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PX402 Physics Project

Organiser: Robin Ball
Weighting: 45 CATS

To provide experience of working on an extended project in a research environment in collaboration with a supervisor and, typically, with a partner.

At the end of the project you should

  • have studied in depth some area of research
  • have completed a piece of physics research
  • have written a scientific report on your work and have presented and defended the work at a poster session


You will work, normally in pairs, on an extended project which may be experimental, computational or theoretical (or indeed a combination of these). Through discussions with your supervisor you will establish a plan of work which you will frequently review as you progress. In general, the project will not be closely prescribed and will contain an investigative element. Over the Christmas vacation you will independently write an interim report which will be marked and returned (with feedback) by your supervisor. At the end of the second term, you will again independently write a final report, which will be assessed by two independent members of academic staff. You will also prepare a poster describing your project to be presented at an open poster session along with other project posters, at which you will also be required to defend it.

Commitment: Approximate: Preliminary reading before start of term1, 2 days per week for 20 weeks (terms 1 and 2), preparation of interim report (term 1 + vacation) and final report (term 2), preparation and defence of poster (term 3).

Assessment: 100% assessed: an interim report, a final report, and a poster presentation; in addition, work done is assessed primarily by the project supervisor. You should discuss the written reports and the poster presentation with your supervisor prior to starting work on them. Full details of the assessment/feedback will be published on the module website.

This module has its own website.

Leads from: all earlier laboratory and possibly computational work.