Physics Research Project II (MSci) module (PH50007)

Continue your supervised, independent project started in the module Physics Research Project I (PH50009) and show greater independence and understanding.

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This module allows you to continue your supervised, independent MSci project that was started in the Level 4 module Physics Research Project I (PH50009). You will be encouraged to show independence and a greater understanding than in Level 4.

Your project will be laboratory-based, computational, theoretical, or a combination thereof, and will likely be embedded in an active research group. Project topics include:

  • medical physics
  • microscopy
  • astrophysics
  • condensed matter physics
  • 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 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
  • carry out appropriate ethics and health and safety assessments
  • develop your reasoning, time management, and research skills

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

  • present and defend your results at a poster presentation session
  • produce a substantive professional written final report
  • establish the collaborative working practices with colleagues needed for a successful career
  • present your project findings to your peers and academic staff

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, however you will be assigned a supervisor who will guide you throughout your project. Weekly seminars will also give you exposure to a wide range of physics research.

You are expected to put in approximately 50% more effort in this module compared to your level 4 project.


This module is available on following courses: