University home > Unit and programme catalogues in 2021/22 > Programme catalogue > Faculty of Science > School of Mathematics > Mathematics and Physics (BSc) > Specification
Programme code  2MATH008U 

Programme type  Joint Honours (UG) 
Programme director(s) 
Sebastian Muller (Mathematics)
Tony Short (Physics) 
Faculty  Faculty of Science 
School/department  School of Mathematics 
Second School/department  School of Physics 
Teaching institution  University of Bristol 
Awarding institution  University of Bristol 
Accrediting types: 
Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of partially meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist. (http://www.iop.org/) 
Relevant QAA subject benchmark groups 
Physics, astronomy and astrophysics (2019) (benchmark statement)
Mathematics, statistics and operational research (2019) (benchmark statement) 
Mode of study  Full Time 
Programme length  3 years (full time) 
All degree programmes share the University's aim of "offering students the best possible learning experience in a research environment"  enabling them to realise their full potential in their chosen careers. An important goal is to maximise student choice while maintaining academic consistency. Mathematics and Physics are closelylinked disciplines which, though each has its own ethos which is expressed in the curricula, permits of a large component that is mutuallysupporting and complementary. The programmes provide academic and practical training in Mathematics and Physics to:
· provide a suitable foundation for graduate studies or a professional career in mathematics or physics
· provide a first degree whose standards are comparable to those in other European countries
· provide programmes of study which respond to the national need for high quality physics and mathematics graduates
· produce graduates with a thorough knowledge of mathematics and physics and the confidence to apply it to new situations, as a basis for problemsolving and continuing selflearning throughout their careers
· develop a more advanced knowledge of some topics particularly but not exclusively those relevant to other subjects in the programme
· develop skills in mathematical reasoning, problemsolving and mathematical manipulation
· develop the ability to think logically and critically and express ideas clearly
· provide a flexible, responsive and friendly learning environment
· deliver high quality teaching.
Programme Intended Learning Outcomes  Learning and Teaching Methods 


Lectures are the principal form of teaching 
Methods of Assessment  
Assessment is through a combination of unseen written examinations, moderated course work, seminars, laboratory reports and project reports or dissertations, IT work, oral presentations and interviews. 
Programme Intended Learning Outcomes  Learning and Teaching Methods 


Intellectual skills are developed through the learning and teaching methods outlined in the section above. Tutorials, assessment of laboratory and IT work and the write up of projects or dissertations, vivas and poster session and seminars are all key to developing intellectual and presentational skills. 
Methods of Assessment  
The methods of assessment outlined above all contain components which assess these skills. Those associated at all levels with laboratory and project work and seminars have a component reflecting presentation and performance of the skills detailed here. 
Programme Intended Learning Outcomes  Learning and Teaching Methods 


Transferable skills are developed through the learning and teaching methods outlined above. The project or dissertation is key to developing decision making, timemanagement and efficient use of resources. Group working is developed as part of the laboratory and project work, and general communication skills are used as part of project/dissertation assessment, involving as it does a written report and a viva. ICT skills are acquired throughout the programmes either in specific courses or as part of laboratory and project work, which includes literature surveys and distillation of information from diverse sources. 
Methods of Assessment  
The methods of assessment outlined above all contain components which assess these skills. In particular, those associated at all levels with computation, laboratory and project work have a component reflecting presentation and performance of the skills detailed here. 
Statement of expectations from the students at each level of the programme as it/they develop year on year.
Level C/4  Certificate 
They will have a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of a subject, and will have learned how to take different approaches to solving problems. They will be able to communicate accurately, and will have the qualities needed for employment requiring the exercise of some personal responsibility. 

