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Physics Joint-subject Physics Degrees


Physics Joint-subject Physics Degrees

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                                              Visiting the Department                               Departmental website:
         In Profile...                        There are a number of open days throughout
                                              the Autumn and Spring terms to which all              UCAS codes for all our degree programmes can

                                              those to whom we make an offer to study in            be found on the departmental website or in the
Amanda                                        the Department will be invited. They comprise         University prospectus.
                                              an introductory talk by the Admissions Tutor,
Hemmings                                      a tour of campus and the department with an           Further Information

(4th year
Physics with
                                              undergraduate guide, lunch, opportunities to ask
                                              questions of staff individually, and a mini-lecture
                                              on a physics topic.
                                                                                                    The University of York has established an
                                                                                                    international reputation for the high quality of
                                                                                                    both its teaching and research. The University
Philosophy                                    The University holds two pre-application Open         enjoys an exceptional record in external
                                                                                                                                                            This leaflet addresses the particular details     grounding in physics coupled with a study           Physics and B in another A-level. Our typical
graduate)                                     Days, usually in July and October at a time when      assessments of its teaching quality, and its
                                                                                                                                                            of the various joint-subject physics degree       of business management. The physics is of           MPhys offer is grades AA in Physics and
                                              you are considering which degree programmes           academic staff are viewed as among the
                                              and universities to put on your UCAS form. See        country’s top researchers.                              programmes. It should be read in conjunction      sufficient depth for it to be possible for you to   Mathematics and grade B in another A-level.

  “     I thoroughly enjoyed my time          the Open Day website for dates:                                                                               with the “Physics Degree” leaflet.                pursue a higher degree in physics if you wish.      The third A-level may be General Studies.
                                                                                                    York is a distinctive university: large enough to                                                         This degree is ideal if you want a management       Other qualifications will also be considered.
        at York and met some fantastic                                                                             All our joint-subject degree programmes (except
                                                                                                    provide a vibrant social and cultural life, yet small                                                     career in a scientific based industry, but the      Additional information on this degree
people. That’s one of the advantages                                                                                                                        Mathematics with Physics) are accredited by the
of studying a combined subject; you get       Enquiries                                             enough to feel friendly and welcoming to all                                                              range of expertise and knowledge gained will        programme is available from the Department
                                                                                                                                                            Institute of Physics.
to meet so many different people with                                                               students. The University’s college system enables                                                         open up career prospects varying from scientific    of Mathematics. A degree programme of
                                              The following additional leaflets are also
diverse interests. York is a friendly city                                                          students to make friends easily, and encourages         Why Study Physics with Philosophy?                research through to general management.             Mathematics with Physics is also offered
with a fantastic range of pubs and close                                                            them to get involved in the huge range of social,                                                                                                             with even greater weighting towards the
                                              Physics Degree,                                                                                               This degree programme aims to give a wider        This degree programme can be taken as a
enough to Leeds for the serious clubber.                                                            musical and sporting activities on offer.                                                                                                                     mathematical content.
                                              Theoretical Physics Degree,                                                                                   academic perspective, which draws on both         3-year BSc, a 4-year BSc with a Year in Europe
The physics department is welcoming and       Physics with Astrophysics Degree,                     Situated in 200 acres of attractively landscaped        the science and the humanities heritage. This     or as a 4-year MPhys.                               Teaching Excellence
you don’t feel like you are just a number     Physics combined with study abroad,                   parkland, with all the major facilities at hand, the    degree is not intended as primarily one of the
like some of my sixth form friends did in     Physics with a Foundation Year                                                                                                                                  Why Study Mathematics and Physics?                  One area of great concern to students and staff
                                                                                                    University is also within easy reach of the city        philosophy of science, but naturally lectures
their departments. I got to know many of                                                                                                                                                                                                                          alike is the quality of the teaching provided.
                                              If you would like a copy of these leaflets, or        centre. More than an historic city, York’s lively       and seminars on this subject are included.        This degree programme includes a good
my lecturers well, and there was always                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Department was awarded the maximum
                                              require any further information, then please          cultural scene, and impressive leisure and sports       The nature of the combination of these two        all-round knowledge of physics, but with an
someone to ask for help. The philosophy                                                                                                                                                                                                                           mark of 24 out of 24 for the teaching quality
                                              contact:                                              facilities, mean that it can offer something for        subjects is such that they form a good basis      even greater emphasis on the study of pure
department is very supportive and has                                                                                                                                                                                                                             in the most recent Subject Review of all its
                                                                                                    everyone.                                               for postgraduate study in physics while also      mathematics than the Theoretical Physics
inspiring lecturers in many of the subjects                                                                                                                                                                                                                       degree programmes, performed by the Quality
                                              The Admissions Tutor                                                                                          offering entry into other disciplines.            degree programme. It emphasises the
you are likely to study. Studying physics                                                           If you would like to find out more about the                                                                                                                  Assurance Agency.
                                              Department of Physics                                                                                                                                           mathematical structure of physical theory.
with philosophy is not easy but is very       University of York                                    University, opportunities to visit or admissions        This degree programme can be taken as a 3-year
                                                                                                                                                            BSc or a 4-year MPhys. In addition, either        The final year research project may be in
rewarding; you develop a range of skills      York                                                  please contact the Admissions and Schools Liaison:
                                                                                                                                                            option can be combined with a Year in Europe.     either physics or mathematics.
that few other students can match. I          YO10 5DD
found this stimulating while studying,                                                              Tel.              01904 433196                                                                            This degree programme can be taken as a
                                              Tel.    01904 432241                                                                                          Why Study Physics with Business
and now that I have graduated,                                                                      or                                                                                                        3-year BSc, a 4-year BSc with a year in Europe,
                                              Fax.    01904 432214                                                                                          Management?
very useful.                                                                                        email:                                                             or as a 4-year MPhys (or MMath). Our typical
                                              email: physics-undergraduate-
                                                                     University website:                      This degree programme provides a good             BSc offer is a grade A in Mathematics, B in
This table shows the current structure of the Joint-subject Degree programmes

