Laboratory Information

This page contains information for physics laboratory modules, including both general information and some course specific information.

General Information

Foundation Year

Year 0 (Foundation): PH05700 and PH05720 - Laboratory Physics

These modules give an introduction to experimental physics.  Emphasis is placed on the training of students to use basic instruments, perform simple error calculations and critically assess results in order to draw reliable conclusions.

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For further information on PH05720, click here

Year 1

Year 1: PH15720 (PH15510) - Introduction to Computational and Experimental Physics

The module introduces physics undergraduate students to the key areas of computational physics and experimentation, which can be used to understand the world around us.  Students learn how to use the power of computational physics to enhance the design and interpretation of experimental results.

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Year 2

Year 2: PH25520 - Experimental Physics

The module is focused on developing the skills necessary for experimental physics.  Students work in small groups to research the background of experiments, examine the equipment available, develop experimental strategy and analyse the results of the experiments.  The module is a bridge between the Part-1 laboratory and the projects of later years.

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Year 3

Year 3: PH37540 (PH35620) - Project

Students work in pairs under the guidance of a project supervisor to investigate a particular scientific problem in depth, making full use of the scientific literature.  They are responsible for planning and managing their project, and will present the scientific results in oral and written reports.

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Year 4

Year 4 (MPhys): PHM5860 - Extended Project

The students plan and implement a major project normally within one of the research groups in the institute under the supervision of a project supervisor.  They interpret and discuss the results in terms of the current knowledge of the research topic, and present their work in both an oral presentation and a formal written report.

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