Physics Research Project I module (PH50009)

Undertake supervised, independent project work in topics including medical physics, microscopy, astrophysics, and condensed matter physics.

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This module allows you to undertake independent project work under supervision. Your project will be laboratory-based, computational, theoretical, or a combination thereof.

Your project 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.

The research project examined in this module will continue into your subsequent and final academic year as the module Physics Research Project II (MSci) (PH50007).

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • develop in-depth knowledge of a specific 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
  • compile and write a substantial literature review on the topic of your project
  • develop your reasoning, time management, and research skills

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 professionally written report
  • establish the collaborative working practices with colleagues needed for a successful career

Assignments / assessment

  • project dissertation (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.


This module is available on following courses: