PHS4020 - Physics coursework A - 2019

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate, Postgraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

School of Physics and Astronomy

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Michael J Morgan


Professor Michael J Morgan

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Enrolment in the Master of Science


The unit is offered in a non-standard teaching period.


Students undertake studies in three selected topics in Physics or related fields, which provide the foundational basis for contemporary Physics.

These develop expertise in theoretical and computational physics, data analysis and the skills required to effectively communicate their findings using contemporary communication tools. The three topics are chosen from:

Quantum mechanics (compulsory)

Foundations of general relativity and cosmology.

Condensed matter physics - Part A

Classical electrodynamics and field theory

Introduction to quantum information theory

Techniques in experimental physics

NB: Subject to approval by the Chief Examiner, one of the topics in PHS4020 may be replaced by a topic from ASP4020.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of essential aspects of experimental physics, theoretical and computational physics, and related disciplines.
  2. Develop skills in theoretical and computational physics that are integral to the study of contemporary physics.
  3. Synthesise and interpret knowledge in theoretical and experimental physics.
  4. Use contemporary technologies to gather and analyse data relating to specialist topics in Physics.
  5. Propose solutions to problems in theoretical and experimental physics, and communicate these to a wide audience.


Examinations (2 hours): 50%

Tests: 20%

Assignments: 30%

Workload requirements

24 hours per week

  • 3 x three hours lectures/workshops/tutorials per week
  • Three hours of consultation and online discussions involving peers and staff
  • 12 hours of independent study per week.

See also Unit timetable information

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Master of Science in Physics