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Theoretical Physics: Junior Sophister year

During their Junior Sophister year, students take 30 ECTS credits of compulsory modules in Mathematics, 20 ECTS credits of compulsory modules in Physics and 10 ECTS credits of Open Modules. A precise list of the available options is given below. Unless indicated otherwise, each module is worth 5 ECTS credits.

Yearlong Compulsory Modules

Practical in theoretical physics (10 ECTS)

Semester 1 Compulsory Modules

Classical field theory
Quantum mechanics I
Statistical physics I
Atomic physics & Statistical thermodynamics

Semester 1 Open Modules

Analysis in several real variables
Combinatorics
Topics in complex analysis I
Stellar and galactic structure
Computer simulation I
Probability and theoretical statistics
Students take the compulsory modules listed above and 1 Open Module each semester. STU23501 has a quota of 10 students and modules listed with an asterisk are offered every other year.

Semester 2 Compulsory Modules

Classical electrodynamics
Quantum mechanics II
Statistical physics II
Condensed matter I

Semester 2 Open Modules

Calculus on manifolds
Fixed point theorems and economic equilibria
Condensed Matter II: Semiconductor Physics
Applied probability II
Students take the compulsory modules listed above and 1 Open Module each semester. STU22005 has a quota of 10 students and modules listed with an asterisk are offered every other year.

General regulations for undergraduate students

The general regulations that apply to all undergraduate students are outlined in the College Calendar (Part II). The following is only a brief summary of some important points and it is not meant to either replace or override the information in the College Calendar.

  • All students must register for 60 ECTS credits and those must be divided equally between the two terms.
  • Students will only be assessed on their registered modules.
  • Results for examinations are published according to the following grades: I = 70 to 100, II.1 = 60 to 69, II.2 = 50 to 59, III = 40 to 49, F1 = 30 to 39, F2 = 0 to 29.
  • In order to pass an individual module, students must achieve an overall score of 40% or higher.
  • In order to pass the year, students must achieve an overall credit-weighted average of 40% and EITHER
    • pass each of their modules (by achieving 40% or higher in each of their modules) OR
    • pass by compensation (by achieving 40% or higher in modules that are worth at least 50 ECTS credits and by achieving 35% or higher in their remaining modules).
  • Students who do not pass the year at the end of the Hilary term are required to present for reassessment at the beginning of the next Michaelmas term. These students will be reassessed in all failed components of the modules for which they obtained a score below 40%.
  • Students who do not manage to pass the year at the reassessment session must repeat the year in full (i.e., they must repeat all their modules and all their assessment components).

These regulations apply since the academic year 2018/19.

Sources of Information

The University of Dublin Calendar

All courses within Trinity College are administered in accordance with the regulations set out in the The University of Dublin Calendar which is published annually. The section of the Calendar setting out the general regulations of the College is published separately in the booklet General Regulations and Information and Board Statement on Safety which is distributed to all students on admission to College.

Important information


Please note that The University of Dublin Calendar should be consulted for definitive information about the rules, regulations, and activities of the University.

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This course is funded by the Irish government under the National Development Plan 2007-2013 and aided by the European Social Fund (ESF) under the Human Capital Investment Operational Programme 2007-2013.