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PHYS6018 Research and Thesis on Experimental Physics

Module Overview

This project occupies the whole of the fourth year of, and thus completes, the MPhys degree in Physics with a Year of Experimental Research. This module entirely consists of a research-level project and its written description.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This unit gives first class fourth year students a taste of real research by allowing each of them to carry out a significant piece of research, often of publishable quality, within one of Southampton’s experimental research groups.

Learning Outcomes

Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Be able to work as part of a research team
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand and be able to use of a range of laboratory apparatus for experimental research
  • Understand and be able to apply various methods for the acquisition and analysis of experimental data

Syllabus

This unit entirely consists of a research-level project and its written description. The project titles and brief abstracts are made available to students at the end of their third year. Students submit their preferences after studying these and consulting with local Southampton staff, and the final allocation is made during the summer. Students are advised to have a preliminary discussion with their future supervisors before the summer vacation to discuss any background reading or other preparation that could be carried out during the vacation.

Learning and Teaching

TypeHours
Wider reading or practice10
Preparation for scheduled sessions6
Supervised time in studio/workshop44
Completion of assessment task72
Follow-up work6
Total study time138

Resources & Reading list

Online Materials.

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Final Report 50%
First Semester Report 10%
Seminar presentation 20%
Viva 20%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework marks carried forward %
Final Report %
Viva %

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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