BSc Physics

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Physics at UEA is a multi-faceted discipline, covering themes as diverse as quantum physics, fluid mechanics, geophysics and chemical physics. Our courses bring together expertise from across the Faculty of Science to deliver exciting, diverse and cutting-edge teaching, backed by pioneering research.

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Back in the 1950s, when computers could just about play chess, some of the very first physics simulations were run. The scientists who ran them raised fundamental questions that are only just being answered today – using the most advanced computers in the world.

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Scientists at UEA have discovered a new mechanism involved in the creation of paired light particles, which could have significant impact on the study of quantum physics.

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UEA scientists are measuring some of the fastest processes on the planet to determine the effect that light has on proteins in living organisms, and the resulting structural changes that activate genetic switches.

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What’s really happening beneath our feet? Physicists and Environmental Scientists at UEA are using ingenious methods to work out exactly what’s flowing under the Earth’s surface, helping us to better understand earthquakes, volcanoes and the complex engine at the heart of our dynamic planet.

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Physics is the most fundamental science, answering the most far-reaching and fascinating questions we can pose. Study with us and question everything – from the physics of our planet to the quantum universe.

- Study in a multidisciplinary faculty with a thriving research community, specialising in geophysics, fluid mechanics, chemical physics and quantum physics.
- Gain transferable skills highly sought after by employers – from problem-solving and project work, to communication and technical expertise.
- Take advantage of top-class facilities, including spectroscopy and ultrafast laser equipment, high-tech geophysics apparatus and experimental wave tanks.
- Tailor your degree with a huge range of optional modules.

Overview

Physics is concerned with the most fundamental questions about nature and reality. It’s an inspiring subject that teaches both abstract, creative reasoning and practical, applied knowledge – you can investigate the nature of matter and the origins of the Universe, while researching the movement of ocean waves and learning about the mechanics of sound.

Thanks to the diversity and fundamental importance of physics, it’s not only a fascinating discipline but a highly regarded qualification. You’ll learn a huge range of transferable skills – in maths, communication and teamwork – and get the chance to develop practical professional skills in areas like academic research, engineering and computing.

By studying physics at UEA you’ll develop a deep curiosity about the workings of our Universe, gain powerful scientific skills to employ in a huge range of areas, and leave as one of the most employable graduates in the country.

Recognised by the Institute of Physics

The Institute of Physics has granted recognition status to our BSc Physics and MPhys Physics degrees starting 2017.  Recognition status can be awarded by the Institute to degrees which are too new to meet all the criteria for accreditation, but which satisfy the majority of criteria and contain at least 120 credits of core physics content.  Students graduating from a recognised physics degree are eligible to become members of the Institute later in their careers.

Dr Martin Loftus, the Physics Course Director, said “It is great to get such recognition of our new Physics degrees in place just as we embark on this new and exciting venture. We are looking forward to our first cohort of physics students in 2017”.

What you’ll learn

This BSc combines a fundamental grounding in core physics topics with a range of optional modules in applied fields. We’ve got a particularly strong research current in environmental sciences and physics, giving you the chance to study modules in solid earth geophysics, meteorology and oceanography at the same time as more pure physics topics like relativity, astrophysics and quantum mechanics.

You can also focus on areas connected to computing and mathematics like electronics, mathematical modelling, fluid dynamics or statistical mechanics, as well as chemistry-based topics like thermodynamics, spectroscopy or chemical physics.

We are an integral partner of the Norwich Research Park, which is also home to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, and four independent world-renowned research institutes – the John Innes Centre, Institute of Food Research, The Sainsbury Laboratory and The Earlham Institute. As well as housing over 40 science and technology based businesses, the Norwich Research Park exposes our students to cutting-edge developments in science. 

Find out more about our research at www.uea.ac.uk/brilliant

Course Structure

This three-year degree introduces you to many of the major themes in physics in your first year, before delivering more advanced teaching in the second and third years that will allow you to specialise in a particular field. The course culminates in a final year project that gives you the chance to research a specific topic of your choice.

