Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Project (40 Credits)
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Mutually Exclusive
PH25520 or FG25520
External Examiners
  • Professor Pete Vukusic (Professor - Exeter University)

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Final report (Semester 2)  45%
Semester Assessment Literature review (Semester 1)  15%
Semester Assessment Oral Presentation (Semester 2)  15%
Semester Assessment Progress mark (Semester 2)  10%
Semester Assessment Project Plan (Semester 1)  5%
Semester Assessment Literature search (Semester 1)  5%
Semester Assessment Preliminary results (Semester 2)  5%
Supplementary Assessment As determined by Departmental Exam Board  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Investigate a specific physics-related scientific problem.
2. Identify, and critically review the scientific literature of a chosen field.
3. Construct a project plan and implement it based on a good understanding of the physics involved and of the background literature.
4. Identify resources to undertake a scientific project.
5. Summarise their findings in a comprehensive report.
6. Present and defend the work orally.


Students learn to investigate a particular scientific problem of their choice in depth, making full use of the scientific literature. They will be responsible to plan and manage their project, and they will use common ways of presenting scientific results to the community in the form of oral and written reports.

Brief description

This module doubles as the final year physics project for BSc students and as an intermediate project for MPhys students. All students will undertake a project on which they will work in pairs under the guidance of their personal project supervisor and present their results in an individual oral presentation and final project report. A number of intermediate milestones (literature search strategy, full literature review, project plan and preliminary results document) are designed to keep the project focussed and ensure a roughly equal workload distribution throughout the year. Different projects require different amount of laboratory work, computing, analysis etc, but as a guideline the total time spent on the project should be 400 hours.


1. Literature review phase (literature search and review).
2. Planning phase (project plan, resourcing).
3. Experimental phase (experimental work, preliminary results document).
4. Dissemination phase (oral presentation, written report).


This module is at CQFW Level 6