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PHYS6006 MPhys Project

Module Overview

In this module, students undertake a research project which extends over both semesters of the final year. Students normally work in pairs, in close collaboration with a member of staff.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of the project is to further develop the skills necessary for research, along with written and verbal communication skills

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop initiative and originality
  • Develop organisational skills in the allocation of areas of responsibility and the preparation of a schedule allowing completion of the project on time
  • Develop skills in decision making and the determination of priorities
  • Develop team working skills through the interaction of the two students and the project supervisor
  • Develop communication skills through the presentation of written accounts of their work
  • Develop IT skills through the preparation of word processed reports including equations, figures and tables
  • Develop personal confidence and verbal communication skills through the defence of their work in an oral examination
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop extended skills in laboratory or theoretical work such as the application of scientific method, the keeping of systematic records and the critical analysis of results
Cognitive Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Further develop literature searching and comprehension skills
  • Develop the ability to discuss results in a broader context


Projects may be experimental, computational or theoretical. Students registered for `MPhys with...' degrees are normally required to choose a project involving their subsidiary subject. Proposals for projects are normally put forward by members of staff; students may suggest their own projects, but their viability in terms of time, space and cost must be verified by the proposed supervisor and the program coordinator.

Learning and Teaching

Wider reading or practice52
Completion of assessment task98
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Report 40%
Viva 30%
Viva 30%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework marks carried forward 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: PHYS3002 AND PHYS3004 AND PHYS3007 AND PHYS3008

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