The course

UCAS code
Up to 5 years
Delivery type


  • Contact

    Dr David Townsend

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    +44 (0) 131 451 3794

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The programme offers a range of elective courses, as well as sound core grounding in both mathematics and physics, and it will be possible for undergraduates to transfer between Mathematics and Physics at an early stage. Considerable computer skills will also be acquired.


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

Involves an even split between core mathematics and core physics and includes topics such as: calculus, differential equations, classical mechanics and classical fields..

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:36%
  • Independent study: 64%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:56%
  • Practical:16%
  • Coursework:28%
Year 2

Involves an even split between core mathematics and core physics and includes topics such as analysis and statistical mechanics. There will also be courses in experimental and computing techniques.

Learning and teaching

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


  • Written:66%
  • Practical:11%
  • Coursework:23%
Year 3

Involves core mathematics and physics and includes topics such as: advanced differential equations, solid state and quantum physics. Practical work introduces an emphasis on mathematical modelling of systems.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:35%
  • Independent study: 65%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:76%
  • Practical:6%
  • Coursework:18%
Year 4

Advanced-level topics are introduced such as Optimisation; Partial Differential Equations and Quantum Mechanics. Project work is designed to take advantage of additional mathematical and modelling skills developed in earlier years of study.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:31%
  • Independent study: 69%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:75%
  • Practical:20%
  • Coursework:5%
Year 5

Includes advanced physics and advanced mathematics courses such as Mathematical Biology and Medicine or PDE Numerical Analysis. A major part of the year is the research project, in which the student is attached to a University research group and is enabled to perform original work on their own or as an integral part of the research team. Typically projects will be set to exploit student skills in mathematical subjects.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:41%
  • Independent study: 59%
  • Placement:0%


  • Written:62%
  • Practical:4%
  • Coursework:34%

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