Waves and Matter

Module code: FS0043

In this module you will learn about different wave phenomena and explore the fundamental states and properties of matter. You will explore how energy can be used and stored across a wide range of scales, and lean how physical systems are constrained by the laws of thermodynamics

Topics covered

  • Wave phenomena and optical systems
  • Solids, liquids, and gases
  • Heat, energy, and power
  • Thermodynamics 


  • 20 hours of lectures
  • 20 hours of practicals and workshops
  • 110 hours of independent study


  • Core learning exercises (20%)
  • Workshop engagement (20%)
  • Exam, 2 hours (60%)