Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computational Physics

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computational Physics

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Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computational Physics
Course code UBSCHCPY
Postnominal B.Sc. (Hons)(Melit.)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 3 Years
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 180
Coordinator Louis Zammit Mangion
Delivered by Faculty of Science
The degree covers foundation topics in mathematical, physical and computation required to model a process both theoretically as well as numerically. The teaching methodology emphasises the interlinking between these three aspects through both theoretical and practical applications. Computational practical sessions are carried out with the theoretical physics lectures while physical applications are used in the computational classes’ assignments so as to create a continuous transition between mathematical, physical and numerical analysis.

The course is meant to cover:

- Mathematics topics to understand and work with the physical laws as well as numerical techniques
- Physical laws that govern the way the universe evolves, together with their mathematical and numerical formulation
- Programming methodologies so as to write software that efficiently implements algorithms
- Various numerical techniques, highlighting their potential use as well as their limitations
- The practical implementation of the theoretical concept through numerical computation laboratory sessions.

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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:

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 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 indicated above, 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 2021.

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

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

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Local/EU/EEA Applicants: No fees apply

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Fee per academic year: Eur 10,800
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

- Solve physical problems using mathematical techniques
- Identify and quantify the limits of the numerical results
- Validate numerical results and determine their reliability
- Use existing, and develop new, simulation and numerical software
- Optimize computational programs for different computer architectures

The range of skills acquired during the course includes analytical analysis, physical and mathematical modelling, computational modelling, quantitative and qualitative interpretation of data and problem solving skills. The ability to carry out unsupervised work is fostered through the provision of a variety of projects.

In addition, students should be able to seamlessly model mathematically a system and then solve the governing equations using computational techniques. This is a transferable skill that will allow students to effectively engage in diverse problems spreading over a wide range of areas including but not limited to:

- Computational problems, such as iGaming, that requires understanding of the underlying physics apart from the ability of programing
- Banking and finance, where computational finance has for a very long time absorbed computational physicists
- Physics problems, which nowadays makes increasing use of computation in data analysis and simulation.
Students who wish to participate in an ERASMUS exchange are encouraged to do so preferably during the first semester and/or second semester of the penultimate year.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 12 May 2021

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