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Programme structure: Physics MSc - what's running in 2017/18

This programme is currently not recruiting.

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status
Laboratory Skills Not Available in 2017/18 PHYSM3413 10 Mandatory
Student Seminar 431 PHYSM3100 10 Mandatory
Computing Skills Not Available in 2017/18 PHYSM3415 10 Mandatory
MSc Research Project Not Available in 2017/18 PHYSM3412 60 Mandatory
Students who did not take a BSc Physics programme at Bristol as undergraduates must take the above computing skills unit, and then 90cp of lecture units from the list of approved level 6 and 7 options below, with at least 60cp at level 7.
Students who DID take a BSc Physics programme at Bristol as undergraduates may not take the computing skills unit, and must instead take either the following laboratory skills 2 unit, plus 90cp of lecture units from the list of approved level 6 and 7 options below, with at least 60cp at level 7 OR 100cp of lecture units from the list of approved level 6 and 7 options below, with at least 70cp at level 7.
Relativistic Field Theory PHYSM3417 10 Optional
Theoretical Particle Physics PHYSM0800 10 Optional
Condensed Matter 410 - Magnetism and Superconductivity PHYSM1000 10 Optional
General Relativity and Cosmology PHYSM1900 10 Optional
Semiconductor Physics PHYSM2100 10 Optional
The Physics of Gas and Plasma in the Universe PHYSM3409 10 Optional
Advanced Quantum Physics PHYSM3416 10 Optional
Current Topics in Physics PHYSM3407 10 Optional
Air Water Fire Earth 301 PHYS31010 10 Optional
Condensed Matter Physics 311 PHYS31111 10 Optional
Galaxies 301 PHYS34011 10 Optional
High Energy Astrophysics 301 PHYS34012 10 Optional
Particle Physics PHYS32012 10 Optional
Quantum Physics 301 PHYS32011 10 Optional
Stellar Structure and Evolution 301 PHYS34013 10 Optional
Biophysics 321 PHYS31211 10 Optional
Methods of Theoretical Physics 3 PHYS30015 10 Optional
Nanophysics PHYS32600 10 Optional
Physics World 301 PHYS38010 10 Optional
Quantum Information Theory MATHM5610 10 Optional
Quantum Chaos MATHM5700 10 Optional
Advanced Fluid Dynamics MATHM0600 20 Optional
Complex Networks 4 MATHM6201 20 Optional
Asymptotics MATHM4700 20 Optional
Seismology EASCM0018 10 Optional
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics EASCM0025 10 Optional
Statistical Mechanics 34 MATHM4500 20 Optional
Only one of the following may be chosen:
Solid State Physics 3021 PHYS30021 20 Optional
MSc   180  

Progression/award requirements

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.

Exit awards

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to exit from the programme with a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

Degree classifications:

An award with Merit or Distinction is permitted for postgraduate taught masters, diplomas and certificates, where these are specifically named entry-level qualifications. An award with Merit or Distinction is not permitted for exit awards where students are required to exit the programme on academic grounds. An exit award with Merit or Distinction may be permitted where students are prevented by exceptional circumstances from completing the intended award.

The classification of the award in relation to the final programme mark is as follows:

Award with Distinction*: at least 65 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 70 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

Award with Merit*: at least 60 out of 100 for the taught component overall and, for masters awards, at least 60 out of 100 for the dissertation. Faculties retain discretion to increase these thresholds.

* The MA in Law has separate regulations for awarding distinction and merit.

Diploma/certificate stages:

All taught masters programmes, unless exempted by Senate, must allow the opportunity for students to choose, or be required, to leave at the postgraduate diploma or certificate stage.

To be awarded a postgraduate diploma, students must have successfully completed 120 credit points, of which 90 must be at level M/7.

To be awarded a postgraduate certificate, students must have successfully completed 60 credit points, of which 40 must be at level M/7.

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