Theoretical Physics (F3217)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

An introduction to common methods of theoretical physics, focussing on classical mechanics but including relativity and some electrodynamics, in particular the covariant formulation. The module also introduces and applies relevant mathematical concepts, such as Lagrangians, least-action principle, four-vectors and tensors.


75%: Lecture
25%: Practical (Workshop)


20%: Coursework (Problem set)
80%: Examination (Computer-based 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: