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BSc (Hons)

BSc (Hons)

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3-4 Years School of Mathematics and Physics Lincoln Campus [L] Validated BBC (or equivalent qualifications) F300 3-4 Years School of Mathematics and Physics Lincoln Campus [L] Validated BBC (112 UCAS Tariff points) (or equivalent qualifications) F300

Introduction

The BSc (Hons) Physics degree at Lincoln combines fundamental and applied physics with rigorous mathematics and computational training. It aims to provide broad problem-solving skills and includes substantial research.

Physics is a fundamental science, which aims to develop our understanding of the world around us, from far away galaxies to the smallest particles. Physics challenges our thinking and changes our lives through developments in new technologies.

The degree includes a combination of compulsory and elective modules as well as project work.

Accreditations

This programme is recognised by the Institute of Physics.

How You Study

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.

The course is taught via lectures, problem solving classes, computer based classes and seminars. There is an average of 12 hours of contact study per week (additional student-managed independent study is required).

In the first year you have the chance to benefit from an additional three hours per week of problem solving tutorials. In addition, the School of Mathematics and Physics runs a tutor system for first year students, providing one hour weekly tutor sessions in small groups.

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of a degree. When engaging in a full-time degree students should, at the very least, expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time (including independent study) in addition to potentially undertaking assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

On each of our course pages you can find information on typical contact hours, modes of delivery and a breakdown of assessment methods. Where available, you will also be able to access a link to Unistats.com, where the latest data on student satisfaction and employability outcomes can be found.

How You Are Assessed

The course is assessed through a variety of means, including tests, course work, examinations, written reports and oral presentations.

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 will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

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

Staff

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

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Mathematics and Physics Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2017-18

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC, including a grade B from A Levels Physics and Maths.

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall, with 5 points at Higher Level in Physics and Maths.

In addition, applicants must have at least 3 GCSEs (or the equivalent) at grade C or above, to include Maths and English.

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.

Level 1

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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.

Probability and Statistics (Core)

This module begins with an introduction of a probability space, which models the possible outcomes of a random experiment. Basic concepts such as statistical independence and conditional probability are introduced, with various practical examples used as illustrations. Random variables are introduced, and certain well-known probability distributions are explored.

Further study includes discrete distributions, independence of random variables, mathematical expectation, random vectors, covariance and correlation, conditional distributions and the law of total expectation. The ideas developed for discrete distributions are applied to continuous distributions.

Probability theory is a basis of mathematical statistics, which has so many important applications in science, industry, government and commerce. Students will have the opportunity to gain a basic understanding of statistics and its tools. It is important that these tools are used correctly when, for example, the full picture of a problem (population) must be inferred from collected data (random sample).

Professional Skills and Group Study (Core)

This module provides students the opportunity to learn a variety of transferable skills: to communicate scientific ideas via a variety of media, to work in groups, to manage and plan projects, to keep record of work.

Students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of general and specialized databases, their uses and searches. Group study can develop Students' skills in team-working around investigating a topic from literature. Students have the opportunity to take on administrative roles within the team and work towards common aims and objectives.

Level 2

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)

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)

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.

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)

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.

Laboratory 2 (Core)

This module builds on level 1 Laboratory 1 module.
It provides students with a broad experience in mastering a range of more complex experimental techniques and offers the opportunity to develop skills in data collection and analysis.

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.

Scientific Computing (Core)

Students will have the opportunity to utilise computers for the numerical solution and simulation of models of physical and mathematical systems, including the use of computer procedural programming languages to solve computational problems.

Numerical algorithms will be introduced to exemplify key concepts in computational programming, with the emphasis on understanding the nature of the algorithm and the features and limitations of its computational implementation. In creating programs, the emphasis will be on using effective programming techniques and on efficient debugging, testing and validation methods. Students may also develop skills at using a logbook as a factual record and as reflective self-assessment to support their learning.

Level 3

Advanced Topics of Physics and Physics Seminar (Core)

The module will cover several advanced topics of modern physics. The choice of the topics will be governed by the current research interests of academic staff and/or visiting scientists.

Students may also participate in physics research seminars.

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)

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

Numerical Methods (Core)

The module aims to equip students with knowledge of various numerical methods for solving applied mathematics problems, their algorithms and implementation in programming languages.

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

†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.

Special Features

Research is a critical part of the academic environment at the University of Lincoln. Under our “student as producer” initiative (see below) 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.

Placements

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.

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.

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.

Facilities

The University is developing new purpose-designed facilities for the School of Mathematics and Physics at the heart of its Brayford Pool campus.

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.

View our campus pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus/] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

Physics graduates are 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/]

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.