Level I/5  Intermediate 
They will have developed a sound understanding of the principles in their field of study, and will have learned to apply those principles more widely. Through this, they will have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. Their studies may well have had a vocational orientation, enabling them to perform effectively in their chosen field. 
Level H/6  Honours 
They will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decisionmaking. They will have developed an understanding of a complex body of knowledge, some of it at the current boundaries of an academic discipline. Through this, the graduate will have developed analytical techniques and problemsolving skills that can be applied in many types of employment. The graduate will be able to evaluate evidence, arguments and assumptions, to reach sound judgements, and to communicate effectively. They should have the qualities needed for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility, and decisionmaking in complex and unpredictable circumstances. 
Level M/7  Masters 
Much of the study undertaken at Masters level will have been at, or informed by, the forefront of an academic or professional discipline. Students will have shown originality in the application of knowledge, and they will understand how the boundaries of knowledge are advanced through research. They will be able to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, and they will show originality in tackling and solving problems. They will have the qualities needed for employment in circumstances requiring sound judgement, personal responsibility and initiative, in complex and unpredictable professional environments. 
The intended learning outcome mapping document shows which mandatory units contribute towards each programme intended learning outcome.
For information on the admissions requirements for this programme please see details in the undergraduate prospectus at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/prospectus/undergraduate/ or contact the relevant academic department.
UG Workload Statement
Success as an undergraduate student depends on you being able to make the transition to selfmotivated, independent learning. Programmes are designed to assist you in this development, in many cases by starting with units in which timetabled teaching, such as lectures and practical classes, provides the foundations of knowledge and skills in a subject, moving on to individual researchbased work. Over time you will be expected to take increasing responsibility for your own learning, guided by the feedback on your work that you will receive. At the heart of your studies at every level there must be regular and disciplined individual reading, reflection and writing and it is this skill of independent studies, above all others, that will serve you best when you leave the University.
Most programmes use credits and a 20 credit unit broadly equates to about 200 hours of student input. This includes all activities related to the teaching, learning and assessment of taught units.
A component of this is the time that you spend in class, in contact with the teaching staff, which includes activities such as lectures, laboratories, tutorials and fieldwork. Some of this activity may be online and could consist of activity that is synchronous (using realtime environments such as Blackboard Collaborate) or asynchronous (using tools such as tutor moderated discussion forums, blogs or wikis).
In some programmes there are field courses and/or placements that will take place in concentrated periods of time.
Outside scheduled activities you are expected to pursue your own independent learning to build your knowledge and understanding of the subjects you are studying. Such independent activities include, reviewing lecture material, reading textbooks, working on examples sheets, completing coursework, writing up laboratory notes, preparing for inclass progress tests and revising for examinations.
We recognise that many students undertake paid employment. To achieve a sensible balance between work and study, you are advised to undertake paid work for no more than 15 hours per week in termtime.
Professional Programmes
Many undergraduates in the Faculty of Health Sciences will be following the professional programmes of:
For these professional programmes, full time attendance is compulsory unless absence is formally approved. Academic activities are timetabled throughout the 5day week and student workload is around 40 hours per week on average. Where possible, students in the early years are permitted Wednesday afternoons for sport and extracurriculum activities. This may not be available in later years of professional programmes as when a student progresses through the curricula there is an increasing exposure to clinical and professional activities. Students in clinic or on placements may need to stay later than core times of 08.00 – 18.00 or even overnight to observe outofhours activities. This increasing exposure to clinical activities means that students on these professional programmes often have longer term dates than the University standard. Individual years within programmes are likely to vary in length (for example because of the timings of placements) and further information on this will be found in individual programme regulations. Another important point to note is that many of the assessments sit outside of the standard University examination timetable and are likely to be more frequent meaning that students will more oftentimes be engaged in revision activities and selfdirected learning.
Faculty of Health Sciences
Faculty Assessment and Feedback Statement for Undergraduate Students. University of Bristol access only.
School of Mathematics Administration Team – mathinfo@bristol.ac.uk
MATH10015, MATH10011 and MATH10012 are must pass units. For the definition of must pass units please see the Glossary of Terms from Annex 1 to the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/esu/assessment/annex/glossary.html
Unit Name  Unit Code  Credit Points  Status  

Linear Algebra  MATH10015  20  Mandatory  TB4 
Analysis  MATH10011  20  Mandatory  TB4 
ODEs, Curves and Dynamics  MATH10012  20  Mandatory  TB4 
Probability 1  MATH11300  10  Mandatory  TB1 
Core Physics I:Mechanics and Matter  PHYS10006  20  Mandatory  TB1 
Core Physics II: Oscillations, Waves and Fields  PHYS10005  20  Mandatory  TB2 
Physics Laboratory  PHYS10004  10  Mandatory  TB4 
Certificate of Higher Education  120 
Unit Name  Unit Code  Credit Points  Status  

