Optics, Waves and Modern Physics (F3238)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Spring teaching

An introductory module covering: 

  • Waves and physical optics (waves, interference and superposition, wave optics)
  • Modern physics (the quantum world, the nature of the atom, nuclear physics)


77%: Lecture
23%: 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 43 hours of contact time and about 107 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: