You’ll study the foundations of physics. Classes will also cover maths, mechanics, optics and waves, electromagnetism and quantum physics and practical work undertaken in the teaching laboratory. You’ll also select elective classes from across the University.
All classes taken in this year are compulsory build upon the physics knowledge developed in the first year. You’ll be introduced to new topics such as solid-state physics and computational physics. The laboratory work becomes more sophisticated, recognising your growing maturity as a physicist.
In addition to classes on quantum physics, electromagnetism, statistical mechanics and solid-state physics, you will take lectures that relate to teaching pedagogy for science as well as a teaching placement in a school. ?
During the first semester of the fourth year you'll either undertake a project in the research labs of a member of staff in the department or one of our first semester optional classes from topics as diverse as photonics through to quantum information theory.
You’ll spend the second semester of fourth year covering education-based courses together with an extended period of teaching practice in schools.
2022 entry requirements
4 or 5 Highers at AAAB or ABBBB including Maths and Physics. Higher English necessary at C. Advanced Higher Maths and Physics preferred.
Widening access entry:
4 Highers at AABC or ABBB including Maths and Physics at B. Higher English necessary at C. Advanced Higher Maths and Physics preferred.
Faculty of Science