First Year

Your first year will consist of six compulsory modules that give you a strong grounding in a wide range of topics. You’ll be introduced to key physics concepts, start developing crucial mathematical skills, and learn about some of the scientific fields that these skills can be applied to. Modules cover topics including light, atoms, molecules, spectroscopy, the dynamic planet and astrophysics.

Second Year

The second year enables you to start selecting compulsory modules that suit your interests. You’ll build on what you’ve learnt in the previous year with teaching in intermediate physics topics, mathematics for scientists, quantum mechanics and molecular structure. You’ll also be introduced to physical chemistry and pick from optional modules that cover electronics, oceanography, meteorology, geophysics, special relativity and renewable energy.

Third Year

Your final year is hugely customisable, with a huge range of modules to choose from, although dominated by an independent research project that will enable you to work on a real problem in Physics with an expert supervisor. You’ll also receive training in advanced physics topics and laboratory skills.

Course Modules 2017/8

Students must study the following modules for 120 credits:

Name Code Credits

ASTROPHYSICS,ACOUSTICS AND ADDITIONAL SKILLS

This module explores the physics behind the generation and reception of music, introduces the fundamental principles of astrophysics and uses them to explain a variety of astrophysical phenomena and introduces the topics of uncertainties, accuracy and ethical behaviour in physics.

PHY-4002Y

20

ELECTROMAGNETISM, OPTICS, RELATIVITY AND QUANTUM MECHANICS

This module gives an introduction to important topics in physics, with particular, but not exclusive, relevance to chemical and molecular physics. Areas covered include optics, electrostatics and magnetism and special relativity. The module may be taken by any science students who wish to study physics beyond A Level.

PHY-4001Y

20

LIGHT, ATOMS AND MOLECULES

This module introduces students to the major areas of classical physical chemistry: chemical kinetics, chemical thermodynamics, electrolyte solutions and electrochemistry as well as spectroscopy. Chemical kinetics will consider the kinetic theory of gasses and then rate processes, and in particular with the rates of chemical reactions taking place either in the gas phase or in solution. The appropriate theoretical basis for understanding rate measurements will be developed during the course, which will include considerations of the order of reaction, the Arrhenius equation and determination of rate constants. Thermodynamics deals with energy relationships in large assemblies, that is those systems which contain sufficient numbers of molecules for 'bulk' properties to be exhibited and which, are in a state of equilibrium. Properties discussed will include the heat content or enthalpy (H), heat capacity (Cp, Cv), internal energy (U), heat and work. The First Law of Thermodynamics will be introduced and its significance explained in the context of chemical reactions. It is very important that chemists have an understanding of the behaviour of ions in solution, which includes conductivity and ionic mobility. The interaction of radiation with matter is termed spectroscopy. Three main topics will be discussed: (i) ultraviolet/visible (UV / Vis) spectroscopy, in which electrons are moved from one orbital to another orbital; (ii) infrared (vibrational) spectroscopy, a technique which provides chemists with important information on the variety of bond types that a molecule can possess; (iii) nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), which allow chemists to identify 'molecular skeletons'.

CHE-4202Y

20

MATHEMATICS FOR SCIENTISTS A

This module covers differentiation, integration, vectors, partial differentiation, ordinary differential equations, further integrals, power series expansions, complex numbers and statistical methods. In addition to the theoretical background there is an emphasis on applied examples. Previous knowledge of calculus is assumed. This module is the first in a series of three maths modules for students across the Faculty of Science that provide a solid undergraduate mathematical training. The follow-on modules are Mathematics for Scientists B and C.

ENV-4015Y

20

PROBABILITY AND MECHANICS

(a) Probability. Probability as a measurement of uncertainty, statistical experiments and Bayes' theorem. Discrete and continuous distributions. Expectation. Applications of probability: Markov chains, reliability theory. (b) Mechanics. Discussion of Newton's laws of motion. Particle dynamics. Orbits. Conservation laws.

