The course is taught through lectures, supporting tutorials and laboratory classes. Learning takes place through the research and the presentation of findings, report writing, individual and group assignments and practical work-based exercises.
The first year of study introduces the fundamental laws and principles of physics, including classical dynamics, electricity and magnetism, atomic and nuclear physics, relativity, quantum physics, thermal physics, waves, vibrations and modern optics. In the second and third years, you will further study the fundamental principles of physics along with practical, laboratory-based work.
You will also be able to choose from a number of applied physics module options, linked to faculty research and covering many fields in technology, engineering and computing. In your third year you will also undertake an individual project in a subject of your choice.
You can opt for the four-year MPhys version of the degree, which has been designed primarily for students who are thinking of a career that makes substantial use of a comprehensive knowledge of physics. A fourth year involves carrying out a research project related to a topic of your choosing and develops your specialist skills and knowledge further.
Assessment is typically through exams, phase tests, laboratory exercises, reports and presentations, along with individual and group coursework. There is an emphasis on practical skills underpinned by theoretical understanding. You will normally attend around 12-16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 24 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.