Applied Partial Differential Equations 2  MATH20402  20  Mandatory  TB2 
Multivariable Calculus and Complex Functions  MATH20015  20  Mandatory  TB1 
Ordinary Differential Equations 2  MATH20101  20  Mandatory  TB1 
Mechanics, Oscillations and Quantum Mechanics I  PHYS20028  20  Mandatory  TB1 
Electromagnetism, Waves and Quantum Mechanics II  PHYS20029  20  Mandatory  TB2 
Practical Physics 201  PHYS29010  10  Mandatory  TB4 
Thermal Physics  PHYS20027  10  Mandatory  TB2C 
Diploma of Higher Education  120 
Unit Name  Unit Code  Credit Points  Status  

Solid State Physics 3021  PHYS30021  20  Mandatory  TB1 
Select one of the following:  
Industrial Group Project  PHYS30007  30  Optional  TB4 
Physics Project 333  PHYS39330  30  Optional  TB4 
Physics Education 333  PHYS39332  30  Optional  TB4 
Select 10cp Physics units from the following list:  
Condensed Matter Physics 311  PHYS31111  10  Optional  TB2C 
Cosmology 201  PHYS24010  10  Optional  TB2D 
Environmental Physics  PHYS30027  10  Optional  TB2D 
Introduction to Computational Physics  PHYS30009  10  Optional  TB4 
Nanophysics  PHYS32600  10  Optional  TB2D 
Nuclear and Particle Physics  PHYS22040  10  Optional  TB1A 
Particle Physics  PHYS32012  10  Optional  TB1B 
Quantum Physics 301  PHYS32011  10  Optional  TB1 
Select 60cp Mathematics units from the following list:  
Students are not able to take MATH36206 Dynamical Systems and MATH30017 Optimisation at the same time  
Calculus of Variations  MATH30005  10  Optional  TB1B 
Dynamical Systems and Ergodic Theory 3  MATH36206  20  Optional  TB2 
Fields, Forms and Flows  MATH30018  20  Optional  TB1 
Fluid Dynamics 3  MATH33200  20  Optional  TB1 
Information Theory 3  MATH34600  10  Optional  TB1A 
Mathematical Methods  MATH30800  20  Optional  TB2 
Mechanics 23  MATH31910  20  Optional  TB2 
Modern Mathematical Biology  MATH30004  10  Optional  TB2D 
Optimisation  MATH30017  20  Optional  TB2 
Numerical Analysis  MATH30029  20  Optional  TB2 
Random Matrix Theory  MATH30016  10  Optional  TB2C 
Statistical Mechanics  MATH34300  20  Optional  TB2 
Control Theory  EMAT30014  10  Optional  TB2 
Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos  EMAT33100  10  Optional  TB1 
Mathematics and Physics (BSc)  120 
Unit Pass Mark for Undergraduate Programmes:
For details on the weightings for classifying undergraduate degrees, please see the Agreed Weightings, by Faculty, to be applied for the Purposes of Calculating the Final Programme Mark and Degree Classification in Undergraduate Programmes.
For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.
Please refer to the specific progression/award requirements for programmes with a preliminary year of study, the Gateway programmes and International Foundation programmes.
All undergraduate degree programmes allow the opportunity for a student to exit from a programme with a Diploma or Certificate of Higher Education.
Integrated Master's degrees may also allow the opportunity for a student to exit from the programme with an equivalent Bachelor's degree where a student has achieved 360 credit points, of which 90 must be at level 6, and has successfully met any additional criteria as described in the programme specification.
The opportunities for a student to exit from one of the professional programmes in Veterinary Science, Medicine, and Dentistry with an Award is outlined in the relevant Programme Regulations (which are available as an annex in the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes).
An Ordinary degree can be awarded if a student has successfully completed at least 300 credits with a minimum of 60 credits at Level 6.
The pass mark for the professional programmes in Veterinary Science, Medicine and Dentistry is 50 out of 100. The classification of a degree in the professional programmes in Veterinary Science, Medicine, and Dentistry is provided in the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.
University of Bristol,
Senate House,
Tyndall Avenue,
Bristol, BS8 1TH, UK
Tel: +44 (0)117 928 9000