The primary purpose of the BSc Honours qualification is to consolidate and deepen the students’ knowledge and expertise in Physics and to develop research capacity in the methodology and techniques of it. BSc Honours is essentially a coursework degree of which at least 25% (30) of the credits are devoted to a research project and reporting under supervision.
The degree demands a high level of theoretical engagement and intellectual independence and serves as the initial science postgraduate specialization qualification providing students with in-depth scientific knowledge and skills preparing them for research-based postgraduate science study.
Admission to the Honours programme is subject to the permission of the Head of the Department.
A minimum summative mark of 60% in Physics on NQF level 6 (third year) plus 50% in Mathematics on NQF level 5 (second year) is the standard entrance requirement.
Completion of the Physics Honours programme requires passing the project (PHY0000) and 9 additional modules, including those compulsory for the chosen specialization. Not all modules may be offered in any particular year. In the case of modules that are spread across two semesters, the first-semester module serves as a prerequisite for the second-semester module.
As part of the electives, a student may choose a maximum of two modules from Faculty of Science Departments other than Physics, with permission from the Head of the Physics Department.
The final mark for each of the theory modules in the Physics Honours programme is calculated as follows: The examination mark contributes 70% and the semester mark 30% towards the final mark.
Further Examination entrance requirements
- If a student is found to have attended less than 70% of lectures during a semester in a particular course, such a student may be refused entrance to the exam for that course.
- A student needs a semester mark of 40% in a module to gain entrance to the final assessment opportunity for that module. The semester and final assessment mark weight is 30:70 as described above. A student needs a final mark of 50% to pass a module. The semester mark also contributes to the result of a supplementary assessment. The final result of a supplementary assessment is capped at 50%.
A student chooses one of five possible streams:
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Nuclear Physics
- High-Energy Physics
- Theoretical Physics
Some of these streams and specific electives may not be available during any particular year.
Registration and Start Dates
Registration starts in January and lectures in February for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work programmes.
All research programmes for Masters and PhD can register throughout the year.
End Date: Academic starts in January and ends in December. Programme deadline is determined by the duration of the programme.