MTHB4007B

20

UNDERSTANDING THE DYNAMIC PLANET

Understanding of natural systems is underpinned by physical laws and processes. This module explores energy, mechanics, physical properties of Earth materials and their relevance to environmental science using examples from across the Earth's differing systems. The formation, subsequent evolution and current state of our planet are considered through its structure and behaviour - from the planetary interior to the dynamic surface and into the atmosphere. Plate Tectonics is studied to explain Earth's physiographic features - such as mountain belts and volcanoes - and how the processes of erosion and deposition modify them. The distribution of land masses is tied to global patterns of rock, ice and soil distribution and to atmospheric and ocean circulation. We also explore geological time - the 4.6 billion year record of changing conditions on the planet - and how geological maps can used to understand Earth history. This course provides an introduction to geological materials - rocks, minerals and sediments - and to geological resources and natural hazards.

ENV-4005A

20

Students must study the following modules for 100 credits:

Name Code Credits

HEAT, ATOMS AND MOLECULES

Fundamental aspects of thermodynamics and condensed matter physics will be covered. Ideas about the electronic structure based on the free-electron Sommerfeld and band theories will be introduced along with the concept of phonons and their contribution to the heat capacity of a solid. Entropy will be considered in terms of a macroscopic Carnot cycle and the statistical approach. Two important distributions of particles will be treated; Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac. Changes of state, 1st and 2nd order phase transitions and the Clausius-Clapeyron equation will be descibed.

PHY-5001Y

20

INTERMEDIATE TOPICS AND LABORATORY IN PHYSICS

PHY-5002Y

20

MATHEMATICS FOR SCIENTISTS B

This module is the second in a series of three mathematical modules for students across the Faculty of Science. It covers vector calculus (used in the study of vector fields in subjects such as fluid dynamics and electromagnetism), time series and spectral analysis (a highly adaptable and useful mathematical technique in many science fields, including data analysis), and fluid dynamics (which has applications to the circulation of the atmosphere, ocean, interior of the Earth, chemical engineering, and biology). There is a continuing emphasis on applied examples.

MTHB5006A

20

MATHEMATICS FOR SCIENTISTS C

MTHB5007B

20

QUANTUM THEORY AND SYMMETRY

This course covers the foundation and basics of quantum theory and symmetry, starting with features of the quantum world and including elements of quantum chemistry, group theory, computer-based methods for calculating molecular wavefunctions, quantum information, and the quantum nature of light. The subject matter paves the way for applications to a variety of chemical and physical systems - in particular, processes and properties involving the electronic structure of atoms and molecules.

CHE-5250Y

20

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Please ensure that your chosen modules from each Option Range do not have the same Sub-Slot code, as this will generate timetable clashes.

Name Code Credits

APPLIED GEOPHYSICS

What lies beneath our feet? This module addresses this question by exploring how wavefields and potential fields are used in geophysics to image the subsurface on scales of metres to kilometres. The basic theory, data acquisition and interpretation methods of seismic, electrical, gravity and magnetic surveys are studied. A wide range of applications is covered including archaeological geophysics, energy resources and geohazards. This module is highly valued by employers in industry; guest industrial lecturers will cover the current 'state-of-the-art' applications in real world situations. Students doing this module are normally expected to have a good mathematical ability, notably in calculus and algebra before taking this module (ENV-4015Y Mathematics for Scientists A or equivalent).

ENV-5004B

20

APPLIED GEOPHYSICS WITH FIELDCOURSE

What lies beneath our feet? This module addresses this question by exploring how waves, rays and the various physical techniques are used in geophysics to image the subsurface on scales of meters to kilometres. The basic theory and interpretation methods of seismic, electrical and gravity and magnetic surveys are studied. A wide range of applications is covered including archaeological geophysics, energy resources and geohazards. The fieldcourse provides "hands-on" experience of the various techniques and applications, adding on valuable practical skills. This module is highly valued by employers in industry; guest industrial lecturers will cover the current 'state-of-the-art' applications in real world situations. Students doing this module are normally expected to have a good mathematical ability, notably in calculus and algebra before taking this module (ENV-4015Y Mathematics for Scientists A or equivalent). RESIDENTIAL FIELDCOURSE: This module includes a one-week fieldcourse and is presently held in the Lake District during the Easter break. There will be a charge for attending this field course. The cost is heavily subsidised by the School, but students enrolling must understand that they will commit to paying a sum to cover attendance. As the details of many modules and field courses have changed recently, the following figures should be viewed as ball-park estimates only. If you would like firmer data please consult the module organiser closer to the field course. The cost to the student will be on the order of GBP150.

