester. We usually offer a choice of more than 50 fourth-year projects, and in previous years they have included topics such as simulating the human heart, the optical properties of graphene, quantum chaos, and calibration of the jet energy scales at the Large Hadron Collider.

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