PHY-30001 - Cosmology
Coordinator: Coel Hellier Room: LJ2.04 Tel: +44 1782 7 34243
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 734921

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective





The student should develop a knowledge of modern cosmology at the appropriate level for an undergraduate, should understand how cosmology fits into wider physics, should be aware of the observational data underpinning cosmology, should be able to apply mathematical models to cosmology and should be able to problem-solve topics related to cosmology.

Barred Combinations

describe and understand cosmological models: 1,2
describe and understand observations relevant to cosmology: 1,2
apply mathematical techniques to cosmology; make calculations regarding cosmology: 1,2
solve problems related to cosmology: 1,2

Description for 2022/23

The modules shows how the application of physical principles to the universe explains how the universe evolves, from its origin in the Big Bang to modern times, and how that origin sets the nature of the universe we see today.

24 hours lectures/tutorials. 30 hours directed study on problem sheets. 2 hours examination. 94 hours independent study.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

A successful student should be able to demonstrate systematic understanding of the cosmological observations
and be able to apply physics principles to the universe as a whole [1, 2].
A successful student should be able to calculate conditions in the universe at different times and use
mathematics to relate the theory with the observations [1, 2].

Study hours

Successful completion of Level 2 Physics/Astrophysics

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Problem Sheets weighted 20%
Four problem sheets weighted 20%

2: Exam weighted 80%
2 hour Unseen examination weighted 80%.