The course

UCAS code
F390
Duration
Up to 4 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 world's increasing energy needs highlight the importance of energy and related technologies. Physicists have played a pivotal role in the development, storage, distribution, and usage of energy. This programme combines the key benefits of physics (problem solving, analysis, investigation, experimentation, modelling) with key energy engineering topics (Thermodynamics, Energy Generation, Safety, Energy Distribution), to offer students the option of a Physics degree with an emphasis on energy engineering, without losing the core Physics concepts.

Accreditation

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

Course content

Year 1

Gives a strong foundation in physics, mathematics and principles of mechanical and electrical engineering. Experimental and computer skills are developed through the practical 'Investigative Techniques' course.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:34%
  • Independent study: 66%
  • Placement:0%

Assessment

  • Written:56%
  • Practical:17%
  • Coursework:27%
Year 2

Important core themes of physics are introduced through courses in Photonics and Optics; Thermal Physics and Properties of Matter. Courses also cover Electronics and Electromechanical systems. Practical and Computer Laboratory courses run alongside these courses to help develop experimental skills.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:34%
  • Independent study: 66%
  • Placement:0%

Assessment

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

The core Physics element is provided by a number of courses including Electronics; Optics; Solid State and Electromagnetism. This is supplemented by an introduction to Petroleum Engineering. Practical and Computer Laboratory courses continue to support these courses.

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:34%
  • Independent study: 66%
  • Placement:0%

Assessment

  • Written:71%
  • Practical:5%
  • Coursework:24%
Year 4

The core Physics programme includes studies of Electromagnetism; Laser Physics; Optical Sensing and Energy Studies; Statistical, Nuclear and Particle Physics. Practical work is provided by advanced lab work or projects..

Learning and teaching

  • Scheduled learning:38%
  • Independent study: 62%
  • Placement:0%

Assessment

  • Written:74%
  • Practical:3%
  • Coursework:23%

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