RESEARCH YEAR DISSERTATION - 2023/4
Module code: PHYM051
The work for this module takes place in semester 1 of the student’s fourth academic year, i.e. in the second half of their Research Year placement. During this time, students work under the supervision of a supervisor, using their developed research skills and implementing their project through practical, theoretical or modelling work, along with analysis and presentation of results.
The exact programme of study will depend on the nature of the project and the environment in which it is carried out. The environment will normally be at a University Laboratory but may equally be at a major international government laboratory such as the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory or at regional hospital, or a company with a physics-based research programme.
Mathematics & Physics
GINOSSAR Eran (Maths & Phys)
Number of Credits: 60
ECTS Credits: 30
Framework: FHEQ Level 7
JACs code: F300
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 590
Guided Learning: 10
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
PHY3051 Research Year Skills and PHY3058 Literature Review and Interim Report
Indicative content includes:
either an experimental or theoretical research project, carried out independently by the student under the direct supervision of a local project supervisor. The work is anticipated to cover approximately 600 hours over semester 1 of Year 4 (FHEQ Level 7).
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Oral exam or presentation||Oral Presentation at MPhys Symposium||20|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
core competencies in an advanced research topic, with evidence of good scientific communication skills
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
A substantial final dissertation (of up to 100 pages, including the literature review from PHY3052 which should be included to make a standalone document) to demonstrate research-level physics work.This is due at 4pm on Tuesday of week 12.
An oral presentation of 15 minutes length (12m speaking, 3m for questions) at the MPhys Symposium.
The student will have regular meetings with a supervisor or designate, and will be visited by a Surrey-based visiting tutor who will provide feedback
- To provide the student with an opportunity to develop and demonstrate research practice at an advanced level in a graduate research environment, including detailed use of equipment, software, and/or theoretical techniques. In addition, a strong emphasis will also be placed on the communication of research carried out during the project, the analysis of research data, and the presentation of the research outcomes via a written dissertation.
|1||Carry out a detailed and advanced Research project of circa 5-6 months duration to be carried out in a graduate research environment under the direction of a research supervisor; including appropriate note keeping, typically in the form of a laboratory handbook|
|2||Know how to operate/understand instrumentation and/or software and/or theory appropriate to the project.|
|3||Understand Health and Safety issues and/or ethical issues related to research in the chosen field|
|4||Demonstrate detailed understanding of the topic and state of the art in their research topic.|
|5||Demonstrate written and oral presentation skills to a high standard|
|6||Team working: it is expected that most students will work as part of a graduate research group.|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to increase students’ critical understanding of a specialist area of physics, and throughout this module students are encouraged to learn through independent study.
The learning and teaching methods include:
working, under the supervision of a research supervisor, both individually and in a team
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Programmes this module appears in
|Physics with Nuclear Astrophysics MPhys||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Physics with Astronomy MPhys||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Physics with Quantum Technologies MPhys||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
|Physics MPhys||1||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2023/4 academic year.