The University of Warwick, Department of Physics

Introduction

We’re a world-leading university with the highest academic and research standards. But we’re not letting the story end there.

That’s because we’re a place of possibility. We’re always looking for new ways to make things happen. Whether you’re a dedicated student, an innovative lecturer or an ambitious company, Warwick provides a tireless yet supportive environment in which you can make an impact.

And our students, alumni and staff are consistently making an impact - the kind that changes lives, whether close to home or on a global scale.

It’s the achievements of our people that help explain why our levels of research excellence and scholarship are recognised internationally.

It’s a prime attraction for some of the biggest names in worldwide business and industry.

It’s why we’re ranked highly in the lists of great UK and world universities.

All of this contributes to a compelling story, one that’s little more than 50 years old. But who said youth should hold you back from changing the world?

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BSc in Mathematics and Physics

Campus Full time 3 years August 2017 United Kingdom Coventry

Mathematics and physics are complementary subjects and make a sensible combination to study at university. There are many examples of unexpected discoveries resulting from interaction between the two disciplines. Ideas developed in particle physics have led to advances in topology - one of the purest branches of mathematics. Advances in the understanding of chaos provide another example. Ideas from the theory are being applied increasingly in the modelling of complex physical systems such as the atmosphere and lasers. [+]

Mathematics and physics are complementary subjects and make a sensible combination to study at university. There are many examples of unexpected discoveries resulting from interaction between the two disciplines. Ideas developed in particle physics have led to advances in topology - one of the purest branches of mathematics. Advances in the understanding of chaos provide another example. Ideas from the theory are being applied increasingly in the modelling of complex physical systems such as the atmosphere and lasers. The Warwick joint courses (BSc and MMathPhys) are now among the best-established in the country with around 50 students starting each year. The courses include a significant proportion of modules from both contributing departments designed primarily for joint degree students. It is possible at the end of the First Year to transfer to either of the single subject degrees. Years one and two are common to the two courses. Warwick is strong in research in a number of branches of mathematics and physics, and is well-placed to offer accounts of those developments likely to be of most interest to joint degree students. These include non-linear systems (there are modules on the weather, modelling of biological systems, and complexity theory) and theoretical physics. YEAR ONE (BSc and MMathPhys) In the first year, all students take the modules in the Core list. To give you an idea about the way the degree course is structured in the first year, the number in brackets after each module title indicates the number of lectures you will attend e.g. (15L) indicates a 15-lecture module. Mathematics (core): Sets and Numbers (30L), Mathematical Analysis (60L), Linear Algebra (30L), Differential Equations (30L) Physics (core): Electricity and Magnetism (30L), Physics Foundations (30L), Quantum Phenomena (15L), Classical Mechanics and Relativity (30L), Thermal Physics I (15L), Programming Workshop (15L) Options Students may take any of the following for additional credit: Introduction to Geometry (15L), Introduction to Abstract Algebra (15L), Introduction to Astronomy (15L), Programming for Scientists (30L), Particle Physics (15L), Probability (15 or 30L). YEAR TWO (BSc and MMathPhys) Students take the core modules and at least eight modules from the lists of options. Mathematics (core): Mathematical Analysis III (30L), Vector Analysis (30L), Partial Differential Equations (30L), Variational Principles (15L) Physics (core): Electromagnetic Theory and Optics (20L), Methods of Mathematical Physics (20L), Quantum Mechanics and its Applications (40L) Thermal Physics II (20L) Physics of Fluids (20L) Mathematics Options: Algebra I, Algebra II, Metric Spaces, Geometry, Differentiation, Introduction to Systems Biology, Theory of Ordinary Differential Equations Physics Options: Stars, Geophysics, Hamiltonian Mechanics, Computational Physics, Global Warming, The Physics of Electrical Power Generation, Experimental Particle Physics Options from other Departments: Modern Foreign Languages, Business School Modules, Introduction to Secondary School Teaching YEAR THREE (BSc) In addition to a module on Communicating Science, students select about 12 modules (the exact number depends on the length of the modules) from: Mathematics Options: Complex Analysis, Group Theory, Algebra II, Differentiation, Metric Spaces, Measure Theory, Functional Analysis I, Fluid Dynamics, Geometry of Curves and Surfaces, Control Theory, Topics in Mathematical Biology, Theory of Partial Differential Equations, Continuum Mechanics Physics Options: The Standard Model, Quantum Physics of Atoms, Condensed Matter Physics, Electrodynamics, Plasma Electrodynamics, Astrophysics, Cosmology, Galaxies, Weather and the Environment, Statistical Physics, Non-linearity and Chaos, Physics in Medicine, Magnetic Resonance Options from other Departments: Business Studies; Scientific Method; Modern Foreign Languages The list of options given above may change slightly from year to year and some options may not be available in every year. [-]

