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COURSE TITLE Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Mathematics and Physics
 
COURSE CODE UBSCHMATPHY

POSTNOMINAL

LEVEL OF QUALIFICATION

NATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS
FRAMEWORK LEVEL

DURATION

MODE OF ATTENDANCE

TOTAL ECTS CREDITS

B.Sc. (Hons)(Melit.)

First Cycle

Level 6

4 Years

Full-time

240

COURSE OVERVIEW
The Course shall consist of two parts, namely, Part One comprising the first three years and Part Two comprising the fourth year.

(1) Part One shall consist of study-units to which 180 credits are assigned and indicated in the programme of study and divided as follows:

First Year: in addition to the compulsory and elective study-units outlined in the programme of studies of the chosen areas (not less than 26 credits in each of the two areas), students are required to register for optional study-units to bring their total for the year to 60 credits,

Second Year: 30 credits in each of the two areas of study,

Third Year: 30 credits in each of the two areas of study.

At the end of Part One, students who obtain 180 credits as specified in paragraph (1) but who either opt not to proceed with the Course leading to the Honours Degree, or having proceeded, do not successfully complete the Course, shall be eligible for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.).

(2) Part Two shall consist of study-units to which 60 credits are assigned divided as follows:

(a) 40 credits in one area of study, of which 18 credits are assigned to a dissertation, and

(b) 20 credits in the other area of study,

provided that in the case of Mathematics, the dissertation may be substituted by one or more additional taught study-units.

Mathematics

Mathematics underlies the pursuit of every scientific endeavour. The Department of Mathematics within the Faculty of Science satisfies this need by contributing to joint Honours degrees with other science disciplines such as Physics, Statistics and Operations Research, and Computing Science. It also services study-units to other Faculties, like Education, Engineering, Built Environment, FEMA, and ICT.

The number of students taking Mathematics as a principal subject for their B.Sc.(Hons) has now stabilised at about 40 per year. In addition, about 20 students from the Faculty of Education annually follow the same Mathematics study-units followed by the Mathematics students in the Faculty of Science. Student numbers in Mathematics courses for other Faculties vary greatly from faculty to faculty, with about 400 first year students in FEMA, to Engineering classes of about 200. The optional study-units offered by the Mathematics Department are also very popular with students from other courses, with audiences of about 100.

Physics

The concern of physics is the behaviour of matter and its interaction with energy under conditions as different as the chamber of a fusion reactor and the inside of an integrated circuit. With boundaries extending from the more specialised areas of theory to practical engineering, physics underlies the other exact and practical sciences and has now reached the stage of widespread application at most levels of civilised existence.

The design of the undergraduate physics course reflects the need to provide as wide a base as the human resources of the department permit. It is intended to provide a sound basis in the subject during the first three years, with some specialisation in chosen areas offered during the final year. It is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge, experience and skills to pursue careers as scientists within the industry, administration, education and, of course, research.
 
LEARNING OUTCOMES Physics

Physics students will acquire knowledge and cognitive skills through the study of course material and practical work, including project work. Central in the set of transferable skills is the acquisition of an aptitude for problem solving.
 
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY Physics

Physicists are the most versatile of scientists, capable of tackling a variety of both everyday and specialist problems. Physics graduates may find employment in government departments, with private industry, with public authorities, as teachers in state and private or church schools and research laboratories, both locally and abroad.

The physics programme equips students to join postgraduate courses (both locally and abroad). Such courses may range from taught and/or research Masters to M.Phil. and Ph.D.
 
COURSE INTENDED FOR Physics

Candidates who choose to study physics are those who satisfy the entry requirements, and have a strong interest in the subject and wish to dedicate their time to its study with a view of acquiring a range of transferrable skills, most important amongst which would be a refined problem solving aptitude. Such students would typically have a sound mathematical background and would be willing to improve this during the course.
 
MOBILITY PERIOD Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so during the second semester of the third year of the course.
 
ADMISSION AND
PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS
Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants must also satisfy the following Special Course Requirements:

For Mathematics: A pass at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Pure Mathematics

For Physics: A pass at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Pure Mathematics and a pass at Intermediate Level at Grade C or better in Physics.

Applicants must satisfy the special course requirements for both areas.

Applicants who possess a grade D when the minimum specified grade is C in only one of the required subjects, whether at Advanced or Intermediate Level, of the special course requirements, shall be admitted under those conditions as the Board may impose to compensate for the qualification deficiency. If, by the end of the first year, such students do not successfully complete all the requirements to progress regularly to the second year of the Course, they shall be required to withdraw from the Course, and shall neither be entitled to repeat the year nor to progress conditionally as normally permitted under the Principal Regulations.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2016.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.
 
 


 

 

 
Last Updated: 30 June 2017
 
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Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
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