Degree Programme Specification 2019/2020
BSc Honours in Mathematical Physics
|To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. This information is created when new programmes are established and is only updated periodically as programmes are formally reviewed. It is therefore only accurate on the date of last revision.|
|Awarding institution:||The University of Edinburgh|
|Teaching institution:||The University of Edinburgh|
|Programme accredited by:|
|Final award:||BSc Honours|
|Programme title:||Mathematical Physics BSc|
|Relevant QAA subject benchmarking group(s):||Physics, astronomy and astrophysics|
|Postholder with overall responsibility for QA:||Dr Victoria Martin|
|Date of production/revision:||25 March 2015|
|Further Information:||View the prospectus entry for this programme|
Mathematical Physics aims to develop a precise quantitative understanding of the nature, structure and evolution of the physical world through the language of mathematics. Its scope runs from quarks and leptons, the smallest fragments of the universe, through the material world we perceive directly with our senses, and on to stars and galaxies, and the origins and fate of the universe itself. It thus builds directly on the work of Newton, Maxwell, Einstein, Heisenberg, Dirac, Feynman, Hawking, Higgs and countless others. Our aim is to equip you with the precise analytical thinking necessary to understand this vast subject, and thereby prepare you for a broad range of subsequent careers in Theoretical or Computational Physics, Applied Mathematics or any profession requiring the solution of difficult problems through mathematical modelling. More information about Mathematical Physics at Edinburgh may be found at www.tait.ac.uk.
Studying Mathematical Physics at Edinburgh allows the student to develop:
Programme structure and features
The programme structure is a full time, four year, 480pt Scottish Bachelors with Honours with entry at first or second year level and is fully compliant with the University’s Curriculum Framework and Scottish Qualification Framework.
Details of the programme requirements and features for each year of the degree are given in the Degree Programme Table, available in the University's Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study http://www.drps.ed.ac.uk/
Teaching and learning workload
You will learn through a mixture of scheduled teaching and independent study. Some programmes also offer work placements.
At Edinburgh we use a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions, technical workshops and studio critiques.
The typical workload for a student on this programme is outlined in the table below, however the actual time you spend on each type of activity will depend on what courses you choose to study.
Assessment method balance
You will be assessed through a variety of methods. These might include written or practical exams or coursework such as essays, projects, group work or presentations.
The typical assessment methods for a student on this programme are outlined below, however the balance between written exams, practical exams and coursework will vary depending on what courses you choose to study.