Develop knowledge and skills to explore the smallest and largest scales of the Universe. Apply the concepts of classical physics, quantum physics and relativity to study radiation and matter, from subatomic particles to supermassive black holes. You'll learn to describe, analyse, test and explain phenomena in the physical world objectively and quantitatively, using appropriate mathematical tools and experimental methods. Our learning resources combine the latest technologies and traditional media ? prepared by academics who are passionate about their subject and active researchers in their field. This accredited degree takes you from a broad appreciation of science to the cutting edge of contemporary physics.
Physics is one of the most exciting intellectual adventures of our age. Learning physics will change the way you think about the world. This certificate provides a wide-ranging introduction to physics and its applications. Topics include classical mechanics, thermal physics, fields, waves, relativity, and quantum physics of solids, atoms and nuclei. Many of them set in their historical context. It also introduces experimental physics.
Take your understanding of concepts, theories and applications in pure and applied mathematics to graduate level. You can also include optional statistics, theoretical physics or mathematics education. You'll cover a wide range of topics and develop an understanding of mathematical problems and approaches. Practise with essential methods and tools, and increase your familiarity with mathematical software. Gain an appreciation of the role and construction of rigorous proof. And build your experience of communicating mathematical arguments and conclusions.
Develop your knowledge and understanding of theoretical physics and the underpinning mathematics. This degree will teach you how to use essential techniques and relevant software. Explore fundamental physics concepts, including Newtonian mechanics, special relativity, electromagnetism and quantum mechanics. Practise using applied mathematics tools, including mathematical methods, modelling and numerical methods. You'll also learn skills in communicating clear and concise arguments and conclusions.
You will need a computer with internet access to study for this qualification.
For most OU qualifications a Microsoft Windows (new since 2007), Apple Mac (OS X 10.6 or later) or Linux computer should be adequate.
However, some qualifications require more specific IT equipment, in which case you will need additional software to use an Apple Mac or Linux computer.
A detailed technical specification for your modules will be made available when you register.
Please note, technical specifications do change over time to match computer developments and the way we teach.
Develop the knowledge and skills needed to explore the smallest and largest scales of the Universe. You'll learn to describe, analyse, test and explain phenomena in the physical world objectively and quantitatively, using appropriate mathematical tools and experimental methods.
This certificate offers a broad introduction to core science subjects while developing essential study skills. You'll explore biology, chemistry, earth sciences, environmental sciences, physics, astronomy and planetary science.