MPhys Physics with Philosophy

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The Course

The MPhys Physics with Philosophy provides students with the opportunity to develop a large skill set in advanced fundamental and applied physics while equipping students a philosophical understanding of the world we live in and the place we occupy within it.

The School of Mathematics and Physics is dedicated to achieving excellence in research and aims to provide a friendly, approachable culture for students to join.

Students have the opportunity to learn from, and work alongside, our team of academics who can support and encourage them to apply imagination, creativity and rigour to the solution of real-world problems. Individual and group projects during the course are designed to develop valuable transferable skills.

Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree

Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.

It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in independent study.

Calculus (Core)
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Calculus (Core)

This module focuses on the concepts of the derivative and the Riemann integral, which are indispensable in modern sciences.

Two approaches are used: both intuitive-geometric, and mathematically rigorous, based on the definition of continuous limits. Important results are the Mean Value Theorem, leading to the representation of some functions as power series (the Taylor series), and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus which establishes the relationship between differentiation and integration. Further calculus tools are explored, such as the general properties of the derivative and the Riemann integral, as well as the techniques of integration. In this module, students may deal with many 'popular' functions used throughout mathematics.

Computer Algebra and Technical Computing (Core)
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Computer Algebra and Technical Computing (Core)

This module presents an introduction to computer packages for analytic formulas manipulation (computer algebra) and technical computing. Students will also have the opportunity to develop skills including; utilising a logbook as a factual record and as reflective self-assessment to support their learning.

Electricity, Magnetism, Thermal and Quantum Physics (Core)
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Electricity, Magnetism, Thermal and Quantum Physics (Core)

This module presents a core understanding of the main subjects of physics. Students have the opportunity to learn basic concepts of electricity, magnetism, thermal and quantum physics. Students also have the opportunity to develop problem solving skills using this material. This module is the cornerstone for a number of subsequent modules.

Geometrical Optics, Waves and Mechanics (Core)
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Geometrical Optics, Waves and Mechanics (Core)

This module will present an introduction to the fundamentals of waves, geometrical optics and mechanics, including their mathematical foundations.

Introduction to Moral Philosophy (Core)
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Introduction to Moral Philosophy (Core)

This module is designed to introduce students to the three areas of discussion in contemporary moral philosophy. Metaethics is concerned with the nature of morality itself and questions such as ‘Are there moral facts?’, ‘If there are moral facts, what is their origin?’. Normative ethics is the attempt to provide a general theory that tells us how to live and enables us to determine what is morally right and wrong. Applied ethics involves the application of ethical principles to specific moral issues (e.g., abortion, euthanasia, animal rights) and the evaluation of the answers arrived at through this application. This module aims to introduce students to all three of these branches of ethics.

Introduction to Philosophical Logic (Core)
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Introduction to Philosophical Logic (Core)

This module introduces some of the basic ideas and concepts of philosophical logic and the technical vocabulary that is required for understanding contemporary philosophical writing. Students are introduced to logical concepts such as validity, soundness, consistency, possibility, necessity, contingency, inductive and deductive forms of argument, necessary and sufficient conditions, the rudiments of formalisation, and a range of logical fallacies. The emphasis will be on using logic to construct and evaluate arguments.

Laboratory 1 (Core)
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Laboratory 1 (Core)

This module will provide students with the opportunity to learn practical skills needed for physical laboratory experiments.

The module provides a structured introduction to laboratory skills development with particular emphasis on measurement uncertainty. This module explores measurement and estimation followed by techniques in data analysis and presentation of data. Students will also have the opportunity to develop practical skills in a set of experiments which examples may include: basic electronic circuits, pendulum, Hooke's law, heat capacity, lenses.

Linear Algebra (Core)
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Linear Algebra (Core)

This module describes vector spaces and matrices.

Matrices are regarded as representations of linear mappings between vector spaces. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors are introduced, which lead to diagonalization and reduction to other canonical forms. Special types of mappings and matrices (orthogonal, symmetric) are introduced. Applications of linear algebra to geometry of quadratic surfaces are explored.

