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PHYS3004 Advanced Techniques in Physics (Joint Honours)

20 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Gavin Burnell

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is mutually exclusive with

PHYS3001Advanced Techniques in Experimental Physics
PHYS3002Advanced Techniques in Astrophysics
PHYS3003Advanced Techniques in Theoretical Physics
PHYS3160Physics Project (Jh)

Module replaces


This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The ability to apply physical understanding and higher level problem solving skills to the processes in designing and carrying out experimental studies is essential for both higher level academic study in applied and experimental sciences and to many professional careers for science professionals. This module forms the bridge between the first and second year laboratory physics courses and the research focussed, open-ended projects of the 4th year programmes. In this module, students carry out extended, open-ended studies using techniques common place in the experimental research programmes of the school of Physics to hone skills in experimentation, data handling and analysis.


This module will give the students and increased awareness of skills required in preparing, conducting, analysing and interpreting of a wide range of advanced experimental physics techniques and data sets through the use of appropriate measurement, data analysis and statistical approaches and to communicate and defend their work in a variety of professional contexts.

Learning outcomes
n successful completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Perform or evaluate advanced physics experiments using high-tech experimental and analytical techniques.
2. Explain and apply a range of experimental, statistical and computational analytical techniques to data.
3. Develop problem solving skills and practical approaches to troubleshooting calculations and simulations and time management, planning and delivering work to deadlines.
4. Deliver presentations including scientific concepts, results and methodology s and answer related questions.
5. Present scientific concepts, results and methodology in extended formal scientific English with illustrations and figures and references to literature sources as necessary
6. Communicate complex concepts succinctly and coherently, defend results and methodology and answer related questions in one-to-one situations.


Each student undertakes 2 "mini-projects" of 3 weeks from a list of appropriate techniques to experimental physics.
The list of potential projects reflects the research activity in the School of Physics and Astronomy, a typical list would include techniques in electrical transport measurements, low temperature measurements, laser-based spectroscopy measurements, thermal and mechanical property determination, surface probe microscopy techniques.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours96.00
Total Contact hours104.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Pre-lab preparation, background reading and research, data analysis, oral presentation preparation, viva voce preparation, formal report preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular meetings with mini-project supervisors and demonstrators and discussion of interim results.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportFormal Report30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Students must submit a serious attempt at all assessments, in order to pass the module overall.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:55:13


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