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University of Malta

Faculty of Science

Physics (Joint Area)

(for courses commencing October 2013)

YEAR ONE

Students other than those taking Physics and Chemistry are required to register for all Compulsory Study-Units (26 credits) and 4 credits from the list of elective study-units to a total of 30 credits. Students taking Physics and Chemistry are required to register for ALL Compulsory Study-Units (30 credits).

Year (This/these unit/s start/s in Semester 1 and continue/s in Semester 2)

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

PHY1100 Physics Practical 1 4 ECTS (NC)




Semester 1

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

PHY1190 Introduction to Mechanics and Matter 4 ECTS
PHY1195 Thermodynamics 4 ECTS

Elective Units Elective units are offered subject to availability and time-table constraints.

MAT1801* Mathematics for Engineers 1 4 ECTS
PHY1201 Science of the Solid Earth 2 ECTS
PHY1203 Introduction to Physical Oceanography 1 2 ECTS

*Study-unit MAT1801 is not available for students following Physics and Mathematics.



Semester 2

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

MAT1802** Mathematics for Engineers 2 4 ECTS
PHY1140 Electricity and Magnetism 5 ECTS
PHY1160 Waves and Optics 5 ECTS
PHY1180 Introduction to Programming for Physicists 4 ECTS

Elective Units Elective units are offered subject to availability and time-table constraints.

LIN1063 Academic Reading and Writing in English 2 ECTS
PHY1202 Science of the Atmosphere 2 ECTS
SOR0210*** Data Treatment and Probability 2 ECTS

**Study-unit MAT1802 is available only for students following Physics and Chemistry.

***Study-unit SOR0210 is not available for students following Physics and Mathematics or Physics and Statistics.



YEAR TWO

Year (This/these unit/s start/s in Semester 1 and continue/s in Semester 2)

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

PHY2225 Physics Practical 2 6 ECTS (NC)




Semester 1

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

MAT3815* Mathematics for Engineers 3 4 ECTS
PHY2120 Thermodynamics and Kinetic Theory 4 ECTS
PHY2160 Introduction to Computational Physics 4 ECTS
PHY2170 Waves and Quantum Mechanics 4 ECTS

*Study-unit MAT3815 is not available for students following Physics and Mathematics or Physics and Statistics and Operations Research.



Semester 2

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

PHY2130** Geophysics 4 ECTS
PHY2180 Quantum Mechanics 2 4 ECTS
PHY2190 Classical and Relativistic Mechanics 4 ECTS

**Study-unit PHY2130 is not available for students following Physics and Chemistry.



YEAR THREE

Year (This/these unit/s start/s in Semester 1 and continue/s in Semester 2)

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

PHY3101 Physics Practical 3 6 ECTS (NC)
PHY3120 Electromagnetism 6 ECTS
PHY3140 Statistical Mechanics 4 ECTS
PHY3165 Atomic Physics 6 ECTS




Semester 1

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

PHY3110 Physical Optics 4 ECTS




Semester 2

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

PHY3150 Solid State Physics 4 ECTS




YEAR FOUR

If Physics is chosen as the main area of study:

Students are required to register for 8 ECTS credits from the list of compulsory study-units and 14 ECTS credits in elective study-units and 18 ECTS credits assigned to a project study-unit for a total of 40 ECTS credits.

If Physics is chosen as the other area of study:

Students are required to register for 8 ECTS credits from the list of compulsory study-units and 12 ECTS credits in elective study-units for a total of 20 ECTS credits.

Year (This/these unit/s start/s in Semester 1 and continue/s in Semester 2)

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

PHY3225 Fluid Mechanics 4 ECTS
PHY3200* Physics Project 18 ECTS (NC)

Elective Units Elective units are offered subject to availability and time-table constraints.

PHY3205 Short Review Paper and Seminar 4 ECTS
PHY3210 Atmospheric Physics 4 ECTS
PHY3215 Earthquake Seismology 4 ECTS
PHY3220 Signal Processing 2 ECTS
PHY3250 Remote Sensing 2 ECTS
PHY3265 Cosmology and Relativity 4 ECTS
PHY3275 Physics of Semiconductor Devices 2 ECTS
PHY3281 Introduction to Astronomy and Cosmology 4 ECTS
MAT3116** Group Representations 5 ECTS
MAT3513** Tensors and Relativity 5 ECTS




Semester 1

Elective Units Elective units are offered subject to availability and time-table constraints.

PHY3290 Introduction to Physical Oceanography 2 2 ECTS




Semester 2

Compulsory Units (All students must register for this/these unit/s)

PHY3230 Nuclear Physics 4 ECTS

Elective Units Elective units are offered subject to availability and time-table constraints.

MAT3712** Partial Differential Equations and Calculus of Variations 5 ECTS
MPH3001 Introduction to Medical Physics 4 ECTS
PHY3212 Science of the Ocean Floor 2 ECTS
PHY3240 Fundamentals of Meteorology for Climate Studies 4 ECTS
PHY3260 A Multidisciplinary Approach to Climate Research 4 ECTS




* Study-unit PHY3200 is only for students taking Physics as their main area.

** Study-units MAT3116, MAT3513 and MAT3712 are offered by the Department of Mathematics and are subject to pre-requisites as specified by that Department.

This programme of study is governed by the General Regulations for University Undergraduate Awards, 2004 and by the Bye-Laws for the award of Bachelor of Science - B.Sc. and Bachelor of Science (Honours) - B.Sc.(Hons.) under the auspices of the Faculty of Science.
 
Last Updated: 23 September 2016
 
The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.
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