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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

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

Resources & Reading list

Casalbuoni. Introduction to Quantum Field Theory. 

Aitchison and Hey. Gauge Theories in Particle Physics. 

Halzen and Martin. Quarks and Leptons. 

Lee. Accelerator Physics. 

Perkins. Introduction to High Energy 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

Pre-requisites: PHYS3008 Atomic Physics 2016-17, PHYS2006 Classical Mechanics 2016-17, PHYS3004 Crystalline Solids 2016-17, PHYS1022 Electricity And Magnetism 2016-17, PHYS2001 Electromagnetism 2016-17, PHYS1013 Energy And Matter 2016-17, PHYS1015 Motion And Relativity 2016-17, PHYS3002 Nuclei And Particles 2016-17, PHYS2003 Quantum Physics 2016-17, PHYS2024 Quantum Physics Of Matter 2016-17, PHYS3007 Theories Of Matter, Space And Time 2016-17, PHYS2023 Wave Physics 2016-17, PHYS1011 Waves, Light And Quanta 2016-17

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