Natural Sciences

BSc in Mathematics and Physics within the Natural Sciences programme (CFG0): 2019-2020

The current course structure is shown in the table below that consists of modules which must be studied in the appropriate year - click on the module code for the current module content. After Year 1, students focus solely on studying Mathematics and Physics. If students don't wish to take a particular module or include a third subject then it may be possible take up the option of the more flexible "BSc in Natural Sciences degree. The subjects in which modules have been taken successfully in the final two years are as follows: Mathematics and Physics". As the rules below permit, students may take up to 80 credits in one subject and no less than 40 credits in the other subject and always take precisely 120 credits in one year.

Year 1
Mathematics60 credits: Analysis I (MATH1051), Calculus I (MATH1061), Linear Algebra I (MATH1071)
Physics60 credits: Foundations Of Physics 1 (PHYS1122), Discovery Skills In Physics (PHYS1101)
Year 2
Mathematics60 credits: Complex Analysis II (MATH2011), Analysis In Many Variables II (MATH2031) and at least 20 credits taken from the Level 2 list. Students must either take Mathematical Physics II (MATH2071) or Theoretical Physics 2 (PHYS2631) but both is not permitted.
Physics60 credits: Foundations Of Physics 2A (PHYS2581), Foundations Of Physics 2B (PHYS2591) and an additional 20 credits from the Level 2 Physics list. Students must either take Mathematical Physics II (MATH2071) or Theoretical Physics 2 (PHYS2631) but not both.
Year 3
Mathematics40 credits: Modules taken from the Level Mathematics 3 list. If 60 credits or more are taken, 20 credits can be at Level 2 Mathematics.
Physics40 credits: Foundations Of Physics 3A (PHYS3621), Theoretical Physics 3 (PHYS3661) (if Theoretical Physics 2 (PHYS2631) was taken previously)
Students must take no less than 20 credits and no more than 60 Capstone Modules from the following list:
Capstone modulesMathematics Teaching III (MATH3121); Project III (MATH3382); Team Project (PHYS3581); Laboratory Project (PHYS3601); Physics into Schools (PHYS3611); Laboratory Skills and Electronics 3 (PHYS3681); Physics in Society 3 (PHYS3691); BSc Project (PHYS3701);
Further details about the modules in the Mathematics list.
Further details about the modules in the Physics list.

Below is an example of modules that are timetabled to satisfy these rules except in Year 3 where the set may not include a capstone module. Click on the single digit numbered link on the left to see a sample timetable and the module code to see details about the module such as content, contact hours, teaching methods and assessment methods.

1Analysis I (MATH1051)Calculus I (MATH1061)Linear Algebra I (MATH1071)Discovery Skills In Physics (PHYS1101)Foundations Of Physics 1 (PHYS1122)    
1Analysis I (MATH1051)Calculus I (MATH1061)Linear Algebra I (MATH1071)Programming I (MATH1587)Dynamics I (MATH1607)Foundations Of Physics 1 (PHYS1122)   
2Complex Analysis II (MATH2011)Analysis In Many Variables II (MATH2031)Algebra II (MATH2581)Discovery Skills In Physics (PHYS1101)Foundations Of Physics 2A (PHYS2581)Theoretical Physics 2 (PHYS2631)   
2Complex Analysis II (MATH2011)Analysis In Many Variables II (MATH2031)Mathematical Physics II (MATH2071)Discovery Skills In Physics (PHYS1101)Foundations Of Physics 2A (PHYS2581)Stars And Galaxies (PHYS2621)   
2Complex Analysis II (MATH2011)Analysis In Many Variables II (MATH2031)Geometric Topology II (MATH2627)Special Relativity And Electromagnetism II (MATH2657)Foundations Of Physics 2A (PHYS2581)Foundations Of Physics 2B (PHYS2591)Theoretical Physics 2 (PHYS2631)  
3Differential Geometry III (MATH3021)Partial Differential Equations III (MATH3291)Solitons III (MATH3231)Foundations Of Physics 3A (PHYS3621)Foundations Of Physics 3B (PHYS3631)Theoretical Physics 3 (PHYS3661)   
3Differential Geometry III (MATH3021)Partial Differential Equations III (MATH3291)Solitons III (MATH3231)Foundations Of Physics 3A (PHYS3621)Planets And Cosmology 3 (PHYS3651)Theoretical Physics 3 (PHYS3661)   
3Dynamical Systems III (MATH3091)Topology III (MATH3281)Quantum Information III (MATH3391)Foundations Of Physics 3A (PHYS3621)Foundations Of Physics 3B (PHYS3631)Theoretical Physics 3 (PHYS3661)   

Note that:

  • You can vary the balance between the two subjects in all years assuming the rules below and timetable will allow it.
  • In Year 3 students are required to take no less than 20 credits and no more than 60 Capstone Modules from two subjects. The minimum number of credits is reviewed on an annual basis as we are working towards students being required to take 40 credits, when this change happens students will be informed explicitly.

  • Not all combinations of the modules which make up the degree rules are guaranteed to timetable, but one set will.
  • If no student is following the Joint-Honours degree in a given year, then we do not ask for modules to be timetabled for that cohort in the following year.
  • The timetable changes each year.
  • Future changes in the Joint-Honours rules are either flagged up in the programme regulations in the Faculty Handbook or in the Mathematics/Physics advice.
  • Students are welcome to suggest to the Director better guaranteed combinations, but due to the quality assurance process and timetabling the lead in time is one year.

For more information about the Natural Sciences degree programme, please contact:

Dr. James Blowey
Deputy Head of Faculty
Faculty of Science Office
Level 3 Chemistry Building
Durham University
DH1 3LE
UK

Email: natural.sciences-director@durham.ac.uk

WWW: Natural Sciences home page

The Natural Sciences web pages are maintained by James Blowey