ENV-5005K

20

DYNAMICS AND VIBRATION

The introductory material from first year engineering mechanics is developed. An appreciation of why dynamics and vibration are important for engineering designers leads to consideration of Single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) systems, Equation of motion, free vibration analysis, Natural frequency, undamped and damped systems and loading. Fourier series expansion and modal analysis are applied to vibration concepts: eigenfrequency, resonance, beats, critical, undercritical and overcritical damping, and transfer function. Introduction to multi-degree of freedom (MDOF) systems. Applications to beams and cantilevers. MathCAD will be used to support learning.

ENG-5004B

20

GLOBAL TECTONICS

Processes in the Earth's interior have exerted a profound influence on all aspects of the Earth's system through geological time. This module is designed to explore all aspects of those processes from the creation and destruction of tectonic plates to the structure of the Earth's interior and the distribution and dissipation of energy within it. This will include: the theory and mechanisms of plate tectonics, the generation of magma and volcanism; the mechanisms behind earthquakes. The geological record of this activity, its evolution and impacts on the Earth will also be discussed.

ENV-5018A

20

LOW CARBON ENERGY: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

This module examines the physical/chemical principles of energy science and technologies - from clean energy generation and conversion, such as renewables, bioenergy, batteries, and hydrogen and fuel cells. It provides a systematic and integrated account of scientific/technical issues of the energy resources and conversion. The knowledge is used to make rational analyses of energy availability, applications and selections from physical, technical and environmental considerations. It also provides students with the opportunity to explore the future of energy provision in greater depth in practical sessions. These include invited talks, energy debates and group discussions on the applications of low carbon energy technologies.

ENV-5022B

20

METEOROLOGY I

This module is designed to give a general introduction to meteorology, concentrating on the physical processes in the atmosphere and how these influence our weather. The module contains both descriptive and mathematical treatments of radiation balance, fundamental thermodynamics, dynamics, boundary layers, weather systems and meteorological hazards. The assessment is designed to allow those with either mathematical or descriptive abilities to do well; however a reasonable mathematical competence is essential, including a basic understanding of differentiation and integration.

ENV-5008A

20

OCEAN CIRCULATION

This module gives you an understanding of the physical processes occurring in the basin-scale ocean environment. We will introduce and discuss large scale global ocean circulation, including gyres, boundary currents and the overturning circulation. Major themes include the interaction between ocean and atmosphere, and the forces which drive ocean circulation. You should be familiar with partial differentiation, integration, handling equations and using calculators. Shelf Sea Dynamics is a natural follow-on module and builds on some of the concepts introduced here. We strongly recommend that you also gain oceanographic fieldwork experience by taking the 20-credit biennial Marine Sciences fieldcourse.

ENV-5016A

20

PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I

The module covers a number of areas of modern physical chemistry which are essential to a proper understanding of the behaviour of chemical systems. These include the second law of thermodynamics and entropy, the thermodynamics of solutions and chemical kinetics of complex reactions. The module includes laboratory work. Due to the laboratory-based content on this module students must have completed at least one Level 4 module containing laboratory work.

CHE-5201Y

20

PROGRAMMING FOR NON-SPECIALISTS

The purpose of this module is to give the student a solid grounding in the essential features programming using the Java programming language. The module is designed to meet the needs of the student who has not previously studied programming.

