Undergraduate Course: Topics in Mathematical Physics A (MATH11227)
Course Outline
School  School of Mathematics 
College  College of Science and Engineering 
Credit level (Normal year taken)  SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate) 
Availability  Available to all students 
SCQF Credits  10 
ECTS Credits  5 
Summary  For centuries, Physics has motivated many developments in Mathematics and particularly in recent decades we have witnessed a remarkable and fruitful exchange of ideas between branches of pure mathematics on the one hand and fundamental physics on the other. This has led to dramatic advances on both sides, earning Fields Medals for some of the leading practitioners. This course aims to highlight areas at the interface of mathematics and physics that motivate some of the research in the School. 
Course description 
The topic may vary from year to year. Possible topics include:
 Supersymmetry
 Black holes
 Gauge theory
 String theory
 Integrability
 TQFT
 Mathematical techniques applicable to Mathematical Physics
For 2024/25 the topic of this course is planned to be Black Holes.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Prerequisites 
Students MUST have passed:
Differential Geometry (MATH11235) It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed
Geometry of General Relativity (MATH11138)

Corequisites  
Prohibited Combinations  
Other requirements  Students that did not previously take Geometry of General Relativity (MATH11138) must take this as a corequisite
Note that PGT students on School of Mathematics MSc programmes are not required to have taken prerequisite courses, but they are advised to check that they have studied the material covered in the syllabus of each prerequisite course before enrolling. 
Information for Visiting Students
Prerequisites  None 
High Demand Course? 
Yes 
Course Delivery Information

Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1)

Quota: None 
Course Start 
Semester 2 
Timetable 
Timetable 
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) 
Total Hours:
100
(
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
68 )

Assessment (Further Info) 
Written Exam
80 %,
Coursework
20 %,
Practical Exam
0 %

Additional Information (Assessment) 
Coursework : 20%, Examination : 80% 
Feedback 
Not entered 
Exam Information 
Exam Diet 
Paper Name 
Hours & Minutes 

Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)  Topics in Mathematical Physics A (MATH11227)  2:00   Resit Exam Diet (August)  Topics in Mathematical Physics A  2:00  
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
 Demonstrate an understanding on the important results in the topic area by giving examples or by solving unseen problems.
 Derive key steps in how these results are obtained.
 Relate (when possible & relevant) these results to other subjects
 Explain the underlying definitions in the topic area.

Reading List
Dependant on the topic area. 
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 
Not entered 
Keywords  TMPh,Mathematical Physics,Physical Mathematics 
Contacts
Course organiser  Dr James Lucietti
Tel: (0131 6)51 7179
Email: J.Lucietti@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Mr Martin Delaney
Tel: (0131 6)50 6427
Email: Martin.Delaney@ed.ac.uk 

