This course aims to provide you with a solid grounding in understanding fundamental concepts in physics.
This physics degree explores phenomena at all length scales, from the sub-atomic level (quantum mechanics) to the macroscopic scale (cosmology), and everything in between.
It aims to train you to identify key aspects of physical phenomenon, as well as in the essential approximations required to carry out practical calculations.
An essential part of the course relies on understanding numerical and experimental processes and the uncertainties inherent to measurements. As such, there will be ample opportunity for you to engage with real-world data analysis and experimental techniques using activity-led learning, lab-before-lecture and flipped learning techniques, which have formed a long-standing part of Coventry University’s teaching and learning strategy.
You will have the opportunity to translate concepts in physics into mathematical and computational models, allowing you to solve various physical and real-world problems upon successful completion of the course.
Over the course of your studies, you will have the chance to learn a variety of analytical and numerical tools used by physicists to tackle problems in the field of statistical mechanics, cosmology, or quantum mechanics.
Why you should study this course
Studying a physics degree at Coventry University will provide you with the opportunity to delve into the laws governing the universe, from a microscopic (particles and atoms) to an astronomical scale (planets and galaxies), and much more. A degree in physics may also open the door to a huge range of rewarding careers.
Technological advances such as the current digital revolution, quantum computing, and holographic screens were driven by the curiosity of generations of scientists investigating the fundamental principles of physics. Future advances, will likewise, depend on our evolving understanding of physics. Since ancient times, critical thinking has been at the heart of all physical theory. It is a tradition in physics to question everything, to take nothing for granted, to test theory against experiments until one reaches a coherent and satisfying model of the world around us.
Studying this exciting subject will provide you with the opportunity to develop practical, experimental, and strong problem-solving skills. This may open the door, not only to careers in all areas of science, engineering, and teaching, but thanks to the transferable nature of the skills developed, physics graduates are also much appreciated in areas as diverse as data science, actuarial science, finance, and banking.
Coventry University has long-standing research in many areas of theoretical and experimental physics: Fluid Mechanics, Magneto Hydrodynamics, Materials Science, Condensed Matter Physics, Statistical Physics and Complex Systems, Nanophysics, Cosmology and Lasers, to mention a few.
How you’ll learn
Actual teaching contact hours will vary depending on the level of study and the requirements of a particular semester. You will learn through a suitable combination of lectures, examples classes, tutorial sessions and laboratory sessions.
As well as having the opportunity to learn the theoretical foundations for studying physics, there is an emphasis on developing practical skills, which includes the use of physics laboratory sessions and PC sessions using software to solve problems in physics.
In addition, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study each week depending on the demands of individual modules. The number of contact hours may vary from semester to semester, however, on average, it is likely to be around 18 contact hours per week in the first year, reducing by approximately 3 hours per week in subsequent years as you become a more independent learner.
Students completing the MPhys have a final year project in Year four instead of Year three, leaving time and space for an additional module in Year three. Hence, during the second semester of Year three, students completing the MPhys should expect an additional 3-4 contact hours per week compared to BSc students, who will be completing their final year project. In the fourth year, the first semester consists of around 13 contact hours per week, whilst the second semester is entirely dedicated to the final year project.
This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include in-class tests, exams, coursework, labs, presentations, and reports.
The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Apply physical principles to diverse areas of Physics
- Solve problems in Physics by choosing appropriate mathematical and physical techniques
- Make appropriate approximations when solving problems
- Critically analyse experimental results and place them in their context
- Use mathematical or computational techniques to model physical phenomena
- Communicate scientific information in a clear and accurate way
- Work cooperatively on a project
- Create working solutions to a variety of computational and real-world problems using an appropriate programming language (or languages) for the task.
Additionally, upon successful completion of the MPhys course, you will be able to:
- Apply physical and mathematical principles to solve research informed problems in Physics at the forefront of discipline
- Demonstrate an understanding and communicate complex scientific ideas concisely and accurately
- Demonstrate an understanding of scientific research and be able to propose realistic methods to advance the research further
- Apply a range of postgraduate level transferable skills in data analysis, science communication, critical thinking and problem solving
- Plan and execute an open-ended research project.
International experience opportunities
If you have a desire to gain international experience, there are opportunities to spend a year studying abroad. The opportunity for a placement year means that we will aim to support you in applying for a placement.
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