Physics MPhys/BSc (Hons) 2019/20 entry

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Course code:

F300 (BSc)
F301 (MPhys)

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:

£9,250 (BSc)
TBC (MPhys)

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Overview

The course aims to provide a solid grounding in understanding fundamental concepts in physics.

You will be taught to translate this understanding into mathematical and computational models, which then allow physical and real world problems to be solved using a variety of tools. Over the course of your studies, you will have the chance to learn a variety of analytical and numerical tools used by physicists to tackle various problems. Learning the scientific process which lies under every area of study can allow you to become a well-trained graduate with strong problem solving skills.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our students say...

The lecturers are excellent at conveying information and engaging well with students; by offering lots of support both within and outside lectures and tutorials. The modules are well structured and are filled with interesting and exciting content.

Josh Ashmore BSc (Hons), Mathematics and Physics

Course information

The physics degree explores phenomena at all length scales, from the sub-atomic level (quantum mechanics) to the macroscopic scale (cosmology), and everything in between. It aims to train you to identify key aspects of physical phenomenon, as well as in the essential approximations required to carry out practical calculations.

An essential part of the course relies on understanding numerical and experimental processes and the uncertainties inherent to measurements. As such, there will be ample opportunity for you to engage with real-world data analysis and experimental techniques using activity-led learning, lab-before-lecture and flipped learning techniques, which have formed a long-standing part of Coventry University’s teaching and learning strategy.

The course will provide opportunities for you to engage in research through your final year project and summer research internships as well as benefitting from an optional industrial placement or study abroad year (subject to availability and application).

The three-year programme may be extended with an optional fourth year of study (subject to suitable performance in Year 3) in order to complete the integrated masters MPhys, which gives more specialised grounding in physics, which is particularly important for those considering a PhD in Physics.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Mathematics for Physics and Engineering

    This module is for Physics and Engineering students studying accredited courses. As a consequence, it is anticipated that students studying this module will already have a reasonable level of competence in some of the mathematical methods covered in other physics and engineering mathematical sciences modules.

    This module aims to further develop the students' competence in mathematical methods relevant to Physics and Engineering whilst at the same time emphasising fundamental concepts needed to understand in order to produce a mathematical formulation of a problem. Students will learn to analyse problems using appropriate mathematical techniques carrying out the manipulation themselves and also using modern mathematical software.

  • Programming for Physicists

    This module is focused on developing logic and programming skills which are useful in physics and science in general. Computer labs, aims to introduce the students to computer programming, basic algorithms and data structure. This module introduces tools for physicist, allowing the students to explore physical concepts with numerical tools. In addition, in this module real data will be discussed and analyse to help contextualise data mining and its applications.

    The module will allow students to develop skills and tools needed to tackle complicated problems which require numerical treatment. Amongst the topics considered in the module, a particular emphasis is given to solving ODEs.

  • Electrical Science

    The module aims to provide a broad basic introduction to electrical science for non-specialists. It places an emphasis on d.c. circuit theory, electrical supply and rotating machinery.

  • Waves, Optics and Probabilities

    This module provides a foundational study of waves, optics and probability. This module develops the necessary theory, methods and concepts of probability distributions and different types of waves. Students will develop an understanding of real world applications of physical and geometrical optics and propagation of sound waves.

    At the end of the module, students should fully understand these fundamentals and how they are applied to an understanding of interference and diffraction, dispersion and wave propagation phenomena.

  • Mechanics

    The goal of this module is to develop an understanding of core concepts of Classical Mechanics and basics concepts of Special Theory of Relativity. This module aims to develop the ability to apply mathematical models to describe and predict the motion of bodies as well as to introduce students to experimental verification of the theoretical framework of Newtonian mechanics.

  • Physics of the very small and very large

    This module presents new theories describing physical processes beyond the normal sizes experienced in everyday life. It is divided in two main parts: Quantum Mechanics and Astrophysics. It provides an introduction to modern physics via the presentation of key historical problems which lead to the development of Quantum Mechanics. This module will show how Quantum Mechanics differs from classical mechanics. It is an introduction aimed to prepare students for the more advance modules.

    This module gives a general overview of astronomy and astrophysics suitable for those with no previous experience of the subject. This module covers the elements of the Solar System, including their structure and composition, and what they tell us about the formation and history of the Solar System. The module will cover how we deduce useful physical parameters from observed quantities; the structure and evolution of stars; the structure of the Milky Way, and the classification, structure and evolution of galaxies in general. If time permit, the module will present an introduction to cosmology; extra-solar planets and and astrobiology. Some topics will be treated in a descriptive matter other will be more advanced requiring a good grasp on mathematics.

  • Personal Tutorial - Academic Skills 1

    This module is focused on personal tutorial and the development of problem solving skills using Activity Led Learning. (ALL).It helps students to build necessary skills and to develop logical and mathematical thinking. The module also encourages students to think about possible career routes.

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Mathematics for Physics and Engineering 2

  • Quantum Physics

  • Labs

  • Personal Tutorial - Professional Skills

  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics

  • Electromagnetism

  • Analytical Mechanics

  • Mathematical skills for Physics

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Following your second year, you will have an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution (subject to availability and application).

Overview

In the final year of the course, you will have the chance to delve into modern physics with modules such as “Atomic and Molecular Physics”, “Solid State Physics”, “Cosmology” and “Fluid Mechanics”.


In addition, the third year includes a module on semiconductor devices aiming to develop knowledge and understanding of power semiconductor devices and converters in the context of automotive applications. The module will also cover reliability issues of power devices, modules and converters.

