PHY8007 : Research Project

Semester 2 Credit Value: 60
Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
ECTS Credits: 60.0


The aims of the module are to:
1. Allow students to undertake an advanced research project within a first class research environment exploring an area of experimental or theoretical physics.
2. To develop the students skills at critical thinking, problem solving and advanced analytic methods.
3. To enable students to develop a range of professional and key skills, which will enable them to engage in teaching and/or research at an advanced level in higher education or in a senior professional capacity in other fields of employment.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will be able to choose from a list of projects offered by academic supervisors within the University or arrange their own project under the supervision of an appropriate member of the academic staff of the University.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture401:0040:00Attendance at research group seminars
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00Preparation of oral presentation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00Preparation of abstract
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1601:00160:00Preparation of project dissertation
Guided Independent StudyProject work9401:00940:00Time spent on supervised and independent research
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision301:0030:00Time with supervisors and other members of research team related directly to the research project
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students will carry out guided but independent original research, through which they will apply and develop skills in planning and recording research, and data recording and analysis. Students will be guided primarily by regular meetings with their supervisor. They will be embedded within a research group and so gain peer feedback from dialogue within the research group, as well as a broader understanding of their research area. At the end of semester 2 the student will prepare a scientific abstract and poster presentation. At the end of semester 3 the student will prepare their dissertation report and give an oral presentation. This engagement in the research project embeds all of the intended knowledge outcomes and practices and develops skills.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation203M20Oral presentation
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M5A scientific abstract
Poster2M15Poster presentation
Dissertation3M60Dissertation, in the format & structure of a 2-column journal manuscript up to 15 pages long, excluding references and appendices.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The dissertation tests the student’s ability to write in a style suitable for publication in the scientific literature, critically evaluate their own data and the published literature, and their ability to present and analyse data and discuss their own work in a written format. The scientific abstract and oral presentation assess the student’s ability to prepare and deliver short summaries of their project using a number of different methods and appropriate software in clear and concise formats to an audience of peers in a time and word limited fashion.

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