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Introduction

The BSc (Hons) Physics degree at Lincoln combines fundamental and applied physics with rigorous mathematics and computational training. It aims to provide broad problem-solving skills and includes substantial research training.

Physics is a fundamental science, which aims to develop our understanding of the world around us, from far away galaxies to the smallest particles. Physics challenges our thinking and changes our lives through developments in new technologies.

The degree includes a combination of compulsory and elective modules as well as project work.

Accreditations

This programme is recognised by the Institute of Physics.

How You Study

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.

The Physics programme combines theory with practical laboratory work and substantial research training. Throughout the course, there are extensive opportunities for students to hone practical skills in preparation for a career in a variety of sectors. The programme includes a combination of compulsory and elective modules covering all components of core physics, as defined by the UK Institute of Physics (IOP).

The course is taught via lectures, problem solving classes, computer based classes and seminars. There is an average of 12 hours of contact study per week (additional student-managed independent study is required).

In the first year you have the chance to benefit from an additional three hours per week of problem solving tutorials. In addition, the School of Mathematics and Physics runs a tutor system for first year students, providing one hour weekly tutor sessions in small groups.

Contact Hours

Level 1:

At level one students will typically have around 20 hours of contact time per week. A typical week may consist of:

  • 11 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 1 hour of tutorial time
  • 8 hours in lectures


Level 2:

At level two students will typically have around 17 hours of contact time per week. A typical week may consist of:

  • 1 hour of external visits
  • 8 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 1 hour of project supervision
  • 7 hours in lectures


Level 3:

At level three students will typically have around 15 hours of contact time per week. A typical week may consist of:

  • 3 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 1 hour of project supervision
  • 3 hours of tutorial time
  • 1 hour in seminars
  • 7 hours in lectures


Overall Workload and Independent Study

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. Students’ overall workload will consist of their scheduled contact hours combined with independent study. The expected level of independent study is detailed below.

Level 1:

  • Total scheduled teaching and learning hours: 453
  • Percentage scheduled teaching and learning hours: 38%
  • Percentage of independent study expected: 62%


Level 2:

  • Total scheduled teaching and learning hours: 389
  • Percentage scheduled teaching and learning hours: 32%
  • Percentage of independent study expected: 68%


Level 3:

  • Total scheduled teaching and learning hours: 254
  • Percentage scheduled teaching and learning hours: 21%
  • Percentage of independent study expected: 79%

Contact Hours and Independent Study

Contact hours may vary for each year of a degree. When engaging in a full-time degree students should, at the very least, expect to undertake a minimum of 37 hours of study each week during term time (including independent study) in addition to potentially undertaking assignments outside of term time. The composition and delivery for the course breaks down differently for each module and may include lectures, seminars, workshops, independent study, practicals, work placements, research and one-to-one learning.

University-level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars. As a general guide, for every hour in class students are expected to spend two - three hours in independent study.

On each of our course pages you can find information on typical contact hours, modes of delivery and a breakdown of assessment methods. Where available, you will also be able to access a link to Unistats.com, where the latest data on student satisfaction and employability outcomes can be found.

How You Are Assessed

The course is assessed through a variety of means, including tests, course work, examinations, written reports and oral presentations.

Level 1:

Coursework: 65%
Practical exams: 0%
Written exams: 35%

Level 2:

Coursework: 70%
Practical exams: 0%
Written exams: 30%

Level 3:

Coursework: 76%
Practical exams: 0%
Written exams: 24%

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 will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples.

For a breakdown of assessment methods used on this course and student satisfaction, please visit the Unistats website, using the link at the bottom of this page.

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

Staff

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

For a comprehensive list of teaching staff, please see our School of Mathematics and Physics Staff Pages.

Entry Requirements 2018-19

GCE Advanced Levels: BBC, including a grade B from A Levels Physics and Maths.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass to include a grade B from A Level Maths and Physics.

International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall, with 5 points at Higher Level in Physics and Maths.

Access to Higher Education Diploma: A minimum of 45 level 3 credits to include 30 at merit or above. To include 15 credits at Merit in Physics, and 15 credits at merit in Maths.

In addition, applicants must have at least 3 GCSEs (or the equivalent) at grade C or above, to include Maths and English.

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.

Level 1

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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.

Probability and Statistics (Core)

This module begins with an introduction of a probability space, which models the possible outcomes of a random experiment. Basic concepts such as statistical independence and conditional probability are introduced, with various practical examples used as illustrations. Random variables are introduced, and certain well-known probability distributions are explored.

