PROGRAMME SPECIFICATION Programme title: Final award (BSc, MA etc):

Programme title:
BSc Physics with Medical Physics
Final award (BSc, MA etc):
(where stopping off points exist they should be
detailed here and defined later in the document)
UCAS code:
(where applicable)
Cohort(s) to which this programme
specification is applicable:
September 2008 onwards
(e.g. from 2015 intake onwards)
Awarding institution/body:
University College London
Teaching institution:
University College London
Engineering Sciences
Parent Department:
Medical Physics & Bioengineering
(the department responsible for the administration of
the programme)
Departmental web page address:
(if applicable)
Method of study:
Full time
Criteria for admission to the
A-levels: AAA-ABB to include Physics and Mathematics.
IB Diploma: 34-38 points overall. 16-18 points in three higher level
subjects (including Mathematics and Physics), with no score lower
than 5.
Length of the programme:
3 academic years
(please note any periods spent away from UCL, such
as study abroad or placements in industry)
Level on Framework for Higher
Education Qualifications (FHEQ)
(see Guidance notes)
Relevant subject benchmark statement
Advanced Level (Level 6)
QAA subject benchmark statement for Physics; March 2008
(see Guidance notes)
Brief outline of the structure of the
(see guidance notes)
Board of Examiners:
Name of Board of Examiners: Board of Examiners in the
Department of Medical Physics and Bioengineering
Professional body accreditation
(if applicable):
Institute of Physics
Date of next scheduled
accreditation visit: Sept 2009
To encourage students to develop critical modes of thought and study, to acquire an in-depth knowledge of the
subject and to develop a range of technical and inter-personal skills. They should be prepared for a wide variety of
careers, both within professions connected directly with physics or in a wide range of other activities.
The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding,
qualities, skills and other attributes in the following areas:
A: Knowledge and understanding
Knowledge and understanding of:
1. Theoretical structure of the core
topics in Physics and Medical
Physics, with a selection of
advanced research topics related to
both medicine and surgery
2. The mathematical basis of Physics.
3. The structure of compiled computer
Teaching/learning methods and strategies:
1 and 2. Lectures with associated problem sheets and
tutorials. Access to recommended textbooks and webmaterial. Hospital visits.
3. Lectures and workstation-based courses in first year
and (optionally) third year.
1 and 2. Unseen examinations. Continuous
assessment marks from problem sheets.
3. Online testing of computing knowledge.
B: Skills and other attributes
Intellectual (thinking) skills:
Teaching/learning methods and strategies:
1. Application of their knowledge to
unseen problems.
2. Ability to combine mathematics and
verbal explanation in a coherent
rigorous argument.
1 and 2. Fortnightly problem-sheets on all courses,
supported by tutorial discussion. Special problemsolving classes with staff+postgraduate supervision in
First year.
1 and 2. Unseen written examination. Problem sheets
used in coursework mark.
C: Skills and other attributes
Practical skills (able to):
Teaching/learning methods and strategies:
1. Carry out laboratory experiments to
demonstrate physical principles and
measure constants of Nature.
2. Use spreadsheet package to present
and calculate physics results.
3. Present results with appropriately
calculated errors.
4. Report experimental results clearly
and methodically.
5. Use computer packages for wordprocessing, webpage management
and manipulation of mathematical
6. Use compiled or interpreted computer
languages to write original programs.
7. Design an experiment and/or
computer-based investigation to study
and solve an open-ended research
1. Set experiments, starting simply in first year; more
open ended in later years. Close advice and
2, 5. and 6. Workstation-based hands-on courses;
first year, Excel, Visual Basic, Word etc;
second year Mathematica,
third year object oriented programming option
3. Supplementary lectures linked to set experiments.
4. Preparation of workbooks and detailed reports.
7. Second year mini-projects. Whole-unit or 1/2 unit
final year project.
1, 3 and 4. Grading of Lab. reports.
2, 5 and 6. Online testing and written exercises.
4. Oral presentation. Observation of group process.
Written report.
7. Observation of progress. Written and oral reports.
D: Skills and other attributes
Transferable skills (able to):
Teaching/learning methods and strategies:
Write clear accounts of scientific subjects
at a level appropriate to audiences
ranging from complete lay-people to fully
qualified colleagues.
Communications Skills course, involving essays, reports
and oral presentations running over the first three years
Essays, reports and presentations marked and included
separately in the scheme for award of honours
The following reference points were used in designing the programme:
 the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications:
 the relevant Subject Benchmark Statements:
 the programme specifications for UCL degree programmes in relevant subjects (where applicable);
 UCL teaching and learning policies;
 staff research.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the
learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes
full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information on the learning outcomes,
content and teaching, learning and assessment methods of each course unit/module can be found in the
departmental course handbook. The accuracy of the information contained in this document is reviewed annually by
UCL and may be checked by the Quality Assurance Agency.
Programme Organiser(s)
Director of Studies: Prof Alan Cottenden
Date of Production:
October 2002
Date of Review:
January 2013
Date approved by Head of
3 October 2008
Professor Jem Hebden
Date approved by Chair of
Departmental Teaching
Date approved by Faculty
Teaching Committee
3 October 2008
Dr Alan Cottenden