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Mathematics and Physics

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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This is a follow on option from LM124 Mathematical Sciences (Common Entry) or LM125 Physics (Common Entry)

This course seeks to provide a genuine mixture of the two subject areas of Mathematics and Physics. In addition to developing core and advanced mathematical skills, learners will be provided with training in fundamental physics, spanning mechanics to quantum mechanics, and in state-of-the-art applications of physics, such as nanotechnology.

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LM124 - Mathematics and Physics
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LM124 - Mathematics and Physics
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Careers open to you with a degree in Mathematics and Physics include;

  • Physicist
  • Meteorologist
  • Patent Agent
  • Planetary Scientist
  • Acoustical Physicist
  • Teacher

Other examples are the financial services industry where physics underlies much of financial modeling. The combined mathematical and physics content will train students to have analytical minds, to develop logical problem solving abilities, and will give you the ability to apply this knowledge. Employers value these assets highly and often hire mathematicians and physicists even though their specific training might not be directly relevant to the job on offer.

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