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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PHYS5014M Research Project

60 creditsClass Size: 85

Module manager: Dr Simon Connell

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

Year running 2023/24

Module replaces

PHYS5013M (45 redit Research Project)

This module is not approved as an Elective


On successful completion of the module students will be able to:

1. Conduct a detailed literature search.
2. Carry out original research under supervision.
3. Deliver presentations including scientific concepts, results and methodology and answer related questions.
4. Present scientific concepts, results and methodology in extended formal scientific English with illustrations and figures and references to literature sources as necessary
5. Communicate complex concepts succinctly and coherently, defend results and methodology and answer related questions in one-to-one situations.
6. Demonstrate time management and prioritisation skills and deliver work to deadlines.

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 exectue a major scientific project
- Presentation skills
- Time management and prioritisation skills.


- Selection of project
- Literature search
- Laboratory work or computation as appropriate to carry out project; preparation of draft report
- Group presentations
- Preparation of final report and for viva voce and presentations.

Note: Physics with Astrophysics and Physics with Nanotechnology students carry out projects in astrophysics and nanotechnology respectively.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours400.00
Total Contact hours200.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

This is an independent research module. Each project will vary according to the needs of the particular research question being addressed. Suggested time allocation for private study are listed below
Self study/research: 300 hours
- Preparing for presentations: 10 hours
- Writing final project: 90 hours
- Suggested reading will be available from your supervisor.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

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

The supervisor provides guidance on the preparation for a presentation and a viva voce and also on the form of the report.

An assessor is appointed to monitor the progress of the work and offer advice if required.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentContinuous assessment30.00
ReportFinal project report35.00
In-course AssessmentInterim assessment10.00
AssignmentProject notebook (pass/fail)0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Students must submit a serious attempt at all assessments in order to pass the module overall. Students who only need to resit the components that need no further continuously assessed work, may be allowed to resit this module as an external student. Students who have not satisfactorily completed the continuous assessment components will be required to resit the module with teaching. Such students will usually be assigned a new project, but may be restricted in the choice of projects available.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 29/11/2023 11:43:52


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