Module code: PHYM060

Module Overview

Under the guidance of an academic supervisor, the student will investigate a Physics topic of interest to him in depth. He will compose a written report on his studies, and give oral presentations on the work.

Module provider

Mathematics & Physics

Module Leader

SHENTON-TAYLOR Caroline (Maths & Phys)

Number of Credits: 45

ECTS Credits: 22.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 439

Guided Learning: 11

Module Availability

Year long

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

The content will vary according to chosen project and supervisor but should in all cases consist of a substantial piece of work that presents and/or uses advanced physics topics, or that addressed an open problem in physics. It is not expected to be work of such originality that any section of it is publishable, but it should include evidence of originality and critical ability in its compilation.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate:

• Their ability to independently research and report upon a physics topics relevant to their degree programme;

• Their ability to prepare and present theoretical and/or experimental work in both a written and oral fashion.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

A written report (submitted at the end of Semester 2) and an oral presentation (after the submission of the report).


Formative assessment and feedback

Students receive continuous feedback through weekly meetings with their supervisor during the period of their project. In addition, the students submit a preliminary report at the end of Semester 1 and give an oral presentation to examiners. At this point, the student will also receive formative feedback on their work.


Module aims

  • This module allows the student to demonstrate that, under supervision of a member of staff, they are able to undertake and complete a substantial piece of work that presents, and/or further investigates an advanced physics topic or an open problem in physics. This should normally build on appropriate physics and mathematical material from their degree programme and should contain material and/or applications beyond what has been done in other modules at levels 4,5,6 and 7.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1 Be able to independently study physics at a level appropriate for the start of a programme of postgraduate study in mathematics CPT
2 Have gained familiarity in areas of physics appropriate to FHEQ Level 7 by private stud KC
3 Be able to present a substantial body of physical-mathematical thoughts and arguments in a coherent way, or to engage into the theoretical or experimental study of a physics problem. This will be done both as written and oral communication KPT
4 Be able to write a substantial scientific report. This should accurately and appropriately cite relevant references and use diagrams, graphs and tables appropriately KCPT
5 It is not required nor expected that the student should obtain original publishable results, but the student should demonstrate originality in the compilation and presentation of the material. KC

Attributes Developed

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 provide:

A supportive environment in which the student can develop their skills for independent scientifical work, their ability to research a topic independently, and their presentational skills (both written and oral).

The learning and teaching methods include:

Teaching is by discussion, directed reading and interaction between student and supervisor, and by the discussions with the examiners at the presentation. Learning takes place through discussion, practical work, background reading and private study.


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.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Mathematics and Physics MPhys(YEAR LONG) Year-long 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.