Condensed Matter Physics (Core)
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Condensed Matter Physics (Core)

This module describes the basic principles of condensed matter physics, which directly relates to the physics of all materials around us.

Differential Equations (Core)
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Differential Equations (Core)

Calculus techniques already provide solutions of simple first-order differential equations. Solution of second-order differential equations can sometimes be achieved by certain manipulations. Students may learn about existence and geometric interpretations of solutions, even when calculus techniques do not yield solutions in a simple form. This is a part of the existence theory of ordinary differential equations and leads to fundamental techniques of the asymptotic and qualitative study of their solutions, including the important question of stability. Fourier series and Fourier transform are introduced.

This module provides an introduction to the classical second-order linear partial differential equations and techniques for their solution. The basic concepts and methods are introduced for typical partial differential equations representing the three classes: parabolic, elliptic, and hyperbolic.

Electrodynamics (Core)
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Electrodynamics (Core)

This module provides an introduction to theory of electromagnetic field. It describes Maxwell's equations and their solutions, including electromagnetic wave, such as light, and its propagation in a media.

Existentialism and Phenomenology (Core)
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Existentialism and Phenomenology (Core)

The aim of this module is to give students a thorough understanding of two intimately related philosophical traditions that came to prominence in the 19th and 20th centuries: existentialism and phenomenology. Each attempts to address the nature and meaning of human existence from the perspective of individual, first-person experience, focusing in particular on fundamental questions of being, meaning, death, nihilism, freedom, responsibility, value, human relations, and religious faith.

The module will examine selected existential themes through the writings of thinkers such as Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre, De Beauvoir, and Camus. Since existentialism is as much a artistic phenomenon as a philosophical one, students will also be given the opportunity to explore existentialist ideas in the works of various literary figures, such as Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, Kafka, and Milan Kundera.

Group Project (Core)
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Group Project (Core)

This module aims to provide students with the experience of working as part of a team on a project.

Students will have the opportunity to produce a set of deliverables relevant to their programme of study. Final deliverables will be negotiated between the group and their supervisor, the module coordinator will be responsible for ensuring that each project covers the learning outcomes of the module. Groups are expected to manage their own processes, and to hold regular meetings both with and without their supervisor. Groups will be allocated by the module coordinator and other members of staff. The process of development of the topic under study and the interaction and management of group members underpins the assessment of skills in the module.

Industrial and Econo-Physics (Core)
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Industrial and Econo-Physics (Core)

This module describes how modern physics is used in everyday industrial practice. Examples used in this module will be aligned with the interests of the university's industrial partners and collaborators. The module also introduces how theoretical apparatus developed initially in physics finds its application in the field of economy.

Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Mechanics (Core)
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Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Mechanics (Core)

The aim of this module is to introduce students to main notions of theoretical mechanics. Students will have the opportunity to learn relevant mathematical techniques and methods.

Philosophy of Science (Core)
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Philosophy of Science (Core)

This module explores a range of philosophical questions relating to the nature of science. How are scientific theories developed? Are scientific theories discovered through a ‘flash of genius’ or is something more methodical involved? How much of scientific discovery is down to careful observation? Do scientific theories tell us how the world really is? Do the entities scientific theories postulate – atoms, electromagnetic waves, and so on – really exist? Or are scientific theories merely useful models of reality? Is science independent of its social context? To what extent is scientific inquiry affected by gender, race or politics? Is there such a thing as truth that is not relative to a particular culture, social class or historical era? Drawing on accessible examples from a variety of scientific fields and by answering these and related questions, we shall try to reach an understanding of how science works.

Contemporary Problems in Philosophy (Core)
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Contemporary Problems in Philosophy (Core)

This module gives students the opportunity to engage with some key issues and contemporary debates in key areas of philosophy, such as epistemological relativism, the nature of consciousness, the nature of causation in science, the nature of the self. The precise topics addressed will vary from year to year and students will have input into the choice of topics. The aim of the module is to explore in-depth some significant contemporary philosophical issues and to enable students to develop and enhance their key philosophical and debating skills.

Fluid Dynamics (Option)
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Fluid Dynamics (Option)

This module gives a mathematical foundation of ideal and viscous fluid dynamics and their application to describing various flows in nature and technology.

