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Physics Graduate School

Key information about the Physics Graduate School

  • Warwick Physics PhD students must obtain 6 graduate credits during the first two years of study.
  • Decide the modules you will take for credit in agreement with your Supervisor (you may take more than 6 if appropriate).
  • Suitable graduate-level modules are offered by the Midland Physics Alliance Graduate School (MPAGS) as well as other modules offered by the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Engineering at Warwick as part of our taught Masters degrees. See the tabs on choosing MPAGS modules and other Warwick modules.
  • Some external courses, such as summer schools, or tutorials at major conferences, may be used for credit: see external courses.
  • As a PhD student, it is your responsibility to record the credits that you have obtained: see the tab on Certification.
  • If you have already completed substantial graduate level training in Physics or a related discipline (e.g. a two-year Masters degree, or equivalent) then you may be exempt from some or all of this course requirement. Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS).

Recording your credits

  • Please complete the self-certification form for every course that you wish to count towards your graduate credits (this includes all MPAGS courses).
  • Typically an external course will provide a certificate of attendance. (You should also record these in your Skillsforge portfolio).
  • MPAGS module convenors will provide lists of students who have passed their modules to the Postgraduate Coordinator. But you should also request email confirmation from the module convenor, for your own records.
  • You should keep an accurate record of your progress through the Physics Graduate School. You will be asked to confirm your graduate credits during progress reviews towards the end of year 1 and at the end of year 2.

Choosing modules from the Midland Physics Alliance Graduate School

Choosing other modules from Warwick

  • Please check the Module Catalogue for suitable current modules, these will usually be PG modules from Physics (PX4XX or PX9XX) Chemistry (CH4XX or CH9XX) and Maths (MA4XX or MA9XX). You may also be interested in Institute of Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL) modules (Please note for IATL modules you are able to register for the course for 10 CATS), or taught modules from a Warwick-based Centre for Doctoral Training, such as the HetSys CDT.
  • Modules from our taught degrees have a specific CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme) weighting.
  • The CATS weighting determines the number of graduate credits these modules are worth. The conversion for CATS to graduate credits is: 7.5 CATS=1 graduate credit; 15 CATS=2 graduate credits; Most CDT modules = 1.5 graduate credits. In other cases please contact the DGS for an assessment of how many credits the course is worth.
  • To sign up for a Warwick taught module:
    1. Contact the Module Leader and request they "audit" your completion of their course.
    2. Determine whether there is any assessed component to the course (it is not necessary to take the final University-administered examination).
    3. Where there are assessments discuss whether the Module Leader would be willing to mark the assessments, in which case passing the assessed components could provide additional graduate credit(s).
    4. Where there are no assessed components, or the Module Leader would not have the capacity to mark your assignments, or you do not wish to take the assessments; you should provide a 2 page written summary of the module content focusing its relevance to your research topic and submit this to your supervisor for approval.

Choosing external courses

External courses are an excellent way of obtaining specialised training in your field and can be used towards your graduate credits. Students can therefore plan to use such schools to satisfy a substantial part of their Physics Graduate School training obligations.

Generally a week long (4-5 days) external course would be equivalent to 1 credit. Where a course has a formal assessed component the credits are doubled. We add courses that other students have attended in the past, however this should not be considered a complete list as new courses are made available all the time. If you find a course that you would like to attend that is not listed below please discuss with your supervisor and the DGS, who will be able to assess their suitability and let you know how many credits it equates to.