Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Research Methods in Sensing and Measurement (University of Edinburgh) PHYS5059P

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course is a continuation of the research methods in sensing and measurement taken in semester one at Glasgow. This course includes an extended small group exercise that develops skills in all aspects of research project development and execution. Topics will be tailored as appropriate to the appropriate discipline.


Total Hours: 200 ( Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 40, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 154 )

Requirements of Entry




Course Aims

As defined by the University of Edinburgh

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Research the literature databases to find, assimilate, formulate and communicate new information from diverse sources.

2. Gain technical understanding of research in the appropriate field of chemistry, physics or engineering through in-depth study of a particular problem.

3. Gain experience in team-working, project-planning and leadership skills in ways which show clear awareness of his/her own and others' roles and responsibilities.

4. Have an understanding of research in a wider societal context and an ability to present technical information to a non-specialist audience.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.