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This program provides a positive experience of physics and encourages students to foster and maintain an intellectual curiosity in the discipline, specifically in the area of theoretical physics. We encourage/educate our students to become active, lifelong and autonomous learners with good prospects of employment in economic sectors requiring analytical skills or for further study of the subject. Our students will become well grounded in the fundamentals of physics with an appreciation of more specialised knowledge and the current frontiers of research. Courses in applied and computational mathematics complement physics courses. Our learning environment emphasises laboratory work at all stages, combining in-class, project and problem-solving work including data analysis and programming. Our students will be imbued with professional values including scientific integrity and ethical behaviour, and the ability to communicate complex information effectively. We deepen the mathematical training, allowing students to describe the physical world from the smallest to the largest scales using mathematics and theoretical models. Assessment is based on individual work, group work, work in the laboratory, project work including student presentation and written report.

1 - On successful completion of the programme, students will have acquired a good understanding of the core of physics (as defined by the Institue of Physics degree accreditation document), and students will appreciate the current boundaries of scientific knowledge.

2 - Students will be able to tackle problems in physics and formulate an appropriate solution

3 - Students will be able to use mathematics to describe the physical world

4 - Students will be able to plan, execute and report the results of an experiment or investigation

5 - Students will be able to compare results critically with predictions from theory

6 - Students will have acquired communications skills

7 - Students will have acquired analytical skills

8 - Students will have acquired IT skills

9 - Students will have acquired personal skills, the ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team, interact constructively with other people, and show leadership in their area of expertise.

10 - Students will have acquired ethical behaviour, including critical thinking, understanding of arguments and consequences, and scientific integrity

11 - Students will be flexible, able to adapt and contribute to the theoretical and modelling aspects in any research and development team.

2 - Students will be able to tackle problems in physics and formulate an appropriate solution

3 - Students will be able to use mathematics to describe the physical world

4 - Students will be able to plan, execute and report the results of an experiment or investigation

5 - Students will be able to compare results critically with predictions from theory

6 - Students will have acquired communications skills

7 - Students will have acquired analytical skills

8 - Students will have acquired IT skills

9 - Students will have acquired personal skills, the ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team, interact constructively with other people, and show leadership in their area of expertise.

10 - Students will have acquired ethical behaviour, including critical thinking, understanding of arguments and consequences, and scientific integrity

11 - Students will be flexible, able to adapt and contribute to the theoretical and modelling aspects in any research and development team.

Students who return failing grades in a trimester amounting to 15 credits, or more, will be identified under the UCD Continuation – Academic Progress policy. Students whose rate of progression and performance over two academic years is deemed unacceptable will be referred to the Governing Board to be reviewed for exclusion from the programme.

Students who fail to progress from the stage of the programme they are registered to for more than two academic years (except where a period of Leave of Absence has been granted for one of those years) will also be contacted under the Continuation – Academic Progress Policy.

As Stages 3 and 4 have the most dynamic components of the programme, and the material studied previously may no longer be relevant, a student who has been away from the programme for a significant period should be required to register again to Stage 3. The upper limit for completion of Stages 3 and 4 should be six years if they choose to do 120 credits with 20 in each year.

Students who fail to progress from the stage of the programme they are registered to for more than two academic years (except where a period of Leave of Absence has been granted for one of those years) will also be contacted under the Continuation – Academic Progress Policy.

As Stages 3 and 4 have the most dynamic components of the programme, and the material studied previously may no longer be relevant, a student who has been away from the programme for a significant period should be required to register again to Stage 3. The upper limit for completion of Stages 3 and 4 should be six years if they choose to do 120 credits with 20 in each year.

Using advanced mathematics, you will learn to understand and predict the behaviour of physical systems ranging from the subatomic to astronomical scales.

The Theoretical Physics programme puts emphasis on the mathematical description of physical phenomena and provides a unified description of the fundamental laws of nature. The degree comprehensively covers Theoretical Physics and includes areas such as Quantum Mechanics, Condensed Matter Theory, Special and General Relativity Theory and Cosmology, Quantum Field Theory, Statistical Mechanics and Theoretical Astrophysics.