CMP-5020B

20

RENEWABLE ENERGY

This module builds on understanding in wind, tidal and hydroelectric power and introduces theories and principles relating to a variety of renewable energy technologies including solar energy, heat pumps and geothermal sources, fuel cells and the hydrogen ecomony, biomass energy and anaerobic digestion. Students will consider how these various technologies can realistically contribute to the energy mix. Students will study the various targets and legislative instruments that are used to control and encourage developments. Another key aspect of the module is the study and application of project management and financial project appraisal techniques in a renewable energy context.

ENG-5002B

20

SHELF SEA DYNAMICS AND COASTAL PROCESSES

The shallow shelf seas that surround the continents are the oceans that we most interact with. They contribute a disproportionate amount to global marine primary production and CO2 drawdown into the ocean, and are important economically through commercial fisheries, offshore oil and gas exploration, and renewable energy developments (e.g. offshore wind farms). This module explores the physical processes that occur in shelf seas and coastal waters, their effect on biological, chemical and sedimentary processes, and how they can be harnessed to generate renewable energy.

ENV-5017B

20

Students must study the following modules for 80 credits:

Name Code Credits

ADVANCED PHYSICS LABORATORY

PHY-6003Y

20

ADVANCED TOPICS IN PHYSICS

PHY-6002B

20

NATURAL SCIENCES BSC PROJECT

This individual research module is compulsory for all Natural Sciences students and is only available to Natural Sciences students. It comprises supervised research in at least one area of science. It may involve research partners across the Norwich Research Park. The project can involve collection of data in the laboratory or in the field, and/or development of a piece of equipment, and/or development of software or a theoretical/numerical model, and/or analysis of pre-existing data from a variety of sources. It must include independent scientific analysis. It will be assessed by a written report, a presentation, and a web log maintained throughout the project.

NAT-6001Y

40

Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Please ensure that your chosen modules from each Option Range do not have the same Sub-Slot code, as this will generate timetable clashes.

Name Code Credits

APPLIED GEOPHYSICS

What lies beneath our feet? This module addresses this question by exploring how wavefields and potential fields are used in geophysics to image the subsurface on scales of metres to kilometres. The basic theory, data acquisition and interpretation methods of seismic, electrical, gravity and magnetic surveys are studied. A wide range of applications is covered including archaeological geophysics, energy resources and geohazards. This module is highly valued by employers in industry; guest industrial lecturers will cover the current 'state-of-the-art' applications in real world situations. Students doing this module are normally expected to have a good mathematical ability, notably in calculus and algebra before taking this module (ENV-4015Y Mathematics for Scientists A or equivalent).

ENV-5004B

20

APPLIED GEOPHYSICS WITH FIELDCOURSE

What lies beneath our feet? This module addresses this question by exploring how waves, rays and the various physical techniques are used in geophysics to image the subsurface on scales of meters to kilometres. The basic theory and interpretation methods of seismic, electrical and gravity and magnetic surveys are studied. A wide range of applications is covered including archaeological geophysics, energy resources and geohazards. The fieldcourse provides "hands-on" experience of the various techniques and applications, adding on valuable practical skills. This module is highly valued by employers in industry; guest industrial lecturers will cover the current 'state-of-the-art' applications in real world situations. Students doing this module are normally expected to have a good mathematical ability, notably in calculus and algebra before taking this module (ENV-4015Y Mathematics for Scientists A or equivalent). RESIDENTIAL FIELDCOURSE: This module includes a one-week fieldcourse and is presently held in the Lake District during the Easter break. There will be a charge for attending this field course. The cost is heavily subsidised by the School, but students enrolling must understand that they will commit to paying a sum to cover attendance. As the details of many modules and field courses have changed recently, the following figures should be viewed as ball-park estimates only. If you would like firmer data please consult the module organiser closer to the field course. The cost to the student will be on the order of GBP150.

ENV-5005K

20

CHEMICAL PHYSICS - PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY

The module will consist of topics covering important areas of modern physical chemistry and chemical physics. The material will blend together experimental and theoretical aspects of photonics, condensed phase dynamics in molecular and macromolecular fluids and quantum and classical simulations.

