Physics MPhys/BSc (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

F300 (BSc)
F301 (MPhys)

Study options:

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

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

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Overview

This course aims to provide you with a solid grounding in understanding fundamental concepts in physics.

You will have the opportunity to translate this understanding into mathematical and computational models, allowing you to solve various physical and real world problems upon successful completion of the course. 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 problems in the field of statistical mechanics, cosmology or quantum mechanics.

Exploring the scientific process which lies under every area of study provides you with the opportunity 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

Course information

This 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 (please note, these may be subject to availability, competitive application, additional costs and meeting applicable visa requirements.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Mathematics for Physics and Engineering

    This module aims to further develop your competence in mathematical methods relevant to Physics and Engineering, at the same time emphasising the fundamental concepts needed to understand and produce a mathematical formulation of a problem. You will have the opportunity to learn to analyse problems using appropriate mathematical techniques, carrying out the manipulation yourself 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 aim to introduce you to computer programming, basic algorithms and data structure. This module introduces tools for the physicist, allowing you to explore physical concepts with numerical tools. In addition, in this module real data will be discussed and analysed to help contextualise data mining and its applications.

    This module will provide you with an opportunity to develop the skills 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

    This module aims to provide you with 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 aims to provide a foundational study of waves, optics and probability. The module develops the necessary theory, methods and concepts of probability distributions and different types of waves. You should develop an understanding of real world applications of physical and geometrical optics and propagation of sound waves.

    On successful completion of the module, you 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 basic concepts of Special Theory of Relativity. This module aims to develop your ability to apply mathematical models in order to describe and predict the motion of bodies, as well as introduce you 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 you 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 permits, the module will present an introduction to cosmology; extra-solar planets and astrobiology. Some topics will be treated in a descriptive matter, others will be more advanced requiring a good grasp of mathematics.

  • Personal Tutorial - Academic Skills 1

    This module is focused on personal tutorial and the development of problem solving skills using an Activity Led Learning (ALL) approach. It should help you to build necessary skills and to develop logical and mathematical thinking. The module also encourages you 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

Year two builds on the acquisition of knowledge from the previous year. Analytical Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Quantum Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics are four modules in which you will have the opportunity to learn to better describe various natural phenomena and quantities such as Gravitational, Electric and Magnetic forces, particle and atomic interactions, Hamiltonian and Lagrangian, Temperature, Pressure, Energy and Entropy.

In addition, year two includes Laboratory sessions to support you in further developing experimental skills, working on understanding physical phenomena while testing the validity of their assumptions and estimating errors due to measurements.

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. This opportunity is subject to availability, competitive application and meeting visa requirements. Further costs incurred as a result of the professional work placement or study abroad shall be borne by the student.

Modules

  • Professional work placement

  • Study abroad

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 aimed at developing 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, you will have the opportunity to further develop programming skills which are particularly helpful to complete the ‘Project’ module. In the latter module, you will become responsible for managing an 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

The MPhys route is designed for high achieving BSc (Hons) students looking to progress to MPhys, subject to a satisfactory level 5 grade point average, above 60% with no individual module mark below 50%. BSc (Hons) students must apply to transfer to the MPhys at the end of year two if they entered on the BSc (Hons).

Students who enter on the MPhys but who do not successfully pass this course may be awarded the BSc (Hons) degree subject to successfully meeting the criteria required to be awarded a BSc (Hons).

The MPhys provides an opportunity to continue your studies and develop a more specialised grounding in physics, which is particularly important for those considering a PhD in Physics. Please note the MPhys route may be subject to VISA requirements (where applicable) and this route will incur additional tuition fees. For more information, please email ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk.

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 you 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 you to the theory of critical phenomena and the description of Phase transitions. The goal of this module 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 you to more advanced computational methods in physics, with application drawn mostly from condensed matter physics. Successful completion of this module will allow you to develop the skills and tools needed to tackle advanced problems in physics and applied mathematics requiring numerical treatment. The skills developed in this module may also support your graduate employability through the acquisition of problem-solving skills and experience in data driven applications.

  • Soft Condensed Matter Physics

    Soft condensed matter physics focuses on materials, such as fluids, liquid crystals, polymers, and emulsions. A defining characteristic of soft matter is the mesoscopic scale of physical structures. The structures are larger than the microscopic scale (the arrangement of atoms and molecules), but smaller than the macroscopic scale of the material.

  • MPhys Project

    You will have the opportunity to dedicate an entire semester to research, while working on a project, under the supervision of one of our researchers.

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...

  • You will be taught by staff who have a passion for science and a strong desire to share their knowledge (please note, staff are subject to change).
  • Research staff - 86% of our research outputs were deemed world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
  • Coventry University currently has extensive industry links with potential future employers and placement opportunities with companies that have previously included National Grid, GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceuticals and Morgan Stanley financial services.

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 current research and teaching teams have strong expertise in all keys areas listed above. Through the study of those modules you will have the opportunity to develop important transferable skills including both group and individual work, time management, critical reflection of your 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 having the opportunity to learn 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 supports you in developing professional skills at the same time as building upon 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 achieving the intended learning outcomes.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will 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, upon successful completion of the MPhys course, you 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.

If you have a desire to gain international experience, there are opportunities to spend a year studying abroad. The opportunity for a placement year means that we will aim to support you in applying for a placement. Please note that placement opportunities may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting applicable visa requirements.

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

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: EECU036 (BSc)
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB to include A Level Physics plus either A Level or AS Level Mathematics, or A Level in an alternative science subject plus A Level Mathematics. Excludes General Studies Assessed on an individual basis 29 points to include 5 points from Physics and Mathematics at Higher Level Minimum 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English and Mathematics, or specified equivalents.



University Course Code: EECU037 (MPhys)
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
ABB to include A Level Physics plus either A Level or AS Level Mathematics, or A Level in an alternative science subject plus A Level Mathematics. Excludes General Studies Assessed on an individual basis 31 points to include 5 points from Physics and Mathematics at Higher Level Minimum 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English and Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

Only if studied alongside A Level Mathematics at grade B or above and one of A Level Physics, Chemistry or Further Mathematics.

*Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For information regarding what might amount to ‘specified equivalents’ please contact ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.0.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.0.

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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.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

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UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

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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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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:

Course essentials – additional costs

Internships, industrial placements or study abroad placement opportunities may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting applicable visa requirements.

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 will give you the opportunity to help you to develop skills in logical thinking, and demonstrates to employers your advanced numerical and analytical ability.

It may also 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 may be employed in a wide variety of roles, for example, as a research scientist, actuary, computer programmer, data analyst or teacher.

To help to improve your employment prospects and to support you in gaining valuable professional experience, we strongly encourage you to spend a year on industrial training between Year 2 and Year 3. Our faculty’s employability and placements unit EEC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016, will help you to identify 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 BSc (Hons) degree 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.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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