Further study includes discrete distributions, independence of random variables, mathematical expectation, random vectors, covariance and correlation, conditional distributions and the law of total expectation. The ideas developed for discrete distributions are applied to continuous distributions.

Probability theory is a basis of mathematical statistics, which has so many important applications in science, industry, government and commerce. Students will have the opportunity to gain a basic understanding of statistics and its tools. It is important that these tools are used correctly when, for example, the full picture of a problem (population) must be inferred from collected data (random sample).

Professional Skills and Group Study (Core)

This module provides students the opportunity to learn a variety of transferable skills: to communicate scientific ideas via a variety of media, to work in groups, to manage and plan projects, to keep record of work.

Students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of general and specialized databases, their uses and searches. Group study can develop Students' skills in team-working around investigating a topic from literature. Students have the opportunity to take on administrative roles within the team and work towards common aims and objectives.

Level 2

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)

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)

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.

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)

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.

Laboratory 2 (Core)

This module builds on level 1 Laboratory 1 module.
It provides students with a broad experience in mastering a range of more complex experimental techniques and offers the opportunity to develop skills in data collection and analysis.

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.

Scientific Computing (Core)

Students will have the opportunity to utilise computers for the numerical solution and simulation of models of physical and mathematical systems, including the use of computer procedural programming languages to solve computational problems.

Numerical algorithms will be introduced to exemplify key concepts in computational programming, with the emphasis on understanding the nature of the algorithm and the features and limitations of its computational implementation. In creating programs, the emphasis will be on using effective programming techniques and on efficient debugging, testing and validation methods. Students may also develop skills at using a logbook as a factual record and as reflective self-assessment to support their learning.

Level 3

Advanced Topics of Physics and Physics Seminar (Core)

The module will cover several advanced topics of modern physics. The choice of the topics will be governed by the current research interests of academic staff and/or visiting scientists.

Students may also participate in physics research seminars.

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)

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

Numerical Methods (Core)

The module aims to equip students with knowledge of various numerical methods for solving applied mathematics problems, their algorithms and implementation in programming languages.

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

†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.

Special Features

Research is a critical part of the academic environment at the University of Lincoln. 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.

Placements

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.

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.

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.

Facilities

The School of Mathematics and Physics is based in the new Isaac Newton Building, in which the University has invested £28 million. The new facility promotes education and research collaboration with the School of Engineering and the School of Computer Science. Physics students also have access to advanced materials characterisation techniques such as electron microscopy and X-ray diffractometry in the Joseph Banks Laboratories.

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.

View our campus pages [www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/campuslife/ourcampus/] to learn more about our teaching and learning facilities.

Career Opportunities

Physics graduates are 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/]

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.

Related Courses

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Electrical engineering is essential to the modern world, encompassing everything from energy and automation through to communications and transport. The MEng (Hons) Electrical Engineering programme is designed to equip students with the skills to succeed as the engineers of the future.
This research-informed BSc (Hons) Mathematics degree aims to provide a fundamental education in the fascinating field of mathematics, including pure and applied mathematics. Students have opportunities to work alongside academic staff on challenging projects, which could contribute to academic research or collaboration with industry.
The BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Physics degree aims to provide a broad education in mathematics, including pure and applied mathematics, allowing you to prepare for a range of career options, as well as combining this with fundamental and applied physics. Along with problem-solving skills and computational training, this degree aims to provide you with a well-rounded experience.
This MMath Mathematics and Physics degree aims to provide a broad education in mathematics, including pure and applied mathematics, allowing you to prepare for a range of career options, as well as combining this with fundamental and applied physics. Along with problem-solving skills and computational training, this degree aims to provide you with a well-rounded experience.
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The MEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering degree at Lincoln aims to produce graduates who are highly skilled, creative engineers who can adapt to new challenges and deliver sustainable solutions for modern society. As a student in Mechanical Engineering, you will study core mechanical engineering subjects and specialise in the design and analysis of advanced mechanical and energy systems.
The MPhys Physics degree at Lincoln combines fundamental and applied physics with rigorous mathematics and computational training. It aims to develop broad problem-solving skills and includes a substantial research component.

Tuition Fees

2017/18 EntryUK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £14,500 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt

 

2018/19 EntryUK/EUInternational
Full-time £9,250 per level £15,600 per level
Part-time £77.00 per credit point  N/A
Placement (optional) Exempt Exempt


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.

In 2017/18, fees for all new and continuing undergraduate UK and EU students will be £9,250.

In 2018/19, fees may increase in line with Government Policy. We will update this information when fees for 2018/19 are finalised.

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

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/]

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions [www.lincoln.ac.uk/StudentAdmissionsTermsandConditions].