Students are taught methods of analysing and solving equations of fluid dynamics using analytic and most modern computational tools.

Methods of Mathematical Physics (Option)
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Methods of Mathematical Physics (Option)

The module aims to equip students with methods to analyse and solve various mathematical equations found in physics and technology.

Newton's Revolution (Option)
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Newton's Revolution (Option)

This module examines some of the philosophical issues raised by the Newtonian revolution in the natural sciences, such as: What is the nature of Newton’s distinction between ‘absolute’ and ‘relative’ space? In what sense can forces be said to exist? What is the ontology of force? Is it sufficient to provide a mathematical definition of force (e.g., f=ma)? Is gravity a special kind of force with its own unique set of properties? What is the nature of ‘action at a distance’? Is Newton’s view of space metaphysical? This is an interdisciplinary module that situates Newtonian science in its sociocultural context.

Physics of the Universe (Core)
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Physics of the Universe (Core)

Using the background knowledge from the previous modules, this module aims to equip students with modern physics understanding of the entire Universe at large - from elementary particles till galaxies and their evolution.

Physics Pedagogy (Option)
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Physics Pedagogy (Option)

This module is designed to provide students with an insight into the teaching of science at secondary school level and does this by combining university lectures with an experience of a placement in a secondary school science department. The module is particularly aimed at those considering a career in science teaching and provides students with an opportunity to engage with cutting edge science education research and will examine how this research impacts directly on classroom practice.

Students will have the opportunity to gain an insight into some of the key ideas in science pedagogy and how these are implemented in the school science lessons and will develop an understanding about the barriers to learning science that many students experience.

Physics Project (Core)
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Physics Project (Core)

In this module the students have the opportunity to conduct modern physics research in a research group of the school, university or an external collaborating establishment.

Quantum Mechanics (Core)
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Quantum Mechanics (Core)

This module provides a rigorous theoretical foundation of quantum physics. Various methods are introduced and examined via application to a set of quantum phenomena. The module aims to provide the core knowledge for understanding of the whole body of modern physics and the world around us.

Statistical Mechanics (Core)
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Statistical Mechanics (Core)

The module will introduce the concepts of statistical mechanics at equilibrium. Students will have the opportunity to learn the methods used to describe systems of a large number of particles.

Advanced Instrumentation (Option)
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Advanced Instrumentation (Option)

The aim of this module is to enhance students’ experimental skills with a range of advanced experimental problems. The module may be conducted at university laboratory facilities or at an external collaborating establishment.

Financial Kinetics (Option)
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Financial Kinetics (Option)

This module brings together the main ideas and methods of the mathematical theory of financial markets. In addition, the methods of practical calculations of volatilities of traded assets from historical data are discussed. The influence of randomness of the interest rate and volatilities on price of options is studied.

Molecular Modelling (Option)
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Molecular Modelling (Option)

This module introduces modern computational techniques for molecular modelling in condensed matter physics.

Nano-Physics (Option)
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Nano-Physics (Option)

This module covers several sub-disciplines of nano-physics from solid state physics till soft matter physics and their interface. Students have the opportunity to gain insights into theoretical and experimental aspects of nano-physics, one of most rapidly developing field of modern physics.

Physics Masters Project (Core)
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Physics Masters Project (Core)

In this module, students have the opportunity to undertake a substantial project under the supervision of a research-active member of staff. Projects can be undertaken at an external collaborating establishment. Students are expected to conduct independent research in modern physics, working in a research group of the school, the university or in an external collaborating establishment.

Reading Module In Philosophy of Physics (Core)
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Reading Module In Philosophy of Physics (Core)

The reading module allows students to acquire knowledge of a particular area of Philosophy of Physics, and develop the skills needed to study Philosophy of Physics in a more independent manner. The module also provides an opportunity for MPhys students to study certain topics in Philosophy of Physics which may not be covered by any regular lecture modules, thus adding to the flexibility of the scheme of studies. Subject areas for proposed reading module will be announced to students, together with an indicative syllabus. The choice offered will depend on the range of other lecture modules available to MPhys students, as well as on the availability of teaching staff with particular areas of Philosophy of Physics, who could be able to act as moderators. The role of the reading module tutor is to provide students with support for their reading, including the setting of Philosophy of Physics questions that are to be addressed.

