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PHYS6015 MPhys Final Year Synoptic Examination

Module Overview

Students in the synoptic exam will be expected to display a broad knowledge and understanding of the core first, second and third year courses, to understand the inter-relations between those courses and to display problem solving skills in novel problem environments. Students’ studies will be supported by revision lectures - each week one of the lecturers of the core first, second and third year courses will lead the session. Problem solving sessions will also be included. The course work involves setting your own Synoptic exam questions which will hopefully give new insights into the material taught and the examination process.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The Synoptic Examination is intended to allow students to display a broad understanding of the first, second and third year courses they have already studied and to encourage synthesis between these courses, as well as broad ranging problem solving skills.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Be able to demonstrate a broad knowledge and understanding of the core first, second and third year courses
  • Understand the inter-relations between those courses
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Be able to display problem solving skills in novel problem environments


The synoptic paper may draw on any first, second and third year core course material.

Learning and Teaching

Wider reading or practice94
Preparation for scheduled sessions6
Follow-up work6
Completion of assessment task22
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Halzen and Martin. Quarks and Leptons. 

Casalbuoni. Introduction to Quantum Field Theory. 

Lee. Accelerator Physics. 

Perkins. Introduction to High Energy Physics. 

Aitchison and Hey. Gauge Theories in Particle Physics. 

Martin and Shaw. Particle Physics. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 20%
Exam 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework marks carried forward %
Exam %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules


To study this module, you will need to have studied the following module(s):

PHYS3007Theories of Matter, Space and Time
PHYS2023Wave Physics
PHYS2003Quantum Physics
PHYS3008Atomic Physics
PHYS2006Classical Mechanics
PHYS1022Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS3002Nuclei and Particles
PHYS1013Energy and Matter
PHYS1015Motion and Relativity
PHYS3004Crystalline Solids
PHYS2024Quantum Physics of Matter
PHYS1011Waves, Light and Quanta
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