Honour School of Mathematical and Theoretical Physics

A

In the following ‘the Course Handbook’ refers to the Mathematical and Theoretical Physics Handbook and supplements to this published by the Joint Supervisory Committee for Mathematical and Theoretical Physics [For students starting before MT 2015: and also posted on the website at https://www.maths.ox.ac.uk/current-students/undergraduates/handbooks-synopses].

The Divisional Board of Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences shall appoint for the supervision of the course a supervisory committee, which shall have the power to approve lectures and other instruction. The committee shall appoint a Director of Studies who will be responsible for ensuring that the programme is set up and the decisions of the committee are carried out.

  • 1. The subject of Honour School of Mathematical and Theoretical Physics shall be Mathematical and Theoretical Physics and related subjects.

  • 2. The Examination in the Honour School of Mathematical and Theoretical Physics shall be under the supervision of the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Board. The Board shall have power from time to time to frame and vary regulations for different parts and subjects of the examination.

  • 3. The examination in the Honour School of Mathematical and Theoretical Physics shall consist of one Part only, namely Part C, and each candidate shall follow a course of study in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics for three terms.

  • 4. A candidate may only be admitted to the examination in this School if he or she:

    • (a) was, at the time of taking their Part B examinations, registered for the four year course in one of the following Honour Schools: Mathematics, Physics, or Physics and Philosophy;

    • (b) has achieved an upper second class Honours or higher in their Part B examinations referred to in (a) above;

    • (c) has applied for and been accepted for entry to Part C in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics in accordance with the procedure set out in the Handbook for Mathematical and Theoretical Physics;

    • (d) enters the Mathematical and Theoretical Physics Part C examinations in the academic year after taking their Part B examinations.

  • (a) and (b) above are necessary minimum conditions of eligibility to transfer to Part C in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics after the Part B examinations. Candidates wishing to transfer will also have to apply to transfer as stated in (c) above by the end of week 1 of Hilary Term of their third year. To be accepted they will have to satisfy the other requirements set out in the Handbook for Mathematical and Theoretical Physics from time to time. These requirements may specify the subject matter of the papers chosen for their Part A and Part B examinations (where relevant), the marks achieved in those papers, the overall mark achieved in their Part A and Part B examinations, and an assessment of their overall aptitude for Mathematical and Theoretical Physics. The Handbook for Mathematical and Theoretical Physics shall set out the subject matter of optional papers that candidates should follow in Part A or Part B to maximize their chances of being accepted for transfer to Mathematical and Theoretical Physics at Part C. For this purpose, this Handbook shall be available by the start of Michaelmas Term in the year in which a candidate starts Part A in Mathematics, Physics, or Physics and Philosophy.

  • 5. A candidate who has transferred to Part C in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics in accordance with cl.4 above is permitted transfer to Part C of the Honour School in which he or she was registered at the time of his or her Part B examination up to the end of Week 4 of the Michaelmas Term in which he or she first registered for Part C in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics, so long as that candidate has not opted to supplicate for the degree of Bachelor of Arts under cl.8 below.

  • 6. The result of the Mathematical and Theoretical Physics Part C examination will be published in terms of Distinction, Pass, or Fail.

  • 7.

    • (a) A candidate who obtains a Distinction or Pass in the Mathematical and Theoretical Physics Part C may supplicate for the degree of Master in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics provided that the candidate has fulfilled all the conditions for admission to a degree of the University.

    • (b) For such a candidate, the Examiners of the Honours School in which the candidate sat Parts A and B shall classify and publish the combined results of the examinations in Part A and Part B, and the examiners for the Honour School of Mathematical and Theoretical Physics shall separately assess and publish the results in Part C.

    • (c) Such a candidate will receive a classification for Parts A and B in the subject in which he or she sat those Parts, and a separate result for Part C in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics.

  • 8. A candidate in the final year of a four-year course, registered for Part C in Mathematical and Theoretical Physics, but who does not enter Part C, or who fails to obtain a Distinction or Pass in Part C, is permitted to supplicate for the Honours degree in the subject in which he or she sat Parts A and B (namely the Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Physics, or Physics and Philosophy respectively), with the classification he or she obtained in Parts A and B together; provided that no such candidate may later enter or re-enter the Part C year or supplicate for the degree of Master of Mathematics, Master of Physics, Master of Physics and Philosophy, or Master of Mathematics and Physics; and provided in each case that the candidate has fulfilled all the conditions for admission to a degree of the University.

  • 9. A candidate on the four-year course who fails to satisfy the Examiners in Part C may retake Part C on at most one subsequent occasion, not later than one year after the initial attempt. In such a case the examiners will specify at the time of failure which components of the examination may or must be redone.

B

  • 1. Candidates will complete and be assessed on the following parts:

    • (i) [For students starting before MT 2015: Candidates will offer 10 units with one unit corresponding to a 16 hour lecture course.] [For students starting from MT 2015: Candidates will offer a minimum of 10 units for examination but may offer further units if they wish, subject to the guidance in the Course Handbook. One unit corresponds to a 16 hour lecture course.]

    • (ii) At least four units will be assessed by written examination.

    • (iii) The other units will be assessed by marked course work, take­home papers or mini-­projects. The Course Handbook will specify which units will be assessed by each method mentioned above [For students starting from MT 2015: and sets out the rules governing submission of coursework. In addition, for certain courses, and electronic copy may be required. Details of the courses to which this applies, and instructions for the online submission process will be included in the Notice to Candidates that applies to the candidates of the Honour School of Mathematical and Theoretical Physics].

    • (iv) [For students starting before MT 2015: Candidates may offer one unit which is a dissertation. The dissertation will follow the guidelines and procedures of the Part C Mathematics course outlined in the Special Regulations for the Honour School of Mathematics.] [For students starting from MT 2015: Candidates may offer a dissertation which may count as one or two units.  The dissertation will follow the guidelines and procedures of the Part C Mathematics course outlined in the Special Regulations for the Honour School of Mathematics.]

    • (v) Candidates will be required to attend an oral examination at the end of the course of studies.

  • The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.

  • 2. Syllabus and examination details will be published each year in the Course Handbook and on the course web pages by the beginning of Michaelmas Full Term in the academic year of the examination.