Physics MSc - 2017/8

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc Physics

Subsidary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Physics
PGCert Physics

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PCK61007 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits
Part-time PCK61008 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits

JACs code

F300

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points

N/A

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences - Physics

Programme Leader

LOHSTROH A Dr (Physics)

Date of production/revision of spec

21/11/2017

Educational aims of the programme

Concepts and theories: Students will be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding of theories and ideas in a sub-discipline of Physics. They will have insight into current topics and problems of that sub-discipline in a professional and/or academic context.

Instrumentation and materials: Students will understand the operation, function and performance of key devices and technologies or principles of physics relevant to their chosen specialisation.

Methods and best practices: Students will become fully acquainted with the scientific methods and best practices of physics and exposed to a specialized field described in the programme handbook

During their 60-credit Research Project students will gain further practical, analytical or programming abilities through working on a more extended investigation. This may be an experiment- or modelling-based project, for which the student will be encouraged to propose and set in place original approaches.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Knowledge of physics, technology and processes in the subject of the course and the ability to apply these in the context of the course. K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Ability to research problems involving innovative practical or theoretical work. K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Ability to formulate ideas and response to problems, refine or expand knowledge in response to specific ideas or problems and communicate these ideas and responses. K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Ability to evaluate/argue alternative solutions and strategies independently and assess/report on own/others work with justification. K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The ability to plan and execute, under supervision, an experiment or theoretical investigation, analyse critically the results and draw valid conclusions. C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The capability to evaluate the level of uncertainty in their results, understand the significance of error analysis and be able to compare their theoretical (experimental) results with expected experimental (theoretical) outcomes, or with published data. C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The ability to evaluate the significance of their results in this context. C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences. C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Technical mastery of the scientific and technical information presented and the ability to interpret this in the professional context. P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Ability to plan projects and research methods in the subject of the course. P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Ability to promote the scientific and legal basis of the field through peer and public communication. P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Ability to formulate solutions in dialogue with peers, mentors and others. P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Identify, assess and resolve problems arising from material in lectures and during experimental/research activities; T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Make effective use of resources and interaction with others to enhance and motivate self –study; T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Make use of sources of material for development of learning and research; such as journals, books and the internet; T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Take responsibility for personal and professional development; T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Be self-reliant; T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Responsibility for personal and professional development. T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
A systematic understanding of their chosen area of specialisation in an academic and professional context, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the state of the art. MSc
A comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research projects. MSc
Originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding investigative (experimental, theoretical or modelling based research projects MSc
An ability to evaluate and objectively interpret experimental data in their chosen topic of specialisation. MSc
Familiarity with generic issues in management and safety and their application in a professional context, as applicable to the student's chosen area of specialisation. MSc
The ability to plan and execute under supervision, an experiment or investigation, analyse critically the results and draw valid conclusions. The ability to evaluate the level of uncertainty in results, understanding the significance of error analysis and ability to compare these results with expected outcomes, theoretical predictions or with published data, along with the ability to evaluate the significance of the results in this context. MSc
The ability to evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline. MSc
The ability to deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate their conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences. MSc
The ability to communicate complex scientific ideas, the conclusions of an experiment, investigation or project concisely, accurately and informatively. MSc
The ability to manage their own learning and to make use of appropriate texts, research articles and other primary sources. MSc
Responsibility for personal and professional development. Ability to use external mentors for personal / professional purposes. MSc
An essential understanding of the student's chosen area of specialisation in an academic and professional context, and a basic awareness of current problems and/or new insights. PGDip
An essential understanding of techniques applicable to project work in the student's chosen area of specialisation. PGDip
Familiarity with generic issues in management and safety and their application in a professional context, as applicable to the student's chosen area of specialisation. PGDip
The ability to plan and execute under supervision, an experiment and to analyse critically the results and draw valid conclusions from them. Students should be able to evaluate the level of uncertainty in their results, understand the significance of uncertainty analysis and be able to compare these results with expected outcomes., theoretical predictions and / or with published data. Graduates should be able to evaluate the significance of their results in this context. PGDip
The ability to rationalise current research at an essential level. PGDip
The ability to deal with complex issues logically. PGDip
The ability to communicate complex scientific ideas, accurately and informatively. PGDip
The ability to make use of appropriate texts, research articles and other primary sources. PGDip
Responsibility for personal and professional development. Ability to use external mentors for personal / professional purposes. PGDip
A systematic understanding of the student's chosen area of specialisation in an academic and professional context together with a critical awareness of current problems and / or new insights. PGCert
A practical understanding of experimental and/or modelling techniques relevant to the student's chosen area of specialisation. PGCert
An ability to evaluate and objectively interpret experimental data pertaining to the student's chosen area of specialisation. PGCert
Awareness of the issues related to safety, as applicable to the student's chosen area of specialisation. PGCert
The ability to plan and execute under supervision, an experiment and to analyse critically the results and draw valid conclusions from them. Students should be able to evaluate the level of uncertainty in their results, understand the significance of uncertainty analysis and be able to compare these results with expected outcomes, theoretical predictions and/or with published data. Graduates should be able to evaluate the significance of their results in this context. PGCert
The ability to communicate complex scientific ideas, accurately and informatively. PGCert

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7*. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
*some programmes may contain up to 30 credits at FHEQ level 6.

Part-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied part-time over two academic years, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7*. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
*some programmes may contain up to 30 credits at FHEQ level 6.

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Choose 4 optional modules in Semester 1 and 3 optional modules in Semester 2.

A maximum of 2 optional modules may be chosen from FHEQ Level 6 in consultation with the personal tutor and requires approval from the Programme Leader, which is expected to be granted if similar modules have not been studies as part of the students previous formal education (i.e. 1st degree).

Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Optional modules for Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Choose 4 optional modules in Semester 1 and 3 optional modules in Semester 2.

A maximum of 2 optional modules may be chosen from FHEQ Level 6 in consultation with the personal tutor and requires approval from the Programme Leader, which is expected to be granted if similar modules have not been studies as part of the students previous formal education (i.e. 1st degree).

Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Optional modules for Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Choose 4 optional modules in Semester 1 and 3 optional modules in Semester 2.

A maximum of 2 optional modules may be chosen from FHEQ Level 6 in consultation with the personal tutor and requires approval from the Programme Leader, which is expected to be granted if similar modules have not been studies as part of the students previous formal education (i.e. 1st degree).

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guess Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
ERASMUS Study (that is not taken during Level P) N
Study exhange(s) (that are not part of the ERASMUS scheme) N
Dual degree N

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

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.