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PHYS6016 Particle Physics Research Project

Module Overview

This unit entirely consists of a research-level project Upon successful completion of the project the student will have completed the final year of their Physics with Particle Physics Year Abroad MPhys degree. The RAL supervisor will have directed completion of a significant research ideally of publishable quality.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • Understand the use of accelerators in the study of elementary particles and their interactions
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Be able to work in large teams of experimental particle physicists.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand various methods in the acquisition and analysis of particle physics data.


This unit entirely consists of a research-level project. The project titles and brief abstracts are made available to students at the end of their third year, in the period between the end of the examinations (early June) and the results being released (late June). Students submit their preferences after studying these and consulting with local Southampton staff, which will then direct students to contact potential RAL hosts. A final allocation is made by 15 July. Students are advised to have a preliminary discussion with their RAL hosts before the summer vacation to discuss any background reading or other preparation that could be carried out during the vacation.

Learning and Teaching

Wider reading or practice51
Completion of assessment task99
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Continuous Assessment 50%
Final Assessment  50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Travel Costs for placements

For AY 2017/18 onwards: The stay at CERN will typically be for 8 months. Payable home accommodation will be provided by RAL staff, and tuition fees will be charged at 15% of the standard level. A £500 Southampton Opportunity scholarship will be awarded to help cover for the difference in living costs between Southampton and Geneva and the purchase of at least one return flight.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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