BSC in Physics

Campus Full time 3 years August 2017 United Kingdom Coventry

Physics aims to observe and explain the behaviour of the physical universe. In particular, physics looks for basic laws, which account for and predict what can be observed. Part of the appeal of the subject is that the physical world is governed by remarkably few such laws and that these apply everywhere and to everything. [+]

Physics aims to observe and explain the behaviour of the physical universe. In particular, physics looks for basic laws, which account for and predict what can be observed. Part of the appeal of the subject is that the physical world is governed by remarkably few such laws and that these apply everywhere and to everything. The structure of the courses reflects the structure of the subject. All students take the core modules and choose further modules from the lists of options. The core modules introduce the fundamental principles, while the optional modules explore their applications in the different areas of physics including: astrophysics, the properties of matter, particle physics and atmospheric physics. The option scheme also allows a proportion of modules to be taken from outside of physics. We encourage students not only to consider modules related to physics, for example in computing, but also modules in philosophy and modern languages. Please download the course booklet for more information. Below is a list of the individual modules in each year and more detail on their content can be found by following the links above. YEAR ONE In the first year, all students take the modules in the Core list. To give you an idea about the way the degree course is structured in the first year, the number in brackets after each module title indicates the number of lectures you will attend e.g. (15L) indicates a 15-lecture module. Core: Physics Foundations (30L), Electricity and Magnetism (30L), Quantum Phenomena (15L), Classical Mechanics and Relativity (30L), Mathematics for Physicists (60L), Physics Programming Workshop, Physics Laboratory, Key Skills for Physics. Students choose at least one further module from: Options: Introduction to Particle Physics (15L); Introduction to Astronomy (15L). YEAR TWO In the second year, everyone takes the following Core modules: Core: Electromagnetic Theory and Optics; Quantum Mechanics and its Applications; Thermal Physics II; Mathematical Methods for Physicists; Physics Skills (including Physics Laboratory) Students choose further modules from the Physics and Outside options lists: Physics Options: Stars; Geophysics; Physics of Fluids; Hamiltonian Mechanics; Computational Physics; Experimental Particle Physics; Climate Change; Physics of Electrical Power Generation. Outside Options: a Modern Foreign Language; Introduction to Business Studies, Introduction to Secondary School Teaching. Modules given by Arts or Social Sciences departments may also be taken as options by mutual agreement. YEAR THREE BSc Year Three differs for students opting for the BSc (three year) or MPhys (four year). The third year of the BSc course is structured as follows: Core: Research project worth up to 25% of the year's credit, Communicating Science, Quantum Physics of Atoms. Options: Students choose around 10 modules from the following list. The modules are grouped according to subject area. Although there is no formal requirement to select a number of modules from any one group, students often tend to concentrate on two or three areas of particular interest to them. The subject areas (in bold) and available modules (non-bold) are: Astrophysics: Astrophysics, Cosmology, Galaxies Classical Physics: Electrodynamics, Plasma Electrodynamics, Non-linearity and Chaos, Statistical Physics, Fluid Dynamics Quantum Phenomena The Standard Model, Nuclear Physics, Condensed Matter Physics Interdisciplinary: Weather and the Environment, Scientific Programming, Physics in Medicine, Optoelectronics and Laser Physics, Magnetic Resonance Outside Options : Business Studies Modules, a modern foreign language. [-]

BSc in Physics and Business Studies

Campus Full time 3 years August 2017 United Kingdom Coventry

A degree in Physics and Business Studies will provide you with a broad education in Physics and develop your skills in analytical thinking, data analysis, logical thinking and practical computing – all necessary for those considering a career in business. [+]

A degree in Physics and Business Studies will provide you with a broad education in Physics and develop your skills in analytical thinking, data analysis, logical thinking and practical computing – all necessary for those considering a career in business. The Physics component of your course teaches the practical and analytical skills of a physicist, which are applicable in business as well as in science. You will also learn to appreciate the beauty and universality of the principles of Physics. When you transfer to Warwick Business School (WBS) for your final year you will study areas of business and management. Your final year in WBS is designed to develop a critical understanding of how organisations work, how they are managed, and how they interact with local, national and international environments. There is flexibility to switch into or out of this stream at any time in your first two years. Year One As for Physics degree Year Two As for Physics degree, except that students must take a Business Studies module. Year Three Students take four modules from the Warwick Business School. These are normally selected from: Business: Foundations of Organisational Behaviour; Financial Reporting; Principles of Finance; Nature and Method of Operational Research; Corporate Strategy; Simulation; Forecasting; Production and Operations Management; Information Systems Analysis and Design; Operational Research in Strategic Planning; Marketing Analysis; Foundations of Accounting and Finance; Management Accounting; Industrial Relations; Personnel Management; Organisational Behaviour; Service Operations Management; Entrepreneurship and Small Business; Strategic Information Management. [-]

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