CHE-6250Y

20

CLIMATE SYSTEMS

This module is about understanding the processes that determine why the Earth's climate (defined, for example, by temperature and moisture distribution) looks like it does, what are the major circulation patterns and climate zones and how do they arise, why the climate changes in time over different timescales, and how we use this knowledge to understand the climate systems of other planets. This course is aimed at those students who wish to further their knowledge of climate, or want a base for any future study of climate change, such as students doing the Meteorology/Oceanography or Climate Change degrees.

ENV-6025B

20

CONTROL SYSTEMS

MODULE NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL 2018/19. Control systems are everywhere; automatic control of wind turbines, building management controls. Aerospace controls. Understanding control systems is important for engineers. The module begins with a review of the underlying theory of control utilising Laplace transforms and other techniques. Open and closed loop systems, feedback and stability will be considered. Software tools will be used. Industrial applications will be introduced using case studies.

ENG-6007A

20

DYNAMICAL METEOROLOGY

Dynamical meteorology is a core subject on which weather forecasting and the study of climate and climate change are based. This module applies fluid dynamics to the study of the circulation of the Earth's atmosphere. The fluid dynamical equations and some basic thermodynamics for the atmosphere are introduced. These are then applied to topics such as geostrophic flow, thermal wind and the jet streams, boundary layers, gravity waves, the Hadley circulation, vorticity and potential vorticity, Rossby waves, and equatorial waves. Emphasis will be placed on fluid dynamical concepts as well as on finding analytical solutions to the equations of motion.

MTHD6018B

20

DYNAMICS AND VIBRATION

The introductory material from first year engineering mechanics is developed. An appreciation of why dynamics and vibration are important for engineering designers leads to consideration of Single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) systems, Equation of motion, free vibration analysis, Natural frequency, undamped and damped systems and loading. Fourier series expansion and modal analysis are applied to vibration concepts: eigenfrequency, resonance, beats, critical, undercritical and overcritical damping, and transfer function. Introduction to multi-degree of freedom (MDOF) systems. Applications to beams and cantilevers. MathCAD will be used to support learning.

ENG-5004B

20

ELECTRICITY GENERATION AND DISTRIBUTION

This module studies how electricity is generated and how it is distributed to users. The first part studies DC and AC electricity and looks at how RLC circuits behave through complex phasor analysis. The second part moves on to electricity generators, beginning with magnetism and Faraday's Law. Synchronous and asynchronous generators are studied along with application to conventional power stations and to renewable generation (e.g. wind). Transformers and transmission lines are studied with a view to distrubution of electricity. Voltage conversion methods such as the rectifier, buck and boost converters are examined and finally electricity generation through solar is covered.

ENG-6001B

20

FLUID DYNAMICS

Fluid dynamics has wide ranging applications across nature, engineering, and biology. From understanding the behaviour of ocean waves and weather, designing efficient aircraft and ships, to capturing blood flow, the ability the understand and predict how fluids (liquids and gasses) behave is of fundamental importance. This Module considers mathematical models of fluids, particularly including viscosity (or stickiness) of a fluid. Illustrated by practical examples throughout, we develop the governing differential Navier-Stokes equations, and then consider their solution either finding exact solutions, or using analytical techniques to obtain solutions in certain limits (for example low viscosity or high viscosity).

MTHD6020A

20

GEOPHYSICAL HAZARDS

Geophysical hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and landslides have significant environmental and societal impacts. This module focuses on the physical basis and analysis of each hazard, their global range of occurrence, probability of occurrence and their local and global impact. The module addresses matters such as hazard monitoring, modelling and assessment. The module considers approaches towards risk mitigation and the reduction of vulnerability (individual and societal), with an emphasis on their practical implementation. Scenarios and probabilities of mega-disasters are also investigated. All the teaching faculty involved have practical experience of supplying professional advice on these hazards (and related risks) in addition to their own research involvement. A basic knowledge of physical science and of mathematics is assumed e.g. use of logs, exponentials, powers, cosines, rearrangement of equations.

