Aims/Description: This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to undertake extended project work associated with the research programme of the Department. To teach students the basic principles of planning and managing project work; to foster students' ability to design and conduct experiments, analyse data, develop theoretical and mathematical models of physical systems, and interpret results (with due regard for experimental and theoretical uncertainties). The unit will develop the students' skills in communicating the results of such analyses to an appropriate scientific audience, while developing the students' ability to work independently and managing their own learning. Students will work on a research project under the supervision of a faculty member over an entire academic year, usually the 4th year of an MPhys degree. The work will entail background research, acquiring the necessary skills, developing a research plan, carrying out the research, and writing up results and conclusion. Detailed information on this module is given on the Physics and Astronomy fourth year website.

Restrictions on availability: Cannot be taken with PHY451. Restricted to final year students on MPhys or MMath programmes involving Physics or Astronomy

Staff Contact: Dr Ed Daw
Teaching Methods: Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Vivavoce

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Physics and Astronomy):

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Teaching timetable


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