Quantum Mechanics 1 (F3239)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

Quantum mechanics describes the often unintuitive behaviour of the very small such as electrons and photons.This fundamental theory in physics is at the core of modern technology and helps explain how transistors work.

This theory is now at the centre of completely new technologies called quantum technologies. They including quantum sensors, quantum communication devices and quantum computers, and are currently being developed around the world.

In this module you will gain an understanding of the basic characteristics of quantum systems using differential and integral calculus. This will include familiarising yourself with the Schroedinger equation and perturbation theory and learning how to apply it to relevant systems.


51%: Lecture
23%: Practical (Workshop)
26%: Seminar (Class)


20%: Coursework (Problem set)
80%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 160 hours of work. This breaks down into about 43 hours of contact time and about 117 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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


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