Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
PHM5010 and PH37540
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 40 Hours.
Practical Project work during normal working hours; regular meetings with supervisor.


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Exercise on project preparation & review (Gregynog)  15%
Semester Assessment Oral Presentation    15%
Semester Assessment Formal Report including the literature review  60%
Semester Assessment Progression  10%
Supplementary Assessment Re-submission of failed components 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Show detailed understanding of the physics of their topic of study.
2. Review the recent developments in the research field of interest as documented in the refereed literature.
3. Plan and implement a major research project.
4. Interpret and discuss their results in terms of the current knowledge of the topic.
5. Present their work orally and in a formal written account.
6. Prepare, present and review research proposals.

Brief description

Following the project dissertation module, PHM5010 and the project planning element of this module, the student carries out a project normally within one of the research groups active in the institute under the supervision of the project supervisor. The results are to be interpreted and discussed in terms of the current knowledge of the research topic, and the work presented both orally and in a formal written report. An intensive residential course, held at Gregynog at the start of the semester, and, organised jointly by Physics staff in Aberystwyth and Cardiff,forms part of this module. The course includes sessions on planning a project, communication and self management skills and structured group work on presenting and assessing projects.

Further details are provided in the Extended Project handbook.

Transferable skills

Residential course at Gregynog


The research topic will be different for each project.


This module is at CQFW Level 7