Physics (F3)

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HESA Subject Description CUG Subject
Physics (F300) The study of the properties of matter and energy and the relationships between them, making extensive use of mathematical techniques and models. May include mechanics, optics, electricity, magnetism and acoustics. May also include atomic, nuclear, particle and solid state studies. Physics & Astronomy
Applied physics (F310) Topics in physics of commercial or social importance. Physics & Astronomy
Engineering physics (F311) Physical principles and techniques applied to engineering and technology. Physics & Astronomy
Chemical physics (F320) Concerned with central area of physical science, integrating chemistry and physics. Physics & Astronomy
Solid-state physics (F321) Study of the structure of solids and the explanation of their properties. Physics & Astronomy
Environmental physics (F330) Aspects of physics concerned with environmental issues. Physics & Astronomy
Atmospheric physics (F331) The study of the Earth's stratosphere, troposphere and upper atmosphere including atmospheric kinetics and water in the atmosphere. Physics & Astronomy
Marine physics (F332) The study of the physical properties of the marine environment. Physics & Astronomy
Mathematical & theoretical physics (F340) The mathematical principles and techniques of physics theory and explanation of physical phenomena. Physics & Astronomy
Electromagnetism (F341) The study of the interaction of charges in electromagnetic fields. Physics & Astronomy
Quantum mechanics (F342) Description and analysis of sub-atomic behaviour. Physics & Astronomy
Computational physics (F343) Numerical and quantitative methods in physics. Physics & Astronomy
Medical physics (F350) The application of Physics to the medical sciences. Physics & Astronomy
Radiation physics (F351) Monitoring and evaluation of emissions from sources of radiation. Physics & Astronomy
Optical physics (F360) The study of optics as a natural phenomenon and optical instrumentation. Physics & Astronomy
Laser physics (F361) The study of lasers as optical instrumentation. Physics & Astronomy
Nuclear & particle physics (F370) The study of matter at atomic and sub-atomic level, and of the structure and behaviour of nuclei. Physics & Astronomy
Acoustics (F380) The study of the propagation and transmission of sound waves. Physics & Astronomy
Physics not elsewhere classified (F390) Miscellaneous grouping for related subjects which do not fit into the other Physics categories. To be used sparingly. Physics & Astronomy