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BSc in Physical Sciences (Full Time)

University of Aberdeen

Course Description

Many students have a passionate interest in science and technology, and who seek to study a broader degree than just physics or just chemistry. The physical sciences degree answers this need and allows you to study a mix of courses from the physical sciences, including physics, chemistry, geology, biology and so on.

The degree follows a similar structure to the standard Physics degree, however, the flexibility allows for a mix of courses that involve no compulsory Mathematics courses. This appeals to many students who have an interest in this area but are put off by the mathematical components. Courses are dynamic and exciting, including Astronomy and Meteorology so it is a very broad ranging degree programme.

Many students have a passionate interest in science and technology, and who seek to study a broader degree than just physics or just chemistry. The physical sciences degree answers this need and allows you to study a mix of courses from the physical sciences, including physics, chemistry, geology, biology and so on. The degree follows a similar structure to the standard Physics...

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Course Content

  • Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Optional Courses

Select:

  • The Physical Universe A (PX1015) OR Understanding the Physical World (PX1016)
  • The Physical Universe B (PX1513) OR Astronomy and Meteorology (PX1514)

Plus select a further 30 credit points from level 1 courses in Physical Sciences*, plus a further 60 credit points from courses of choice

* For the purposes of this degree, the Physical Science Group of courses consists of all courses with codes PX, PC, CM, CS, EG, ES, GL, MA, MX, SS and ST, plus GG 2510 and GG 3069.

The Physical Universe A (PX1015) - 15 Credit Points

Understanding the Physical World (PX1016) - 15 Credit Points

The Physical Universe B (PX1513) - 15 Credit Points

Astronomy and Meteorology (PX1514) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 2

Optional Courses

Select one of the following:

  • Light Science (PX2013) AND Practical Optics and Electronics (PX2505)
  • Dynamical Phenomena (PX2015) AND Relativity and Quantum Mechanics (PX2510)

Plus select a further 30 credit points from level 2 courses in Physical Sciences, plus a further 60 credit points from courses of choice

Light Science (PX2013) - 15 Credit Points

Practical Optics and Electronics (PX2505) - 15 Credit Points

Dynamical Phenomena (PX2015) - 15 Credit Points

Relativity and Quantum Mechanics (PX2510) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 3

Optional Courses

Select two of the following:

  • Energy and Matter (PX3014)
  • Research Skills in Physics (PX3017)
  • Introduction to the Solid State (PX3016)

Plus two of the following:

  • Structure Of Matter And The Universe (PX4510)
  • Advanced Practical Physics (PX3510)
  • Electricity and Magnetism (PX3512)
  • Quantum Mechanics (PX3511)

Select a further 30 credit points from Level 3 Physical Sciences courses, plus a further 30 credit points from courses of choice.

Energy and Matter (PX3014) - 15 Credit Points

Research and Computing Skills (PX3017) - 15 Credit Points

Introduction to the Solid State (PX3016) - 15 Credit Points

Advanced Practical Physics (PX3510) - 15 Credit Points

Electricity and Magnetism (PX3512) - 15 Credit Points

Quantum Mechanics (PX3511) - 15 Credit Points

Structure of Matter and the Universe (PX4510) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 4

Compulsory Courses

Project (PX4013) - 45 Credit Points

Statistical Physics and Stochastic Systems (PX4012) - 15 Credit Points

Case Studies in the Physical Sciences (PX4007) - 15 Credit Points

Modelling Theory (PX4514) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select 15 further credit points from courses in Physical Sciences at Level 3 or 4, plus 15 credit points from courses of choice.

NOTE: A graduating curriculum for the Honours programme must include 90 credit points from Level 4 courses.

Year 1 Compulsory Courses Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001) Optional Courses Select: The Physical Universe A (PX1015) OR Understanding the Physical World (PX1016) The Physical Universe B...

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB*

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB*

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB*

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB*

Minimum: BBC*

Adjusted: CCC*

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL*.

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB*, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above)

* Including good performance in at least two Mathematics/ Science subjects by the end of your senior phase of education.

Entry from College

Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: AABB* Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required. Minimum: BBB* Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of...

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