Undergraduate Course: Advanced Cosmology (PHYS11035)
|School||School of Physics and Astronomy
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is intended to present the current understanding of some of the main topics in cosmology, at a sufficiently high level that it allows a contact with the research literature. The focus will be on the development of structure in the universe, and how this can be related to cosmological initial conditions and exotic physical processes that operate at early times and energies. The course will be self-contained, but builds on the material covered in Cosmology; prior success at this course is STRONGLY recommended. Students should be aware that this is an advanced course and those with little or no previous experience in cosmology are strongly advised to discuss whether it is appropriate to enrol with their Personal Tutor. Familiarity with General Relativity will be an advantage.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed
Cosmology (PHYS10101) AND
General Relativity (PHYS11010)
||Other requirements|| It is RECOMMENDED that Students have passed Astrophysics: Galaxies and Cosmology (PHYS10112)
Students should be aware that this is an advanced course and those with little or no previous experience of cosmology are strongly advised to discuss whether it is appropriate to enrol with their Personal Tutor
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 14,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Revision Session Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Degree Examination, 100%
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Be able to qualitatively describe the theoretical basis of and the principal observational evidence for the standard cosmological model.
- Be able to derive kinematical quantities and properties of light travel within an expanding Universe.
- Be able to compute the relic abundance of elementary particles under a range of physical circumstances.
- Understand the role of scalar fields in driving cosmological inflation and compute observational outcomes of simple models.
- Be able to describe, with some mathematical content, the evolution of density perturbations and their relation to cosmic microwave background anisotropies.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Avery Meiksin
Tel: (0131) 668 8355
|Course secretary||Ms Louise McCarte
Tel: 0131 668 8403