Physics Project (BSc) module (PH40006)

Undertake a supervised, independent project that is laboratory-based, computational, or theoretical

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This module allows you to undertake a supervised but independent project. It can be laboratory-based, computational, theoretical, or a combination. You will develop your reasoning, time management, and research skills.

Your project is likely to be embedded in an active research group. Project topics include medical physics, microscopy, astrophysics, condensed matter physics, and computational biophysics.

Whilst undertaking your project, you will get the chance to apply the knowledge gained throughout your degree. You will pick up and enhance the specific skills that employers are most eager to have in a prospective employee.

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • develop in-depth knowledge of an area of physics
  • plan and execute an independent investigation
  • design and test experiments or comparable tasks involving computational or theoretical methods
  • analyse and critically assess results, taking account of uncertainties

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • construct appropriate conclusions, and make critical comparisons with relevant theory
  • carry out appropriate ethics and health and safety assessments
  • present and defend your results at a poster presentation session
  • produce a professional written report
  • establish the collaborative working practices with colleagues needed for a successful career

Assignments / assessment

  • individual dissertation project (100%)

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods / timetable

Day-to-day project work is student-driven, but you will be assigned a supervisor to guide you throughout your project. Weekly seminars will also give you exposure to a wide range of physics research.


This module is available on following courses: