Master in Physics (Honours) Physics
Important entry information
Entry to first year is the standard entry route, and the route which can provide the broadest education, and which can give most flexibility in final choice of degree. Students who are aiming for a degree in Physics or Astrophysics and who enter with good Advanced Highers or Alevels or equivalent in Physics and Mathematics may apply for an accelerated entry route to the programme, which can reduce the length of the BSc Honours programme to three years and the MPhys programme to four years. The special Physics and Astronomy (Gateway) first year allows subsequent progression to the second year of all the singlehonours degree programmes in the School, and the joint degrees with the School of Mathematics.
Programme Requirements
MPhys (Hons) Physics: First year PHYPHYSS1M_1920



Code 
Module name 
Credits 




PH1011

Physics 1A 
20 

AND 


PH1012

Physics 1B 
20 

AND 


MT1002

Mathematics 
20 

AND 


Remaining credits from Level 1000 options



Further requirements Choose 120 credits in the academic year
Students without prerequisite for MT1002 will take MT1001 in Semester 1.
Appropriately qualified applicants may bypass first year and have direct entry to second year.

MPhys (Hons) Physics: Second year PHYPHYSS2M_1920



Code 
Module name 
Credits 



^ 
PH2011

Physics 2A 
30 

AND 

^ 
PH2012

Physics 2B 
30 

AND 

~ 
MT2501

Linear Mathematics 
15 

AND 

~ 
MT2503

Multivariate Calculus 
15 

AND 


Remaining credits from Levels 1000 and 2000 options



Further requirements Choose 120 credits in the academic year Choose a minimum of 80 Level 2000 credits
Automatic entry to Honours requires
 pass and have an average grade 15 or better in modules marked ^
 pass and have an average grade 15 or better in modules marked ~

Entry to Honours MPhys or MSci
Students who attain an average grade of 15 or above at the first sitting in each of the requisite 2000level combinations, and who meet all the other programme requirements will be permitted automatic entry into MPhys or MSci Honours programmes. It is not permitted to trail any modules or credits in to the start of the honours programme in Integrated Masters degrees.
MPhys Honours
The general requirements are 600 credits over a period of normally five years (and not more than six years) or parttime equivalent, of which the final three years form an approved Honours programme of at least 360 credits, of which 120 credits are at 5000 level and at least 210 credits are at 3000 and/or 4000 levels.
MPhys (Hons) Physics: Third year PHYPHYSS3M_1920



Code 
Module name 
Credits 




PH3007

Electromagnetism 
15 

AND 


PH3012

Thermal and Statistical Physics 
15 

AND 


PH3014

Transferable Skills for Physicists 
15 

AND 


PH3061

Quantum Mechanics 1 
10 

AND 


PH3062

Quantum Mechanics 2 
10 

AND 


PH3080

Computational Physics 
10 

AND 


PH3081

Mathematics for Physicists 
15 

AND 


PH3101

Physics Laboratory 1 
15 

AND 
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PH3074

Electronics 
15 

OR 


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15 credits from Module List: AS3000AS4999,PH3000  PH4109, MT3000MT3999, MT4000MT4598, MT4600MT4793, MT4797MT4999

) 



AS3013

Computational Astrophysics 
15 




AS4010

Extragalactic Astronomy 
15 




AS4011

The Physics of Nebulae and Stars 1 
15 




AS4012

The Physics of Nebulae and Stars 2 
15 




AS4015

Gravitational and Accretion Physics 
15 




AS4025

Observational Astrophysics 
15 




AS4103

Astrophysics Project (BSc) 
30 




PH3007

Electromagnetism 
15 




PH3012

Thermal and Statistical Physics 
15 




PH3014

Transferable Skills for Physicists 
15 




PH3061

Quantum Mechanics 1 
10 




PH3062

Quantum Mechanics 2 
10 




PH3074

Electronics 
15 




PH3080

Computational Physics 
10 




PH3081

Mathematics for Physicists 
15 




PH3082

Mathematics for Chemistry / Physics 
20 




PH3101

Physics Laboratory 1 
15 




PH4026

Signals and Information 
15 




PH4027

Optoelectronics and Nonlinear Optics 
15 




PH4028

Advanced Quantum Mechanics: Concepts and Methods 
15 




PH4031

Fluids 
15 




PH4032

Special Relativity and Fields 
15 




PH4034

Principles of Lasers 
15 




PH4035

Principles of Optics 
15 




PH4036

Physics of Music 
15 




PH4038

Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Dynamics 
15 




PH4039

Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics 
15 




PH4040

Nuclear and Particle Physics with Advanced Skills 
15 




PH4041

Atomic, Nuclear, and Particle Physics 
15 




PH4042

Concepts in Atomic Physics and Magnetic Resonance 
15 




PH4043

Studies in Physics and Chemistry 
5 




PH4044

Advanced Condensed Matter Physics 
15 




PH4045

Data Processing for Biomedical Imaging and Sensing 
15 




PH4105

Physics Laboratory 2 
15 




MT4003

Groups 
15 




MT4004

Real and Abstract Analysis 
15 




MT4005

Linear and Nonlinear Waves 
15 




MT4111

Symbolic Computation

15 




MT4112

Computing in Mathematics 
15 




MT4113

Computing in Statistics 
15 




MT4501

Topics in the History of Mathematics 
15 




MT4507

Classical Mechanics

15 




MT4508

Dynamical Systems 
15 




MT4509

Fluid Dynamics 
15 




MT4510

Solar Theory 
15 




MT4511

Asymptotic Methods

15 




MT4513

Fractal Geometry 
15 




MT4514

Graph Theory

15 




MT4515

Functional Analysis

15 




MT4516

Finite Mathematics 
15 




MT4519

Number Theory 
15 




MT4526

Topology 
15 




MT4527

Time Series Analysis

15 




MT4528

Markov Chains and Processes 
15 




MT4530

Population Genetics 
15 




MT4531

Bayesian Inference 
15 




MT4536

Stochastic and Spatial Processes

15 




MT4537

Spatial Statistics 
15 




MT4539

Quantitative Risk Management 
15 




MT4551

Financial Mathematics 
15 




MT4552

Mathematical Biology 1 
15 




MT4553

Theory of Electric and Magnetic Fields

15 




MT4606

Classical Statistical Inference 
15 




MT4607

Generalised Linear Models and Data Analysis

15 




MT4608

Sampling Theory

15 




MT4609

Multivariate Analysis

15 




MT4614

Design of Experiments 
15 




MT3501

Linear Mathematics 2 
15 




MT3502

Real Analysis 
15 




MT3503

Complex Analysis 
15 




MT3504

Differential Equations 
15 




MT3505

Algebra: Rings and Fields 
15 




MT3506

Techniques of Applied Mathematics 
15 




MT3507

Mathematical Statistics 
15 




MT3508

Applied Statistics 
15 




MT3802

Numerical Analysis 
15 




MT3832

Mathematical Programming 
15 




MT3852

Automata, Languages and Complexity

15 




Note:
 Not all modules are available in every academic year and/or semester
 Individual modules may have requisites to satisfy to be eligible to select them
For further details, see the module catalogue entry for each individual module above



Further requirements Choose 120 credits in academic year
Students must take PH3074 sometime in this programme, and it is recommended that this should be in third year. The level 3000 and level 4000 modules taken in this degree as part of the honours programme may include up to a total of 45 credits of MT modules.
In total, at least 330 credits must be achieved at 3000, 4000 and 5000 level with at least 120 of these at 5000.

MPhys (Hons) Physics: Fourth year PHYPHYSS4M_1920



Code 
Module name 
Credits 




PH4038

Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Dynamics 
15 

AND 


PH4039

Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics 
15 

AND 


PH4041

Atomic, Nuclear, and Particle Physics 
15 

AND 


PH4105

Physics Laboratory 2 
15 

AND 


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Between 0 and 15 credits from Module List: PH3074


AND 


PH3074

Electronics 
15 




Note:
 Not all modules are available in every academic year and/or semester
 Individual modules may have requisites to satisfy to be eligible to select them
For further details, see the module catalogue entry for each individual module above





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Between 0 and 60 credits from Module List AS3000  AS4999, PH3000  PH4109, ID4001,ID5059


AND 


AS3013

Computational Astrophysics 
15 




AS4010

Extragalactic Astronomy 
15 




AS4011

The Physics of Nebulae and Stars 1 
15 




AS4012

The Physics of Nebulae and Stars 2 
15 




AS4015

Gravitational and Accretion Physics 
15 




AS4025

Observational Astrophysics 
15 




AS4103

Astrophysics Project (BSc) 
30 




PH3007

Electromagnetism 
15 




PH3012

Thermal and Statistical Physics 
15 




PH3014

Transferable Skills for Physicists 
15 




PH3061

Quantum Mechanics 1 
10 




PH3062

Quantum Mechanics 2 
10 




PH3074

Electronics 
15 




PH3080

Computational Physics 
10 




PH3081

Mathematics for Physicists 
15 




PH3082

Mathematics for Chemistry / Physics 
20 




PH3101

Physics Laboratory 1 
15 




PH4026

Signals and Information 
15 




PH4027

Optoelectronics and Nonlinear Optics 
15 




PH4028

Advanced Quantum Mechanics: Concepts and Methods 
15 




PH4031

Fluids 
15 




PH4032

Special Relativity and Fields 
15 




PH4034

Principles of Lasers 
15 




PH4035

Principles of Optics 
15 




PH4036

Physics of Music 
15 




PH4038

Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Dynamics 
15 




PH4039

Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics 
15 




PH4040

Nuclear and Particle Physics with Advanced Skills 
15 




PH4041

Atomic, Nuclear, and Particle Physics 
15 




PH4042

Concepts in Atomic Physics and Magnetic Resonance 
15 




PH4043

Studies in Physics and Chemistry 
5 




PH4044

Advanced Condensed Matter Physics 
15 




PH4045

Data Processing for Biomedical Imaging and Sensing 
15 




PH4105

Physics Laboratory 2 
15 




ID4001

Communication and Teaching in Science 
15 




ID5059

Knowledge Discovery and Datamining 
15 




Note:
 Not all modules are available in every academic year and/or semester
 Individual modules may have requisites to satisfy to be eligible to select them
For further details, see the module catalogue entry for each individual module above





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Between 0 and 45 credits from Module List: MT3000MT3999, MT4000MT4598, MT4600MT4793, MT4797MT4999





MT3501

Linear Mathematics 2 
15 




MT3502

Real Analysis 
15 




MT3503

Complex Analysis 
15 




MT3504

Differential Equations 
15 




MT3505

Algebra: Rings and Fields 
15 




MT3506

Techniques of Applied Mathematics 
15 




MT3507

Mathematical Statistics 
15 




MT3508

Applied Statistics 
15 




MT3802

Numerical Analysis 
15 




MT3832

Mathematical Programming 
15 




MT3852

Automata, Languages and Complexity

15 




MT4003

Groups 
15 




MT4004

Real and Abstract Analysis 
15 




MT4005

Linear and Nonlinear Waves 
15 




MT4111

Symbolic Computation

15 




MT4112

Computing in Mathematics 
15 




MT4113

Computing in Statistics 
15 




MT4501

Topics in the History of Mathematics 
15 




MT4507

Classical Mechanics

15 




MT4508

Dynamical Systems 
15 




MT4509

Fluid Dynamics 
15 




MT4510

Solar Theory 
15 




MT4511

Asymptotic Methods

15 




MT4513

Fractal Geometry 
15 




MT4514

Graph Theory

15 




MT4515

Functional Analysis

15 




MT4516

Finite Mathematics 
15 




MT4519

Number Theory 
15 




MT4526

Topology 
15 




MT4527

Time Series Analysis

15 




MT4528

Markov Chains and Processes 
15 




MT4530

Population Genetics 
15 




MT4531

Bayesian Inference 
15 




MT4536

Stochastic and Spatial Processes

15 




MT4537

Spatial Statistics 
15 




MT4539

Quantitative Risk Management 
15 




MT4551

Financial Mathematics 
15 




MT4552

Mathematical Biology 1 
15 




MT4553

Theory of Electric and Magnetic Fields

15 




MT4606

Classical Statistical Inference 
15 




MT4607

Generalised Linear Models and Data Analysis

15 




MT4608

Sampling Theory

15 




MT4609

Multivariate Analysis

15 




MT4614

Design of Experiments 
15 




Note:
 Not all modules are available in every academic year and/or semester
 Individual modules may have requisites to satisfy to be eligible to select them
For further details, see the module catalogue entry for each individual module above



Further requirements Choose 120 credits in academic year
PH3074 must be selected if not taken in Year 3 With the approval of the Adviser of Studies modules outwith the range AS3000  AS4999, PH3000  PH4109, ID4001 may be taken. The level 3000 and level 4000 modules taken in this degree as part of the honours programme may include up to a total of 45 credits of MT modules.
In total, at least 330 credits must be achieved at 3000, 4000 and 5000 level with at least 120 of these at 5000.

MPhys (Hons) Physics: Fifth year PHYPHYSS5M_1920



Code 
Module name 
Credits 




PH5101

Physics Project (MPhys) 
60 

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PH5002

Foundations of Quantum Mechanics 
15 




PH5003

Group Theory 
15 




PH5004

Quantum Field Theory 
15 




PH5005

Laser Physics and Design 
15 




PH5011

General Relativity 
15 




PH5012

Quantum Optics 
15 




PH5014

The Interacting Electron Problem in Solids

15 




PH5015

Applications of Quantum Physics 
15 




PH5016

Biophotonics 
15 




PH5023

Monte Carlo Radiation Transport Techniques 
15 




PH5024

Modern Topics in Condensed Matter Physics 
15 




PH5025

Nanophotonics 
15 




PH5026

Supported Study Module 
15 




AS5001

Advanced Data Analysis 
15 




AS5002

Magnetofluids and Space Plasmas 
15 




AS5003

Contemporary Astrophysics 
15 




Note:
 Not all modules are available in every academic year and/or semester
 Individual modules may have requisites to satisfy to be eligible to select them
For further details, see the module catalogue entry for each individual module above



Further requirements Choose 120 credits in academic year
In total, at least 330 credits must be achieved at 3000, 4000 and 5000 level with at least 120 of these at 5000.

Accreditation
All the BSc, MSci, and MPhys single and joint Honours degrees in which Physics or Astrophysics is in the title are accredited by the UK Institute of Physics.
Study abroad
In the case of students who spend part of the Honours programme on a recognised Study Abroad scheme, the Programme Requirements will be amended to take into account overseas courses which are approved by the relevant St Andrews School in the Learning Agreement (see www.standrews.ac.uk/students/studyabroad/academic ).