The course

UCAS code
F322
Duration
Up to 5 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

  • Contact

    Dr David Townsend

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 131 451 3794

  • Email

    physics@hw.ac.uk

Overview

The Chemical Physics degree programme spans the interface between chemistry and physics. The programme incorporates all the core elements of a physics degree as well as key chemistry concepts relating to the structure and properties of atoms, molecules and materials. The interdisciplinary nature of the programme ensures students will develop a wide range of skills and expertise. In the final Level students will undertake a research project, working closely with a member of staff.

Chemical Physics is well suited to students with interests in the atomic and molecular applications of physics and the more physical and mathematical aspects of chemistry

Accreditation

Accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) for the purpose of partially meeting the educational requirement for Chartered Physicist.

Course content

   Detailed course guide
Year 1

Topics studied will include Mechanics and Waves; Principles of Chemistry; Fields and Forces; Chemical Reactivity; Mathematics; Physics and Chemistry Laboratory Work.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:33%
  • Independent study: 67%
  • Placement:0%

Assessment

  • Written:59%
  • Practical:14%
  • Coursework:27%
Year 2

Topics studied will include Photonics and Optics; Introduction to Spectroscopy; Chemical Kinetics; Thermodynamics; Atomic Structure and Molecular Bonding; Mathematics; Communication Skills; Physics and Chemistry Laboratory Work.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:33%
  • Independent study: 67%
  • Placement:0%

Assessment

  • Written:60%
  • Practical:17%
  • Coursework:23%
Year 3

Topics studied will include Advanced Chemical Structure; Electromagnetism and Optics; Advanced Mathematics; Solid State Physics; Circuits and Analysis; Quantum Theory and Advanced Spectroscopy; Classical Dynamics; Statistical Physics; Laboratory Work.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:32%
  • Independent study: 68%
  • Placement:0%

Assessment

  • Written:74%
  • Practical:5%
  • Coursework:21%
Year 4

Topics will include Advanced Chemical Kinetics; Lasers; Numerical Modelling and Data Analysis; Large Scale Chemical Systems; Nuclear and Particle Physics; Advanced Quantum Mechanics; Advanced Problem Solving; Chemical Physics BSc Research Project.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:30%
  • Independent study: 70%
  • Placement:0%

Assessment

  • Written:79%
  • Practical:6%
  • Coursework:15%
Year 5

Topics will include Advanced Optics; Advanced Physical Chemistry; Advanced Quantum Mechanics; Computer Modelling of Chemical Systems; Chemical Physics Research Project..

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:40%
  • Independent study: 60%
  • Placement:0%

Assessment

  • Written:60%
  • Practical:5%
  • Coursework:35%

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