With “Intermediate Programming” students have the opportunity to further develop programming skills which are particularly helpful to complete the “Project” module. In the latter module, students become responsible for managing a independent project through all its stages (from literature review, to research stage, report completion and presentation). The project aims to build upon the knowledge and skills developed in previous years.

Modules

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics

  • Solid State Physics

  • Intermediate Programming

  • Fluid Mechanics

  • Cosmology

  • Power Semiconductor Devices and Converters

  • Project

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In the final year of the course, you will have the chance to delve into modern physics with modules such as “Atomic and Molecular Physics”, “Solid State Physics”, “Cosmology” and “Fluid Mechanics”.


In addition, the third year includes a module on semiconductor devices aiming to develop knowledge and understanding of power semiconductor devices and converters in the context of automotive applications. The module will also cover reliability issues of power devices, modules and converters.

With “Intermediate Programming” students have the opportunity to further develop programming skills which are particularly helpful to complete the “Project” module. In the latter module, students become responsible for managing a independent project through all its stages (from literature review, to research stage, report completion and presentation). The project aims to build upon the knowledge and skills developed in previous years.

Modules

  • Advanced Fluid Mechanics

    “Advanced Fluid Mechanics” presents approaches to the study of stability and turbulence in fluid dynamics. The module will combine theoretical and practical aspects to give a treatment of these concepts and prepare the student for either research in this area or working in areas of engineering in which they are relevant.

  • Critical Phenomena and Phase Transition

    “Critical Phenomena and Phase Transition” aims to introduce the students to the theory of critical phenomena and the description of Phase transitions. The goal of this course is to establish the framework in which to describe critical properties associated with classical and quantum phase transitions. We will emphasise the importance and role played by symmetry and topology.

  • Computational Physics

    "Computational Physics” aims to introduce the students to more advanced computational methods in physics, with application drawn mostly from condensed matter physics. This module will allow students to develop skills and tools needed to tackle advanced problems in physics and applied mathematics requiring numerical treatment. The skills developed in this module may also contribute substantially to improve graduate employability through the acquisition of problem-solving skills and experience in data driven applications.

  • Soft Condensed Matter Physics

    “Soft Condensed Matter Physics” studies complex fluids in which intermediate level structures with length scale between small molecules and the macroscopic world exist: colloidal particles, polymers, and aggregates spontaneously formed by soap-like (surfactant) molecules.

  • MPhys Project

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

The course is built around the following main themes:

  • Statistical Mechanics: including Critical Phenomena and Phase Transition, Soft Condensed Matter
  • Fluid Dynamics: including Advanced Fluid Mechanics,
  • Scientific Programming: including Programming for Physics, Intermediate Programming and Computational Physics.

The research and teaching teams have strong expertise in all keys area listed above. Through the study of those modules students will have the chance to develop important transferable skills including both group and individual work, time management, critical reflection on their own and others work as well as written and verbal presentation to both experts and non-experts.

You will learn through a suitable combination of lectures, examples classes, tutorial sessions and laboratory sessions. As well as learning the theoretical foundations for studying physics, there is an emphasis on developing practical skills, which includes the use of physics laboratory sessions and PC sessions using software to solve problems in physics.

You will have opportunities to work with staff on real-world problems typically faced by industry, commerce and research groups. This provides opportunities to develop professional skills at the same time as you learn the technical content of your degree.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include in-class tests, exams, coursework, labs, presentations and reports.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Apply physical principles to diverse areas of Physics
  • Solve problems in Physics by choosing appropriate mathematical and physical techniques
  • Make appropriate approximations when solving problems
  • Critically analyse experimental results and place them in their context
  • Use mathematical or computational techniques to model physical phenomena
  • Communicate scientific information in a clear and accurate way
  • Work cooperatively on a project
  • Create working solutions to a variety of computational and real world problems using an appropriate programming language (or languages) for the task.


Additionally, on successful completion of the MPhys course, you should be able to:

  • Apply physical and mathematical principles to solve research informed problems in Physics at the forefront of discipline
  • Demonstrate an understanding and communicate complex scientific ideas concisely and accurately
  • Demonstrate an understanding of scientific research and be able to propose realistic methods to advance the research further
  • Apply a range of postgraduate level transferable skills in data analysis, science communication, critical thinking and problem solving
  • Plan and execute an open-ended research project.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 15-19 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of personal academic tutorial each week; 1 hour of individual project supervision (in year 3) per week.
  • Medium group teaching: 6-12 hours of tutorials, laboratories and studio sessions each week.
  • Large group teaching: 6-12 hours of lectures each week.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

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Fee


September 2019

£9,250 (BSc)
TBC (MPhys) (per year)


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Fee


September 2019

£9,250 (BSc)
TBC (MPhys) (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

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Fee


September 2019

£13,800 (BSc)
TBC (MPhys) (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

Studying physics helps you develop skills in logical thinking and demonstrates to employers your advanced numerical and analytical ability.

It could give you an advantage in the job market upon successful completion, opening up a wide range of career opportunities in industry, banking, data science, computer analysis and scientific research. You could be employed in a wide variety of roles, for example, as a research scientist, actuary, computer programmer, data analyst or teacher.

To improve your employment prospects and gain valuable professional experience, we strongly encourage you to spend a year on industrial training between Year 2 and Year 3. Our award-winning Faculty careers service, EEC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016, will provide assistance to help you find an appropriate placement. 

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Previous students on our Mathematics and Physics degrees have worked at a wide range of employers including for example IBM, GSK, Pfizer, Cummins, Scottish Power and Warner Bros.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

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