For your first three years of the course you will follow very similar modules as those taking our Physics BSc. This will give you an excellent grounding in the fundamental aspects of physics you will need for further study and research. In your fourth year, you will access a wide range of specialised physics options through a course with other University of London institutions, and the MSci project will give you experience of a genuine large-scale research project.
Problem solving and project work are important elements of this course and you will learn team- work, group organisation and the skills of oral and poster presentations. We also encourage you to work with a school, to experience teaching and develop the skill of presenting information to a non-expert audience.
You will be assigned a personal tutor to support your academic development, and our Department encourages an atmosphere in which students feel able to easily approach academic staff. The Student-Staff Liaison Committee provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and feedback on teaching. Both staff and students are members of the Maxwell Society, which is the Department of Physics’ social and lecture society.
We will teach you through a combination of lectures and laboratory classes, tutorials and project work. All of our academic staff are involved with the undergraduate teaching course.
You are expected to spend approximately 10 hours work per credit for each module you attend in your degree, e.g. 150 hours work for a 15 credit module. These hours cover every aspect of the module.
We will assess you primarily through written exams, although occasionally also through practical laboratory examinations, laboratory reports, class tests, coursework and oral presentations.
For your project in your fourth year, we will give you a mark based on continuous assessment by a supervisor, a project report of 10,000 words, a research letter in the style of Phys. Rev. Lett. and an oral exam.
This course is accredited by the IOP (Institute of Physics).