 Year      Core Physics                                 Physics with Business Management               Physics with Philosophy                            Mathematics and Physics
 First     Physics of Matter                            core physics plus                              core physics plus                                  core physics plus
           Mechanics                                    Mathematics                                    Mathematics                                        Optics
           Electromagnetism                             Special Relativity                             Special Relativity                                 Programming: Fortran 90
           Vibrations and Waves                         Optics                                         Experimental Lab.                                  Experimental Lab
           Quantum Physics                              Experimental Lab.                              Programming: Fortran 90
                                                        either               Experimental Lab.
           Skills                                       or                   Programming: Fortran 90
                                                        choose one of        Stars and Planets
                                                                             Physics of Music
                                                        plus 10 credits Business Management modules                  plus 40 credits Philosophy modules   plus 60 credits Mathematics modules
 Second    Mechanics                                    Physics with Business Management               core physics plus                                  core physics plus
           Solid State Physics                          core physics plus                              Mathematics                                        Physics in Action                                                                     Non-Physics Components                             mathematics teaching in the physics part of
           Quantum Mechanics
                                                        Physics in Action
                                                                                                       Particle Physics
                                                                                                       Special Relativity                                                                                  In Profile...                        Physics with Philosophy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the programme. Physics will make up 1/2 of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the taught modules, but the flexibility in the
           Electromagnetism                             Special Relativity
           Numerical Methods                            Particle Physics                                                                                                                                                                        In addition to the physics modules listed          choice of final year research project (which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   may be in either department) means that the
           Atomic Physics                               Experimental Lab.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tom                                           on the previous page, with this degree
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   exact ratio of mathematics : physics is not
                                                                                                                     plus 40 credits Philosophy modules   plus 50 credits Mathematics modules                                                   programme you will also take modules
           Skills                                       plus 10 credits Business Management modules
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Deakin                                        provided by the Department of Philosophy.          prescribed. Consequently the 3-year degree
 Third     Quantum Mechanics                            core physics plus                              core physics plus                                  BSc or MMath choose one,
           Thermodynamics                               Atomic Physics                                 Statistical Mechanics                              MPhys choose two from                                                                 There is a wide range and choice of philosophy     will be BSc or BA, and the 4-year degree may
           Electromagnetism                             Statistical Mechanics                                                                             Atomic Physics                                                                        modules available, and these will make up          be either MPhys or MMath.
           Solid State Physics                          Magnetism and Superconductivity                BSc only                                           Statistical Mechanics                   (4th year                                     1/3 of the overall degree programme.
           Physical Optics                              Physical Optics                                BSc Project plus choices from                      Nuclear Physics                                                                                                                          Year in Europe
                                                        Nuclear Physics                                Atomic Physics                                                                             Physics with
           Skills                                                                                      Nuclear Physics                                    BSc only                                                                              In the third year, BSc students undertake a        If the Year in Europe is chosen, then the
                                                        BSc only                                       Plasma Physics                                     Project (in Maths or Physics)           Philosophy                                    project in Physics; it may be possible to choose   language modules required are in addition to
                                                        BSc Project                                    Magnetism and Superconductivity
                                                                                                       Physical Optics                                    MPhys only
                                                                                                                                                                                                  graduate)                                     a project on the “philosophy of physics”. In       the specialist modules, and therefore are taken
                                                        MPhys only                                     Introduction to Quantum Computing                  Frontiers of Research                                                                 the fourth year, students undertake a physics      in your spare time.
                                                        Advanced Experimental Laboratory                                                                                                                                                        research project.