The programme offers knowledge and experience in problem-solving using analytical and numerical techniques, which have wide application in, for example, biophysics and econophysics.

The Theoretical Physics programme puts emphasis on the mathematical description of physical phenomena and provides a unified description of the fundamental laws of nature. The degree comprehensively covers Theoretical Physics and includes areas such as Quantum Mechanics, Condensed Matter Theory, Special and General Relativity Theory and Cosmology, Quantum Field Theory, Statistical Mechanics and Theoretical Astrophysics.

The programme offers knowledge and experience in problem-solving using analytical and numerical techniques, which have wide application in, for example, biophysics and econophysics.

STAGES 1 & 2

This course provides you with an introduction to all the major areas of Theoretical Physics including Relativity Theory, Quantum Mechanics, Atomic Physics, Nuclear Physics and Computational Physics.

STAGES 3 & 4

Advanced topics are covered in the final two stages. These include:

- General Relativity

- Electromagnetic Theory

- Quantum Gravity

- Quantum Field Theory

- Statistical Mechanics

- Theoretical Astrophysics

- Fluid Mechanics

- High Energy Physics

- Condensed Matter Physics

This course provides you with an introduction to all the major areas of Theoretical Physics including Relativity Theory, Quantum Mechanics, Atomic Physics, Nuclear Physics and Computational Physics.

STAGES 3 & 4

Advanced topics are covered in the final two stages. These include:

- General Relativity

- Electromagnetic Theory

- Quantum Gravity

- Quantum Field Theory

- Statistical Mechanics

- Theoretical Astrophysics

- Fluid Mechanics

- High Energy Physics

- Condensed Matter Physics

You may apply to study abroad for either a semester or a year through the Erasmus programme or on a non-EU exchange.

UCD has over 200 Erasmus partners in Europe and an increasing number of non-EU exchange agreements with universities in the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan and elsewhere.

Please visit the Erasmus section by clicking on the International Office link at the top of this page.

UCD has over 200 Erasmus partners in Europe and an increasing number of non-EU exchange agreements with universities in the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan and elsewhere.

Please visit the Erasmus section by clicking on the International Office link at the top of this page.

Theoretical Physics graduates can choose to develop careers in a variety of sectors including academic and government research Institutions, energy technologies, information and communication technology, advanced materials [e.g. semiconductor industry], management consulting, stock market and financial risk analysis, climate change and environmental impact analysis, and second and third-level education. Our Theoretical Physics degree subject is an accredited Physics degree subject and graduates are well prepared for further research and have successfully completed PhDs in MIT, Caltech, Harvard, Princeton and Cambridge, as well as in UCD.

Professor Adrian Ottewill

UCD School of Mathematical Sciences

Science Education & Research Centre

Belfield, Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 2567

Email: adrian.ottewill@ucd.ie

Web: www.ucd.ie/horizons

UCD School of Mathematical Sciences

Science Education & Research Centre

Belfield, Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 2567

Email: adrian.ottewill@ucd.ie

Web: www.ucd.ie/horizons

Stage 3

Students take 7 core modules, 1 Physics option module and 1 Applied and Computational Mathematics option module. To complete 60 credits for Stage 3, students may select 10 credits from elective modules or alternatively, students can take additional modules from the option list below.

Stage 4

Students take 2 core modules and a total of 45 credits from option modules.

Award | GPA | ||||
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Programme | Module Weightings | Rule Description | Description | ||

BHSCI001 | Stage 4 - 70.00% Stage 3 - 30.00% |
Standard Honours Award | First Class Honours | 3.68 |
4.20 |

Second Class Honours, Grade 1 | 3.08 |
3.67 |
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Second Class Honours, Grade 2 | 2.48 |
3.07 |
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Pass | 2.00 |
2.47 |