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 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective





Successful completion of Level 2 Physics/Astrophysics

Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

This module explores the nature and evolution of the universe as a whole. It covers the Friedmann equation that describes the expansion of space, the origin of our universe in a Big Bang, and the evolution of the universe since the Big Bang. Topics include the very early universe and inflation, Big Bang nucleosynthesis, the cosmic microwave background, dark matter, dark energy, and the origin of galaxies.

This module aims to provide an overview of cosmology and show how the application of basic physics principles can lead to an understanding of the evolution of the universe as a whole.

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

20 hours lectures
5 hours tutorials
20 hours work on problems sheets
2 hours examination
103 hours directed reading/private study

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Exercise weighted 20%
Four problem sheets weighted 20%, pass mark 30%

2: Unseen Exam weighted 80%
Unseen examination weighted 80% pass mark 30%