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                                                PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION

Programme title:                                        BSc Physics with Medical Physics

Final award (BSc, MA etc):                              BSc
(where stopping off points exist they should be
detailed here and defined later in the document)
UCAS code:                                              F351
(where applicable)
Cohort(s) to which this programme                       September 2008 onwards
specification is applicable:
(e.g. from 2008 intake onwards)
Awarding institution/body:                              University College London

Teaching institution:                                   University College London

Faculty:                                                Engineering Sciences

Parent Department:                                      Medical Physics & Bioengineering
(the department responsible for the administration of
the programme)
Departmental web page address:                
(if applicable)

Method of study:                                        Full time

Criteria for admission to the                           A-levels: AAB-BBB to include Physics and Mathematics.
programme:                                              IB diploma: 32-36 points to include Physics and Mathematics at
                                                        higher level.
Length of the programme:                                3 academic years
(please note any periods spent away from UCL, such
as study abroad or placements in industry)
Level on Framework for Higher                           H
Education Qualifications (FHEQ)
(see Guidance notes)
Relevant subject benchmark statement                    QAA subject benchmark statement for Physics; March 2008
(see Guidance notes)
Brief outline of the structure of the                   See
programme     and    its  assessment
(see guidance notes)
Board of Examiners:                           i) Name of Board of Examiners: Board of Examiners in the
                                              Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering

Professional body accreditation               Institute of Physics                          Date of next scheduled
(if applicable):                                                                            accreditation visit: Sept 2009


To encourage students to develop critical modes of thought and study, to acquire an in-depth knowledge of the
subject and to develop a range of technical and inter-personal skills. They should be prepared for a wide variety of
careers, both within professions connected directly with physics or in a wide range of other activities.


The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding,
qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:

                                        A: Knowledge and understanding

Knowledge and understanding of:                            Teaching/learning methods and strategies:

 1. Theoretical structure of the core                      1 and 2. Lectures with associated problem sheets and
    topics in Physics and Medical                          tutorials. Access to recommended textbooks and web-
    Physics, with a selection of                           material. Hospital visits.
    advanced research topics related to
    both medicine and surgery                              3. Lectures and workstation-based courses in first year
 2. The mathematical basis of Physics.                     and (optionally) third year.
 3. The structure of compiled computer

                                                           1 and 2. Unseen examinations. Continuous
                                                           assessment marks from problem sheets.
                                                           3. Online testing of computing knowledge.

                                           B: Skills and other attributes

Intellectual (thinking) skills:                            Teaching/learning methods and strategies:

1. Application of their knowledge to                       1 and 2. Fortnightly problem-sheets on all courses,
   unseen problems.                                        supported by tutorial discussion. Special problem-
2. Ability to combine mathematics and                      solving classes with staff+postgraduate supervision in
   verbal explanation in a coherent                        First year.
   rigorous argument.

                                                           1 and 2. Unseen written examination. Problem sheets
                                                           used in coursework mark.
                                              C: Skills and other attributes

Practical skills (able to):                                   Teaching/learning methods and strategies:

1. Carry out laboratory experiments to                        1. Set experiments, starting simply in first year; more
   demonstrate physical principles and                           open ended in later years. Close advice and
   measure constants of Nature.                                  supervision.
2. Use spreadsheet package to present
   and calculate physics results.                             2, 5. and 6. Workstation-based hands-on courses;
3. Present results with appropriately                              first year, Excel, Visual Basic, Word etc;
   calculated errors.                                              second year Mathematica,
4. Report experimental results clearly                             third year object oriented programming option
   and methodically.                                                   (Java).
5. Use computer packages for word-
   processing, webpage management                             3. Supplementary lectures linked to set experiments.
   and manipulation of mathematical
   functions.                                                 4. Preparation of workbooks and detailed reports.
6. Use compiled or interpreted computer
   languages to write original programs.                      7. Second year mini-projects. Whole-unit or 1/2 unit
7. Design an experiment and/or                                final year project.
   computer-based investigation to study
   and solve an open-ended research

                                                              1, 3 and 4. Grading of Lab. reports.

                                                              2, 5 and 6. Online testing and written exercises.

                                                              4. Oral presentation. Observation of group process.
                                                              Written report.

                                                              7. Observation of progress. Written and oral reports.

                                              D: Skills and other attributes

Transferable skills (able to):                                Teaching/learning methods and strategies:

Write clear accounts of scientific subjects                   Communications Skills course, involving essays, reports
at a level appropriate to audiences                           and oral presentations running over the first three years
ranging from complete lay-people to fully
qualified colleagues.
                                                              Essays, reports and presentations marked and included
                                                              separately in the scheme for award of honours

The following reference points were used in designing the programme:

 the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications
 the relevant Subject Benchmark Statements (;
 the programme specifications for UCL degree programmes in relevant subjects (where applicable);
 UCL teaching and learning policies;
 staff research.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the
learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes
full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes,
content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found in the
departmental course handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by
UCL and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.
Programme Organiser(s)                 Director of Studies: Prof Alan Cottenden

Date of Production:                  October 2002

Date of Review:                      13 August 2009

Date approved by Head of             3 October 2008
Department:                          Professor Jem Hebden

Date approved by Chair of            3 October 2008
Departmental Teaching                Dr Alan Cottenden
Date approved by Faculty
Teaching Committee

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