International Summer School

Physics

See our Physics programme page for more information and how to prepare for the programme.

Session 1

Introductory Physics I
Module Code: IS128 
Level: 4
Laboratory fee: £190 
Recommendation: this is an intensive module, requiring good mathematical skills, including algebra and trigonometry and a knowledge of vectors and of differential and integral calculus. All applicants should take our
 Physics Diagnostic Test. Please check with your home institution that your mathematics is at an appropriate level

2017 Syllabus [PDF]
This calculus-based module will provide a firm foundation in physical concepts and principles, covering kinematics and dynamics, fluids, elasticity, wave motion, sound, ideal gases, heat and thermodynamics. Applications of physical concepts will be stressed, particularly those related to biological and medical phenomena as well as those forming the basis of much of modern technology. You gain further insight into the physics taught by carrying out a series of laboratory experiments and learning how to analyse and interpret the data. 

Note: this is an intensive academic module. For a 15 credit module taken over four weeks you need to do about 100 hours of self-study over and above the scheduled 48 contact hours. This means that you should be working for about 25 hours per week in addition to attending classes. You need to bear this in mind when planning trips and travel and outside class. 

Session 2

Introductory Physics II
Module Code: IS129
Level: 4
Laboratory fee: £190 
Recommendation: See note on Introductory Physics I

2017 Syllabus [PDF]
This calculus-based module will provide a firm foundation in physical concepts and principles, covering electricity and magnetism, light, geometric optics, interference, wave-particle duality, atomic and nuclear physics. Applications of physical concepts will be stressed, particularly those related to biological and medical phenomena as well as those forming the basis of much of modern technology. You gain further insight into the physics taught by carrying out a series of laboratory experiments and learning how to analyse and interpret the data.

Note: this is an intensive academic module. For a 15 credit module taken over four weeks you need to do about 100 hours of self-study over and above the scheduled 48 contact hours. This means that you should be working for about 25 hours per week in addition to attending classes. You need to bear this in mind when planning trips and travel and outside class.

Chris’ perspective

Photo of studentStudying at the University of Sussex in the Summer of 2014 undoubtedly helped me solidify consistent and effective study habits, which ultimately helped me achieve my goal of being admitted to my dream graduate school. Effective time management for this course is a must, but Dr. Grant and the other professors at the University of Sussex make the course fun and engaging for the students! I definitely learned a lot, and wish I could've stayed longer and taken more courses with them.

Chris Hsieh
University of California, Berkeley, USA