Mathematical Methods for Physics 3 (F3205)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

This module teaches you mathematical techniques that are of use in physics, in particular relating to the solution of differential equations. It also aims to give you experience of mathematical modelling of physical problems.

The syllabus includes the following topics:

  • fourier series
  • ordinary differential equations
  • some linear algebra
  • fourier transform
  • series solutions of differential equations
  • partial differential equations.

Careers sub-module: The aim of this sub-module is to equip students with the most important skills needed for career planning. There are skill sessions led by Career Advising experts and talks from local companies that recruit mathematics and physics graduates.


40%: Lecture
20%: Practical (Workshop)
40%: Seminar (Class, Seminar)


30%: Coursework (Portfolio, Problem set)
70%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 106 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: