Natural Sciences

MSci in Mathematics and Physics within the Natural Sciences programme (FGC0): 2022-2023

The current course structure is shown in the table below that consists of modules which must be studied in the appropriate year - click on the module code for the current module content. After Year 1, students focus solely on studying Mathematics and Physics. If students don't wish to take a particular module or include a third subject then it may be possible take up the option of the more flexible "MSci in Natural Sciences degree. The subjects in which modules have been taken successfully in the final two years are as follows: Mathematics and Physics". As the rules below permit, students may take up to 80 credits in one subject and no less than 40 credits in the other subject and always take precisely 120 credits in one year.

Year 1
Mathematics60 credits: Analysis I (MATH1051), Calculus I (MATH1061), Linear Algebra I (MATH1071)
Physics60 credits: Foundations Of Physics 1 (PHYS1122) and Discovery Skills In Physics (PHYS1101)
Year 2
Mathematics60 credits: Complex Analysis II (MATH2011), Analysis In Many Variables II (MATH2031) and another 20 credits from Level 2.
Note: Mathematical Physics II (MATH2071) or Theoretical Physics 2 (PHYS2631) must be taken.
Physics60 credits: Foundations Of Physics 2A (PHYS2581), (Discovery Skills In Physics (PHYS1101) or Foundations Of Physics 2B (PHYS2591) if Discovery Skills In Physics (PHYS1101) already taken) and another 20 credits of Level 2 Physics.
Note: Mathematical Physics II (MATH2071) or Theoretical Physics 2 (PHYS2631) must be taken.
Year 3
Mathematics60 credits: from the list of Mathematics modules that are starred at Level 3
Physics60 credits: Foundations Of Physics 3A (PHYS3621), (Theoretical Physics 3 (PHYS3661) if Theoretical Physics 2 (PHYS2631) was already taken or 20 credits from the Physics list) and (EITHER Foundations Of Physics 3C (PHYS3671) OR Foundations Of Physics 2B (PHYS2591) if Foundations Of Physics 2B (PHYS2591) not already taken OR 20 credits from the Physics list)
Year 4
Mathematics40 credits: from the Level 4 starred Mathematics list and (Project IV (MATH4072) or Project (PHYS4213))
Physics20 credits: 20 or 40 credits from the list of Level 4 Physics modules.
Students must take a Dissertation/Project module in Year 4 from the following list:
Project modules40 credit (MATH4072); 60 credit (PHYS4213);
Further details about the modules in the Mathematics list.
Further details about the modules in the Physics list.

Below is an example of modules that are timetabled to satisfy these rules except in Year 4 where the set may not satisfy the rules above to increase flexibility of choice of modules. Click on the single digit numbered link on the left to see a sample timetable and the module code to see details about the module such as content, contact hours, teaching methods and assessment methods.

1Math1051 (MATH1051)Math1061 (MATH1061)Math1071 (MATH1071)Phys1101 (PHYS1101)Phys1122 (PHYS1122)      
2Math2011 (MATH2011)Math2031 (MATH2031)Math2581 (MATH2581)Phys1101 (PHYS1101)Phys2581 (PHYS2581)Phys2631 (PHYS2631)     
2Math2011 (MATH2011)Math2031 (MATH2031)Math2627 (MATH2627)Math2657 (MATH2657)Phys2581 (PHYS2581)Phys2591 (PHYS2591)Phys2631 (PHYS2631)    
3Math3021 (MATH3021)Math3101 (MATH3101)Math3231 (MATH3231)Phys3621 (PHYS3621)Phys3631 (PHYS3631)Phys3661 (PHYS3661)     
3Math3021 (MATH3021)Math3101 (MATH3101)Math3231 (MATH3231)Phys3621 (PHYS3621)Phys3651 (PHYS3651)Phys3661 (PHYS3661)     
3Math3091 (MATH3091)Math3281 (MATH3281)Math3391 (MATH3391)Phys3621 (PHYS3621)Phys3631 (PHYS3631)Phys3661 (PHYS3661)     
4Math4051 (MATH4051)Math4061 (MATH4061)Math4231 (MATH4231)Phys4121 (PHYS4121)Phys4141 (PHYS4141)Phys4181 (PHYS4181)     
4Math4051 (MATH4051)Math4061 (MATH4061)Math4171 (MATH4171)Phys4213 (PHYS4213)       
4Math4051 (MATH4051)Math4061 (MATH4061)Math4231 (MATH4231)Phys4213 (PHYS4213)       
4Math4051 (MATH4051)Math4061 (MATH4061)Math4171 (MATH4171)Phys4121 (PHYS4121)Phys4141 (PHYS4141)Phys4181 (PHYS4181)     

Note that:

  • You can vary the balance between the two subjects in all years assuming the rules below and timetable will allow it.

  • Not all combinations of the modules which make up the degree rules are guaranteed to timetable, but one set will.
  • If no student is following the Joint-Honours degree in a given year, then we do not ask for modules to be timetabled for that cohort in the following year.
  • The timetable changes each year.
  • Future changes in the Joint-Honours rules are either flagged up in the programme regulations in the Faculty Handbook or in the Mathematics/Physics advice.
  • Students are welcome to suggest to the Director better guaranteed combinations, but due to the quality assurance process and timetabling the lead in time is one year.

For more information about the Natural Sciences degree programme, please contact:

Dr. James Blowey
Deputy Head of Faculty
Faculty of Science Office
Level 3 Chemistry Building
Durham University

Email: Natural Sciences Director

WWW: Natural Sciences home page

The Natural Sciences web pages are maintained by James Blowey