Module code: PHY3058

Module provider


Module Leader

GINOSSAR E Dr (Physics)

Number of Credits


ECTS Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation ORAL PRESENTATION 20
Project (Group/Individual/Dissertation) WRITTEN REPORT 80

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

N/A Qualifying condition(s) A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Module overview

The early part of the Research Year involves a combination of developing generic research skills associated being on a research-based physics placement, and acquiring specific skills related to the particular project to enable successful completion of the student’s own research by the end of the research year. This module reflects parts of the specific skills developed for the student’s own project in the first half of the Research Year

Module aims

Reflect the specialist preparatory work that the student is undertaking as part of their research year in advance of their own main original research activity

Encourage the student to undertake a review of previous work done in the field of their research project, to digest and understand it in such a way that they can explain the context of their work to an audience of peers

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Demonstrate that they have performed an advanced literature research project. KP
Present a well-written, accurate and full (but selective) report, in the style of a scientific journal article PT
Demonstrate analytic, design, numerical and/or organisational skills required in undertaking an extended project within time constraints. PT
Communicate scientific ideas to a company of peers in a research environment PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

The student will carry out the first parts of their research year project, which will be through a range of either experimental or theoretical research work. This will be carried out by the student under the supervision of a local project supervisor. The first half of the Research Year is anticipated to cover approximately 600 hours over semester 2 of Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6) and this module accounts for 450 hours of that effort.

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to encourage learning by independent self-study within the context of a research group


The learning and teaching methods include:

guided self-study

supervisor meetings

group meetings

laboratory and/or computational project


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate core competencies in physics research through independent study


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

• A presentation given to the student’s research group on the status of their understanding of their research project, placed in the context of the wider field. 


• A literature review, with project-specific context, of related previous work in the field.  Depending on the nature of the project, this could draw more or less from research articles, textbooks, or internal reports


Formative assessment


The student will receive regular feedback from the local supervisory team throughout the Research Year




The student will receive regular feedback from the local supervisory team throughout the Research Year


Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.