BSc Hons in Physics
University of Johannesburg
Johannesburg, South Africa
1 - 2 year
Full time, Part time
ZAR 43,121 / per year *
Earliest start date
* fees for the complete programme amount to between R43121,00 and R51230,00. Fees may vary depending on the composition of a particular qualification
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.
Reasons for studying at UJ
- UJ offers not only a special program called the First Year Experience to help orientate students throughout the first year but we also offer a Senior Student Experience that gears students toward the workplace!
- Grab the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports and train alongside Olympians and Paralympians on state-of-the-art pitches, tracks, and fields, or just keep fit by joining one of the gyms on each of our 4 campuses.
- Be part of a young, vibrant, and agile university that reflects and adapts easily to our country’s aspirations, while maintaining global relevance through numerous international partnerships.
- 178 Internationally respected and accepted qualifications.
- Join a university that cares enough to have raised over R300 million since the start of 2016 in order to support the Missing Middle Campaign. UJ also ensures that more than 6 000 needy students have two healthy meals per day.
- Study in the vibrant City of Gold – the economic hub of South Africa. Join a vibrant, cosmopolitan, progressive group of students and academics on their way to re-imagining the future!
- UJ offers an amazing on-campus experience whether you live in one of UJ’s residences, belong to a day house, or whether you just want to socialize at the Student Centres on all campuses.
- We ensure the health, safety, and security of all our students through our own on-campus health services and UJ Protection Services.
- Did you know that during the first five years of UJ’s existence it doubled its targeted research output and to this day, continues to break records!
Completion of the Physics Honours program (H2013Q) requires passing the project (PHY8X00), 5 compulsory modules (as listed below), and 4 elective modules selected from the list below.
- Physics Project
- Advanced Classical Mechanics
- Advanced Quantum Mechanics A
- Advanced Quantum Mechanics B
- Advanced Statistical Physics A
- Advanced Electromagnetism
Elective modules (select 4 from the list below):
Not all modules may be offered in any particular year.
- Nuclear Physics 2
- Particle Physics 1
- Quantum Field Theory
- General Relativity
- Particle Physics 2
- Computational Physics
- Astrophysics 1
- Astrophysics 2
- Advanced Solid State Physics A
- Advanced Solid State Physics B
- Nuclear Physics 1
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 program is calculated as follows: The semester mark contributes 40% and the examination mark 60% towards the final mark.
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- Identify, interpret, analyze and address complex problems, using both routine and advanced skills, conceptual and/or evidence-based inquiry, and theory-driven arguments.
- Work effectively with others in a team by being answerable for their own work and the work of others.
- Identify, evaluate and address their own professional and ongoing learning needs.
- Demonstrate efficient and effective information retrieval and processing skills, using appropriate ICT.
- Demonstrate a comprehensive, systematic, and critical knowledge and understanding of the principles, scope, theories, and epistemologies of their respective science disciplines/field.
- Evaluate their own and others’ academic work and initiatives against informed criteria.
- Present and communicate ideas and texts, offering professional insights, interpretations, and solutions to problems and issues appropriate to the science context.
- Use science and technology in complex and challenging contexts and make autonomous ethical decisions on complex professional issues in accordance with recognized professional and/or ethical standards.
- Critique current research and advanced scholarship in the science area of specialization and make sound theoretical judgments based on evidence.
- Identify, select and apply a range of research methodologies and methods/techniques to research problem/s in their science area of specialization.
- Identify, analyze, synthesize and undertake an independent evaluation of quantitative and/or qualitative data, and engage with and evaluate current research and scholarly or professional literature in their respective discipline/field.