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Physics and Astronomy

An opportunity to study as an Affiliate at UCL, located in central London, in a physics and astronomy department highly rated for both teaching and research.

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Physics and Astronomy

Why study Physics and Astronomy at UCL?

UCL Physics & Astronomy has a strong commitment to teaching and research and is highly rated worldwide. Teaching facilities are top class for both physics and astronomy, the latter using our well-equipped observatory sited at Mill Hill in North London. Many of the teachers you will encounter are working at the forefront of their chosen research fields.

What you will gain from study at UCL

Our modules will help you to develop new skills in physics or astronomy and, in some cases, you will experience interaction with other disciplines such as Earth sciences and space science. For the more advanced student, project work can be undertaken which may allow you to work with a supervisor from one of our top-rated research groups.

Teaching and assessment

We teach by lectures, problem class/discussion and laboratory class as appropriate to the module. Assessment is by examination and 'In Course Assessments' (ICAs) in Level 1 and 2 modules and by examination and coursework in Level 3 and 4 modules. Laboratory modules are continuously assessed.

Modules in Physics and Astronomy

Please note that this guide lists a range of popular modules offered in 2018/19 as a representative sample. It is not exhaustive, and since the guide is published ahead of time, module options may have changed, been deleted or replaced. If you have very specific study needs or require confirmation of module availability for 2019/20, you are strongly advised to get in touch with the relevant Affiliate contact, listed on this subject page, before making an application.

Level 1 (FHEQ 4) modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
PHAS0002 Mathematical Methods 1 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0003 Practical Skills 1A 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0004 Atoms, Stars and the Universe 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0005 Waves, Optics and Acoustics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0006 Thermal Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0007 Practical Skills 1C 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0008 Practical Skills 1P 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0009 Mathematical Methods 2 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0010 Classical Mechanics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0012 Practical Mathematics 1 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)

Level 2 (FHEQ 5) modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
PHAS0018 Astrophysical Processes: Nebulae to Stars 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0019 Physics of the Solar System 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0020 Practical Astrophysics 2A 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0021 Electricity and Magnetism 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0022 Quantum Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0023 Atomic and Molecular Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0024 Statistical Physics of Matter 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0025 Mathematical Methods 3 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0026 Mathematical Methods for Theoretical Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0027 Environmental Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0028 Practical Physics 2A 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0029 Practical Physics and Computing 2 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0030 Further Practical Mathematics and Computing 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)

Level 3 (FHEQ 6) modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
PHAS0036 The Physics of Stars 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0037 Physical Cosmology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0038 Electromagnetic Theory 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0040 Nuclear and Particle Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0041 Solid State Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0042 Quantum Mechanics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0043 Observational Astronomy 1 - Technique 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0044 Observational Astronomy 2 - Applications 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0046 Interstellar Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0047 Astronomical Spectroscopy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0048 Physics Project BSc 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 15/30 (FHEQ)
PHAS0049 Theory of Dynamical Systems 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0050 Climate and Energy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0051 Experimental Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0052 Group Project 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0053 Lasers and Modern Optics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0055 Materials and Nanomaterials 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0056 Scientific Programming Using Object-Oriented Languages 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0057 Physics of the Earth 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)

Level 4 (FHEQ 7) modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
PHAS0063 Planetary Atmospheres 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0064 Solar Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0065 Galaxy Dynamics, Formation and Evolution 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0067 Advanced Physical Cosmology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0069 Advanced Quantum Theory 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0070 Quantum Computation and Communication 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0072 Particle Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0074 Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0075 Order and Excitations in Condensed Matter 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0096 Astrophysics Project 12 (US) 22.5 (ECTS) 45 (FHEQ)
PHAS0097 Physics Project 12 (US) 22.5 (ECTS) 45 (FHEQ)
PHAS0098 High Energy Astrophysics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0099 Molecular Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0103 Molecular Biophysics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)
PHAS0105 Atom and Photon Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 15 (FHEQ)

Contact details

Name
Dr Mario Campanelli
Email
m.campanelli@ucl.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)20 7679 3453 (Oct-Dec)
Name
Dr Mario Campanelli
Telephone
+41 (0)22 7672 340 (Jan-Sept)
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