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Undergraduate Course: MPhys Project for Year Abroad (PHYS11050)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Physics and Astronomy CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe MPhys Project aims to help you to identify and cultivate the technical, personal, and presentation skills needed to work successfully in a physics-based research/development environment. During the project, you work on your own under the supervision of your Supervisor. The function of the Supervisor is initially to define the project and then to give advice as your work proceeds. However, it should be understood that the project must be a reflection of your own work and ideas.
Course description This course comprises a novel research project spanning both semesters. These projects are usually defined by the Supervisor (though student-originated are possible) and chosen by the student. Each project is undertaken by the student working on their own, but with support from the Supervisor. Assessment is based on the final report (70%) and the student's performance as a researcher (30%).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking MPhys Project (PHYS11016) OR MPhys Project Presentation (PHYS11049)
Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 18, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 60, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 118 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. have learnt how to conduct a search of the literature relevant to a research topic and to select and summarise the crucial aspects of the relevant literature
  2. have gained experience of the organisation and completion of a research project where the results and outcomes are not defined at the beginning
  3. have learnt how to organise, keep and use a comprehensive log book of the work done in the project
  4. have learnt how to write a report including a concise summary of the relevant literature, the pertinent aspects of the method and a critical discussion of the results and conclusions
  5. have gained experience of working in a research group environment and interacting in a professional manner with research scientists.
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Course organiserProf Arthur Trew
Tel: (0131 6)50 5025
Course secretaryMiss Stavriana Manti
Tel: (0131 6)50 5310
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