Electromagnetism - PHYS5040

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 5 15 (7.5) Silvia Ramos Perez checkmark-circle


This module looks to introduce a range of important laws and principles relating to the physics of electromagnetism and optics. Students will also learn mathematical techniques to enable the modelling of physical behaviour and apply important theory to a range of electromagnetism and optics scenarios.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 36
Private study hours: 114
Total study hours: 150


This is not available as a wild module.

Method of assessment

Coursework (20 hrs) 30%, consisting of
Homework 1 (10 hours, 15%)
Homework 2 (10 hours, 15%)
Exam (2 hours) 70%

Indicative reading

D.J. Griffiths, Introduction to Electrodynamics, 3rd Ed. (1999), Prentice Hall
Tipler, P. A., Physics, 4th Ed., W.E. Freeman
E Hecht, Optics, 2nd Ed. (1987), Addison-Wesley

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical laws and principles in Electromagnetism and Optics, and their application to diverse areas of physics.
Demonstrate an ability to identify relevant principles and laws when dealing with problems in Electromagnetism and Optics, and to make approximations necessary to obtain solutions.
Demonstrate an ability to solve problems in Electromagnetism and Optics using appropriate mathematical tools.
Demonstrate an ability to use mathematical techniques and analysis to model physical behaviour in Electromagnetism and Optics.
Demonstrate an ability to present and interpret information graphically.
Demonstrate an ability to make use of appropriate texts, research-based materials or other learning resources as part of managing their own learning.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of problem-solving skills, in the context of both problems with well-defined solutions and open-ended problems; an ability to formulate problems in precise terms and to identify key issues, and the confidence to try different approaches in order to make progress on challenging problems. Numeracy is subsumed within this area.
Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of Analytical skills – associated with the need to pay attention to detail and to develop an ability to manipulate precise and intricate ideas, to construct logical arguments and to use technical language correctly.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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