ENV-6001B

20

GEOSCIENCES FIELDCOURSE: GREECE

This field course is designed to promote a deeper understanding and integration of geoscience subjects: the fieldwork will usually concentrate on applied skills in aspects of structural geology, regional tectonics, sedimentology, palaeoclimate and palaeoenvironments, and volcanology. There are two field bases in the Aegean (Greece), the Gulf of Corinth active rift, and Santorini volcano.

ENV-6022K

20

GLOBAL TECTONICS

Processes in the Earth's interior have exerted a profound influence on all aspects of the Earth's system through geological time. This module is designed to explore all aspects of those processes from the creation and destruction of tectonic plates to the structure of the Earth's interior and the distribution and dissipation of energy within it. This will include: the theory and mechanisms of plate tectonics, the generation of magma and volcanism; the mechanisms behind earthquakes. The geological record of this activity, its evolution and impacts on the Earth will also be discussed.

ENV-5018A

20

LOW CARBON ENERGY: SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

This module examines the physical/chemical principles of energy science and technologies - from clean energy generation and conversion, such as renewables, bioenergy, batteries, and hydrogen and fuel cells. It provides a systematic and integrated account of scientific/technical issues of the energy resources and conversion. The knowledge is used to make rational analyses of energy availability, applications and selections from physical, technical and environmental considerations. It also provides students with the opportunity to explore the future of energy provision in greater depth in practical sessions. These include invited talks, energy debates and group discussions on the applications of low carbon energy technologies.

ENV-5022B

20

METEOROLOGY I

This module is designed to give a general introduction to meteorology, concentrating on the physical processes in the atmosphere and how these influence our weather. The module contains both descriptive and mathematical treatments of radiation balance, fundamental thermodynamics, dynamics, boundary layers, weather systems and meteorological hazards. The assessment is designed to allow those with either mathematical or descriptive abilities to do well; however a reasonable mathematical competence is essential, including a basic understanding of differentiation and integration.

ENV-5008A

20

MODELLING ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESSES

The aim of the module is to show how environmental problems may be solved from the initial problem, to mathematical formulation and numerical solution. Problems will be described conceptually, then defined mathematically, then solved numerically via computer programming. The module consists of lectures on numerical methods and computing practicals (using Matlab); the practicals being designed to illustrate the solution of problems using the methods covered in lectures. The module will guide students through the solution of a model of an environmental process of their own choosing. The skills developed in this module are highly valued by prospective employers.

ENV-6004A

20

NUCLEAR AND SOLAR ENERGY

ENG-6002Y

20

OCEAN CIRCULATION

This module gives you an understanding of the physical processes occurring in the basin-scale ocean environment. We will introduce and discuss large scale global ocean circulation, including gyres, boundary currents and the overturning circulation. Major themes include the interaction between ocean and atmosphere, and the forces which drive ocean circulation. You should be familiar with partial differentiation, integration, handling equations and using calculators. Shelf Sea Dynamics is a natural follow-on module and builds on some of the concepts introduced here. We strongly recommend that you also gain oceanographic fieldwork experience by taking the 20-credit biennial Marine Sciences fieldcourse.

ENV-5016A

20

PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I

The module covers a number of areas of modern physical chemistry which are essential to a proper understanding of the behaviour of chemical systems. These include the second law of thermodynamics and entropy, the thermodynamics of solutions and chemical kinetics of complex reactions. The module includes laboratory work. Due to the laboratory-based content on this module students must have completed at least one Level 4 module containing laboratory work.

CHE-5201Y

20

PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II

The module covers a selection of advanced topics in Physical Chemistry including statistical thermodynamics, reaction mechanisms and theories of reaction rates, photochemistry, electrochemistry and diffraction techniques.

CHE-6201Y

20

PROGRAMMING FOR NON-SPECIALISTS

The purpose of this module is to give the student a solid grounding in the essential features programming using the Java programming language. The module is designed to meet the needs of the student who has not previously studied programming.

