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PHYS3018 Bachelor of Science Project

Module Overview

The project should normally be completed in the first semester, although in unusual circumstances, it may be finished in the second semester. Students normally work in pairs, in close collaboration with a member of staff. By undertaking a project students should develop skills which are necessary for experimental or theoretical research (such as initiative, decision making, determining priorities, searching and learning relevant material from literature, ability to collaborate and to report results).

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of the Physics Project is to give students training in undertaking a major research-type project which can be in any area of physics, either theoretical or experimental.

Learning Outcomes

Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • be able to use the appropriate scientific literature databases for the field of their project (ISI Web of Science, HEP-SPIRES or NASA ADSABS)
  • have experienced some of the challenges and frustrations of scientific research.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • be able to give a short account of their work intelligible to the general reader
  • have further developed their general skills such as planning, observation, record keeping, processing and interpreting results, as well as working on open-ended problems
  • have learned the benefits of good time management or conversely the folly of leaving everything to the last minute
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • present their work in a written report in the style of a research thesis,


Projects may run in any area of physics and may be experimental, computational or theoretical.

Learning and Teaching

Wider reading or practice44
Completion of assessment task106
Total study time150


Assessment Strategy

There is no referral opportunity for this syllabus in same academic year.


MethodPercentage contribution
Examiner 40%
Supervisor 60%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework marks carried forward 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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