Physical science, mathematics and computer science

The curriculum for this course will comprise academic input from four departments within the Faculty of Science, which encompasses the following subject areas: mathematics and statistics, physics and astronomy, chemistry and computer science.

Lecture content will be taught by academic staff and will be underpinned by additional practical sessions in laboratories and on field trips, with experienced graduate students assisting.

Examples of topics students might expect:

  • forensic statistics
  • building circuits and programming with Arduino
  • changing the biorefinery process, a solution for tomorrow’s world
  • fluid dynamics
  • cryptography: how safe are your secrets?

Examples of laboratory sessions students might expect:

  • lasers and diffraction
  • astronomy
  • preparation of biodiesel from vegetable oil
  • electronic bagpipes
  • isolation of pigments from leaves.

These examples are a sample and are based on previous years, although topics may change based on the curriculum chosen by the department in any given year.

The academic course is enhanced by field trips to sites of scientific interest, and cultural enrichment is provided through the general ISP programme, which includes an extensive programme of social and cultural activities, sports and much more.