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Unit information: Physics Research Project 432 in 2021/22

Unit name Physics Research Project 432
Unit code PHYSM3200
Credit points 30
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Gersen
Open unit status Not open

Normally 120 credit points at Level H/6 of the relevant programme.



School/department School of Physics
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims


This unit consists of a supervised, physics-related research project carried out in a pair (experimental projects) or singly (theoretical projects), culminating in an individually written final report, an oral and or poster presentation, and an interview.

All students on Physics programmes are required to do an experimental or theoretical project, which runs for the whole of the teaching year.

Outline syllabus:

Students normally work in pairs on experimental projects and singly on theoretical projects, but each student is assessed individually and independently of any partner. Experimental projects are mostly associated with departmental research groups and may be located either within the group or in the project laboratory, according to the needs of the project. Students taking this unit work one and a half days per week, weeks 1 - 20. Thursday and Friday are the usual project days, although access to the laboratory is normally available when the building is open and the laboratory technician is available.

All students are required to present a poster describing the results of the project, which may be prepared jointly if the project was done with a partner. The posters will be seen by the external examiners. A prize generally awaits the presenter of the best poster presentation as judged by the year co-ordinator.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  • to bring a diversity of knowledge and skills to bear on a specific problem,
  • identify the skills and knowledge needed to carry a project forward and how to acquire them,
  • present material clearly and concisely both verbally, in a poster and in a written report,
  • produce a clear and coherent report representing a significant academic document about the topic.

Teaching Information

Experimental projects are laboratory-based while theoretical projects will be library-based. Both involve a supervisor and an assessor, both of whom will be involved during the duration of the project. Generally the student and supervisor will meet weekly.

Assessment Information

Formative Assessment:

Interim project report and interview.

Summative Assessment:

Final project report, oral and poster, presentation, oral examination.


If this unit has a Resource List, you will normally find a link to it in the Blackboard area for the unit. Sometimes there will be a separate link for each weekly topic.

If you are unable to access a list through Blackboard, you can also find it via the Resource Lists homepage. Search for the list by the unit name or code (e.g. PHYSM3200).

How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.