Theoretical Physics Laboratory (Option)
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Theoretical Physics Laboratory (Option)

The aim of this module is to enhance students’ theoretical skills with a range of advanced theoretical physics problems.

†The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above)..

Methods of Assessment

The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.

Research is a critical part of the academic environment at the University of Lincoln, and as one of our students you can expect to be taught by research academics in the field. Under our “student as producer” initiative you will be expected to contribute to new knowledge yourself. Research will form a part of your study from your first year in a variety of ways such as individual and team projects, and will culminate in the final year project.

Student as Producer

Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.

The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.

The degree is optionally available in a sandwich mode variant. If students choose the sandwich placement option, they take a year out in industry or external research institution (which can be overseas) between years two and three, gaining invaluable practical experience. The option is subject to availability and selection criteria set by the industry or external institution.

Placement Year

When students are on an optional placement in the UK or overseas or studying abroad, they will be required to cover their own transport and accommodation and meals costs. Placements can range from a few weeks to a full year if students choose to undertake an optional sandwich year in industry.

Students are encouraged to obtain placements in industry independently. Tutors may provide support and advice to students who require it during this process.

2018/19 UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £14,700 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2019/20UK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,000 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point†  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


†Please note that not all courses are available as a part-time option.

The University undergraduate tuition fee may increase year on year in line with government policy. This will enable us to continue to provide the best possible educational facilities and student experience.

Fees for enrolment on additional modules

Tuition fees for additional activity are payable by the student/sponsor and charged at the equivalent £ per credit point rate for each module. Additional activity includes:

- Enrolment on modules that are in addition to the validated programme curriculum

- Enrolment on modules that are over and above the full credit diet for the relevant academic year

- Retakes of modules as permitted by the Board of Examiners

Exceptionally tuition fees may not be payable where a student has been granted a retake with approved extenuating circumstances.

For more information and for details about funding your study, please see our UK/EU Fees & Funding pages or our International funding and scholarship pages. [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studyatlincoln/undergraduatecourses/feesandfunding/] [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/international/feesandfunding/]

Additional Costs

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Where there may be exceptions to this general rule, information will be displayed in a section titled Other Costs below.

GCE Advanced Levels: BBB, to include a grade B from both A Level Maths and Physics.

International Baccalaureate: 30 points overall, with Higher Level Grade 5 in Maths and Physics.

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science or Engineering accepted: Distinction, Distinction, Merit plus a B in A Level Maths.

Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Science subject accepted: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits at merit or above will be required, to include 15 credits at Merit in Physics, and 15 credits at merit in Maths.

We will also consider extensive, relevant work experience.

In addition, applicants must have at least 3 GCSEs at grade C or above in English, Maths and Science. Level 2 equivalent qualifications such as BTEC First Certificates and Level 2 Functional Skills will be considered.

If you would like further information about entry requirements, or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email admissions@lincoln.ac.uk.

Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.


Your Future Career

Physics with Philosophy graduates may be well placed for careers in research and development, process control and regulatory roles in organisations around the world. Some may go on to roles in education or to further study at postgraduate level.

Careers Service

The University Careers and Employability Team offer qualified advisors who can work with students to provide tailored, individual support and careers advice during their time at the University. As a member of our alumni we also offer one-to-one support in the first year after completing a course, including access to events, vacancy information and website resources; with access to online vacancies and virtual resources for the following two years.

This service can include one-to-one coaching, CV advice and interview preparation to help you maximise our graduates future opportunities.

The service works closely with local, national and international employers, acting as a gateway to the business world.

Visit our Careers Service pages for further information http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/studentsupport/careersservice/.


Facilities

The School of Mathematics and Physics forms part of the new Isaac Newton Building, which comprises additional spaces such as workshops and computer laboratories. The School also hosts its own supercomputer.

At Lincoln, we constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our undergraduates. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Students also make the most of the University's award-winning Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides access to more than 250,000 printed books and over 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.


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