Module code: PHYM047

Module provider


Module Leader

LOHSTROH A Dr (Physics)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Year long

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 1

Independent Study Hours: 420

Assessment pattern

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

Alternative Assessment

N/A, in case of Extenuating circumstances, deadline extensions can be granted.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Co-requisite: PHYM049 Research skills, PHYM055 Outreach and Public Engagement  

Module overview

Students work under the direction of a research supervisor on an experimental or theoretical, pure or applied, physics research project.

Module aims

To provide the student with an opportunity to develop and demonstrate research practice in a professional research environment.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Conduct a research project of circa  8 months duration to be carried out in a graduate research environment under the direction of a research supervisor;
Present the research outcomes and its impact in both written and oral forms.
Keep, to a high standard, a laboratory notebook
Demonstrate detailed understanding of the topic and state of the art in their research topic.
Team working: it is expected that most students will work as part of a graduate research group.
Demonstrate written and oral presentation skills

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Experimental/Theoretical/Simulation project work under the guidance of a research supervisor, equivalent to approximately 900 lab hours.
Directed supervision
Self-directed study
Formal training (for example Health and Safety, equipment operation, introduction to simulation software packages etc as required by the project).

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Offer Learning opportunities through immersion in a research environment

The learning and teaching methods include:

One to one supervisor meetings to facilitate guided reading, discuss the project proposal and plan, review progress, guide data collection and analysis
Peer review

Details depend on the project and research environment, but typically include:

Guided and independent literature study
Practical training on the operation of high tech scientific equipment/simulation codes
Risk assessments and health and safety considerations
Atttend and contribute to research seminars
Attend specialist workshops the chosen research area
Review and provide feedback to other researchers work
Summarise and present work in written and oral form.

(for approximate hours for each component, see “overall student workload” section above)

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


-       Their understanding of the research context that their project is based in.

-       Their achievements and understanding of the research tools they have used, including the tools suitability, limitations and appropriateness

-       Their interpretation of the acquired and its significance

-       Their ability to critically evaluate the progress made

-       Their ability to communicate their work in written and oral form

-       Their ability to enter a scientific discussion (written and oral)



Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

·         A dissertation that will cover all aspects mentioned previously (typically to be submitted in week 11 of the spring semester)

·         An oral presentation summarising all aspects of project (typically to be presented in week 12 to 15 of the spring semester)


Formative assessment and feedback


-       Feedback and advice will be provided on a regular basis during one to one supervisor - student meetings (typically held at least once per week).

A peer review process for one to two chapters of the dissertation draft will be facilitated by the module coordinator

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.