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 StudyUnits (26 credits) and 4 credits from the list of elective studyunits to a total of 30 credits. Students taking Physics and Chemistry are required to register for ALL Compulsory StudyUnits (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 timetable constraints.
MAT1801* 
Mathematics for Engineers 1 
4 ECTS 

PHY1201 
Science of the Solid Earth 
2 ECTS 

PHY1203 
Introduction to Physical Oceanography 1 
2 ECTS 

*Studyunit 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 timetable constraints.
LIN1063 
Academic Reading and Writing in English 
2 ECTS 

PHY1202 
Science of the Atmosphere 
2 ECTS 

SOR0210*** 
Data Treatment and Probability 
2 ECTS 

**Studyunit MAT1802 is available only for students following Physics and Chemistry.
***Studyunit 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 

*Studyunit 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 

**Studyunit 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)
Semester 1
Compulsory Units (All students
must register for this/these unit/s)
Semester 2
Compulsory Units (All students
must register for this/these unit/s)
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 studyunits and 14 ECTS credits in elective studyunits and 18 ECTS credits assigned to a project studyunit 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 studyunits and 12 ECTS credits in elective studyunits 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)
Elective Units Elective units are offered subject to availability and timetable 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 timetable constraints.
PHY3290 
Introduction to Physical Oceanography 2 
2 ECTS 

Semester 2
Compulsory Units (All students
must register for this/these unit/s)
Elective Units Elective units are offered subject to availability and timetable 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 

* Studyunit PHY3200 is only for students taking Physics as their main area.
** Studyunits MAT3116, MAT3513 and MAT3712 are offered by the Department of Mathematics and are subject to prerequisites as specified by that Department.
This programme of study is governed by the General Regulations for University Undergraduate Awards, 2004 and by the ByeLaws 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 StudyUnit information are complete and uptodate 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.

17 December 2017
https://www.um.edu.mt/science/programme