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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PHYS5018M MSc Project

75 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Dr Adam Sweetman

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications


This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of the module a student should be able to:
- plan a programme of research work together with the supervisor.
- operate effectively as a team when more than one person is working on the project, with the supervisor, other members of the research group, and project partners where appropriate.
- present a written report in good scientific language.
- deliver an oral presentation on the project.
- describe, defend, and criticise the project during a viva-voce.

Learning outcomes
Solve advanced problems in physics using appropriate mathematical tools;
Use mathematical techniques and analysis to model physical behaviour and interpret mathematical descriptions of physical phenomena.
Demonstrate a working knowledge of a variety of experimental, mathematical and/or computational techniques applicable to current research within physics.
Plan and execute an investigation, critically analyse the results and draw valid conclusions, evaluate the level of uncertainty in results and compare with theoretical predictions or published data.
Communicate complex scientific ideas concisely, accurately and informatively.
Manage own learning and make use of appropriate texts, research articles and other primary sources.

Skills outcomes
- The ability to plan and execute a major scientific project.
- Oral and written presentation skills.
- Time management and prioritisation skills.


- Selection of project
- Literature search
- Plan the project
- Laboratory work / computation / theory as appropriate to carry out project;
- preparation of interim report
- Preparation of final report
- Viva voce and oral presentation.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent Learning01.00600.00
Private study hours120.00
Total Contact hours630.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)750.00

Private study

This is an independent research module. Each project will vary according to the needs of the particular research question being addressed, and may be experimental, theoretical or computational in nature. Suggested time allocation listed below:
- Undertaking project: 600 hours
- Preparing for presentations: 20 hours
- Writing plans and reports: 100 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress is monitored at weekly meetings with the supervisor(s) as well as by regular informal meetings during the course of the work.

The supervisor provides guidance on the preparation for project plan, oral presentation, viva voce and reports.

An assessor is appointed to monitor the progress of the work and offer advice as required and joint;ly assess the assignments.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectAssessment by staff of student's ability to plan project, manage time and respond to problems as they arise.35.00
In-course AssessmentProject Plan - Simple plan of work in light of literature review module.5.00
Written WorkInterim short report to take stock of work in light of plans and have practice of writing in correct style.5.00
EssayFinal report.35.00
PresentationViva Voce10.00
Oral PresentationPresentation to research group.10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 29/08/2019


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