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Physics and Astronomy

The opportunity to study as an Affiliate at UCL, sited in central London, in a physics and astronomy department highly rated for both teaching and research, is one which is not easily ignored.

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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 wide range of popular module options, but it is not exhaustive and some modules may have changed or no longer be available. If you have a particular interest or academic requirement you are advised to cross reference the listing in the online Study Abroad Guide with that on the relevant departmental pages, and to contact the department to make sure that an appropriate module is available.

Level 1 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
PHAS1130 Practical Skills 1A 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS1202 Atoms, Stars and the Universe 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS1224 Waves, Optics and Acoustics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS1228 Thermal Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS1240 Practical Skills 1C 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS1241 Practical Skills 1P 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS1245 Mathematical Methods 1 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS1246 Mathematical Methods 2 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS1247 Classical Mechanics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS1449 Practical Mathematics 1 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 2 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
PHAS2112 Astrophysical Processes: Nebulae to Stars 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS2117 Physics of the Solar System 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS2130 Practical Astrophysics 2A 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS2201 Electricity and Magnetism 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS2222 Quantum Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS2224 Atomic and Molecular Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS2228 Statistical Thermodynamics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS2246 Mathematical Methods 3 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS2423 Mathematical Methods for Theoretical Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS2427 Environmental Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS2440 Practical Physics 2A 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS2441 Practical Physics 2B 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS2443 Practical Mathematics 2 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 3 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
PHAS3135 The Physics of Stars 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS3137 Physical Cosmology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS3201 Electromagnetic Theory 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS3224 Nuclear and Particle Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS3225 Solid State Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS3226 Quantum Mechanics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS3330 Observational Astronomy 1 - Technique 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS3331 Observational Astronomy 2 - Applications 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS3334 Interstellar Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS3338 Astronomical Spectroscopy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS3400 Physics Project BSc 4/8 (US) 7.5/15 (ECTS) 0.5/1 (CU)
PHAS3424 Theory of Dynamical Systems 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS3427 Climate and Energy 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS3440 Experimental Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS3441 Group Project 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS3443 Lasers and Modern Optics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS3447 Materials and Nanomaterials 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS3459 Scientific Programming Using Object-Oriented Languages 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHAS3661 Physics of the Earth 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Level 4 modules

Module code Title US credits ECTS credits CU credits
PHASM101 Astrophysics Project 12 (US) 22.5 (ECTS) 1.5 (CU)
PHASM201 Physics Project 12 (US) 22.5 (ECTS) 1.5 (CU)
PHASM312 Planetary Atmospheres 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHASM314 Solar Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHASM315 High Energy Astrophysics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHASM319 Formation and Evolution of Stellar Systems 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHASM336 Advanced Physical Cosmology 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHASM421 Atom and Photon Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHASM426 Advanced Quantum Theory 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHASM427 Quantum Computation and Communication 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHASM431 Molecular Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHASM442 Particle Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHASM465 Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHASM472 Order and Excitations in Condensed Matter 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)
PHASM800 Molecular Biophysics 4 (US) 7.5 (ECTS) 0.5 (CU)

Contact details

Professor Ruben Saakyan
+44 (0)20 7679 3049
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