CMP-5020B

20

RENEWABLE ENERGY

This module builds on understanding in wind, tidal and hydroelectric power and introduces theories and principles relating to a variety of renewable energy technologies including solar energy, heat pumps and geothermal sources, fuel cells and the hydrogen ecomony, biomass energy and anaerobic digestion. Students will consider how these various technologies can realistically contribute to the energy mix. Students will study the various targets and legislative instruments that are used to control and encourage developments. Another key aspect of the module is the study and application of project management and financial project appraisal techniques in a renewable energy context.

ENG-5002B

20

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

This module brings an understanding of how science is disseminated to the public. Students on the module will be made aware of the theories surrounding learning and communication. They will investigate science as a culture and how this culture interfaces with the public. Students will examine case studies in a variety of different scientific areas. They will look at how information is released in scientific literature and how this is subsequently picked up by the public press. They will gain an appreciation of how science information can be used to change public perception and how it can sometimes be misinterpreted. Students will also learn practical skills by designing, running and evaluating a public outreach event at a school or in a public area. Students who wish to take this module will be required to write a statement of selection. These statements will be assessed and students will be allocated to the module accordingly.

BIO-6018Y

20

SHELF SEA DYNAMICS AND COASTAL PROCESSES

The shallow shelf seas that surround the continents are the oceans that we most interact with. They contribute a disproportionate amount to global marine primary production and CO2 drawdown into the ocean, and are important economically through commercial fisheries, offshore oil and gas exploration, and renewable energy developments (e.g. offshore wind farms). This module explores the physical processes that occur in shelf seas and coastal waters, their effect on biological, chemical and sedimentary processes, and how they can be harnessed to generate renewable energy.

ENV-5017B

20

THE LEARNING AND TEACHING OF MATHEMATICS

The aim of the module is to introduce students to the study of the teaching and learning of mathematics with particular focus to secondary and post compulsory level; to explore theories of learning and teaching of mathematical concepts typically included in the secondary and post compulsory curriculum and to explore mathematics knowledge for teaching. This module is recommended for anyone interested in Mathematics teaching as a career or, indeed, for anyone interested in mathematics education as a research discipline.

EDUB6014A

20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level ABB including Mathematics and Physics.Science A-levels must include a pass in the practical element.
  • International Baccalaureate 32 points to include HL 5 in Mathematics and Physics. If no GCSE equivalent is held, offer will include Mathematics and English requirements.
  • Scottish Highers Only accepted in combination with Scottish Advanced Highers.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers BBC to include Mathematics and Physics. A combination of Advanced Highers and Highers may be acceptable.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate AABBBB or 2 subjects at H1 and 4 at H2 to include Higher Level Mathematics and Physics.
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 30 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 15 credits at Level 3, to include 12 credits of Mathematics and 12 credits of Physics. Science pathway required.
  • BTEC Not accepted
  • European Baccalaureate 75% overall, to include at least 70% in Mathematics and Physics

Entry Requirement

GCSE Requirements:  GCSE English Language grade 4 and GCSE Mathematics grade 4 or GCSE English Language grade C and GCSE Mathematics grade C.

General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.  

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

 

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including speaking, listening, reading and writing) at the following level:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in any component)

We will also accept a number of other English language qualifications. Please click here for further information.

INTO University of East Anglia 

If you do not meet the academic and/or English language requirements for this course, our partner INTO UEA offers guaranteed progression on to this undergraduate degree upon successful completion of a foundation programme. Depending on your interests and your qualifications you can take a variety of routes to this degree:

INTO UEA also offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

Interviews

The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.

Intakes

The School's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications equivalent to our stated entry requirements. Please contact us for further information.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support

Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The system allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it must be sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The UCAS code name and number for the University of East Anglia is EANGL E14.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances with the Admissions Service prior to applying please do contact us:

Undergraduate Admissions Service
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

Please click here to register your details via our Online Enquiry Form.

International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the University's International section of our website.

    Next Steps

    We can’t wait to hear from you. Just pop any questions about this course into the form below and our enquiries team will answer as soon as they can.

    Admissions enquiries:
    admissions@uea.ac.uk or
    telephone +44 (0)1603 591515