                                                        Frontiers of Research                          MPhys only
                                                                                                       Frontiers of Research and Advanced
                                                                                                       Computational Lab plus choices from
                                                                                                                                                                                                   “       The first thing to strike me about
                                                                                                                                                                                                           York was its uniqueness: a unique
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Physics with Business Management
                                                                                                       Atomic Physics                                                                             city, a unique university and a unique        In addition to the physics modules listed
                                                                                                       Nuclear Physics                                                                            physics department; within minutes of my      on the previous page, with this degree
                                                                                                       Plasma Physics
                                                                                                       Magnetism and Superconductivity                                                            first visit, I knew that this was the place   programme you will also take modules
                                                                                                       Physical Optics                                                                            I wanted to spend four years of my life –     provided by the Department of Electronics.
                                                                                                       Introduction to Quantum Computing                                                                                                        These start with material on team building
                                                        plus 20 credits Business Management modules                                                                          plus 50-70 credits   first impressions do count!
                                                                                                                     plus 40 credits Philosophy modules                   Mathematics modules                                                   and project planning, and move through
                                                                                                                                                                                                  The physics with philosophy course            product design and basic economics, to
 Fourth    selection from                               4 optional modules from                        3 optional modules from                            MPhys only – MPhys Project, Skills,
 (MPhys    Nuclear Astrophysics                         fourth year of Physics degree                  fourth year of Physics degree                      3 optional modules from fourth year     gives the opportunity to take the             information and people management,
 or        Quantum Mechanics                            plus 30 credits Business                       plus 40 credits Philosophy                         of Physics degree plus 40 credits of    study of physics to a deeper level, by        marketing and accounting. Approximately
 MMath     Nuclear Physics                              Management modules                             modules                                            Mathematics modules
 only)     Physical Optics                                                                                                                                                                        encouraging the asking of fundamental         1/6 of the overall degree programme will
           High Performance Computing                                                                                                                     MMath only – no Physics Project         questions, scrutinising what we often         be devoted to such topics.
           Electromagnetic Theory                                                                                                                         or skills – 4 optional modules from     take to be true, and seeing where the
           Astrophysical Plasmas                                                                                                                          fourth year of Physics degree plus                                                    The final year MPhys research project may
           Solid State Physics                                                                                                                            80 credits                              two disciplines become intertwined. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                be in either physics or business management.
           Magnetism and Magnetic Materials                                                                                                               of Mathematics modules                  modular system in both departments
           Radiation and Matter                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Mathematics and Physics
           Fluid Dynamics                                                                                                                                                                         gives a great deal of freedom,
           Phase Transitions and                                                                                                                                                                  culminating in a degree where you know        In addition to the physics modules listed
           Critical Phenomena                                                                                                                                                                     you’ve had the choice to pursue your own
           Plasma Physics for Fusion                                                                                                                                                                                                            on the previous page, with this degree

           Satellite Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere                                                                                                                                             interests.                                    programme you will also take modules
           Electron Microscopy                                                                                                                                                                                                                  provided by the Department of Mathematics.
           Molecular Biophysics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                For this reason, there is much less

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