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Programme structure: Physics (BSc) - what's running in 2020/21

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Students will be offered a blended educational experience with a mix of in person and online teaching. The in person teaching will consist of small group work, laboratory practicals and field work/alternative activities. To achieve the intended learning outcomes across the programme and to satisfy any accreditation requirements, students will be expected to undertake some in person teaching. Where this is not possible, students will be asked to contact their School to discuss arrangements.

PHYS10008, PHYS10005, PHYS10006, PHYS10007 and MATH11004 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

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status Teaching Block
Core Physics I:Mechanics and Matter PHYS10006 20 Mandatory TB-1
Core Physics II: Oscillations, Waves and Fields PHYS10005 20 Mandatory TB-2
Practical Physics I PHYS10007 20 Mandatory TB-4
Students must take the three Mandatory units above together with either:
Maths with Numerical Modelling for Physics PHYS10008 20 Optional TB-2
Mathematics 1A20 MATH11004 20 Optional TB-1
And 20 credit points from the following, subject to availability:
Stars and Planets 106 PHYS10600 20 Optional TB-1
Big Ideas in Science CHEM10001 20 Optional TB-4
Introduction to Philosophy A PHIL10005 20 Optional TB-1
Introduction to Philosophy B PHIL10006 20 Optional TB-2
Sustainable Development UNIV10001 20 Optional TB-2
Introductory Scientific Computing SCIF10001 20 Optional TB-4
20 credit points of open units OPEN 20 Optional
Analysis MATH10011 20 Optional TB-4
ODEs, Curves and Dynamics MATH10012 20 Optional TB-4
Linear Algebra MATH10015 20 Optional TB-4
This challenging option is available only to those with A or above in Mathematics and Further Mathematics at A level, or equivalent.
Certificate of Higher Education   120    

Progression/award requirements

Unit Pass Mark for Undergraduate Programmes:

  • 40 out of 100 – for level C/4, I/5 & H/6 units
  • 50 out of 100 – for level M/7 units

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.

Exit awards

All undergraduate degree programmes allow the opportunity for a student to exit from a programme with a Diploma or Certificate of Higher Education.

  • To be awarded a Diploma of Higher Education, a student must have successfully completed 240 credit points, of which at least 90 must be at level 5.
  • To be awarded a Certificate of Higher Education, a student must have successfully completed 120 credit points at level 4.

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).