MSc SIS Edinburgh Course - Research Project Preparation PHYS5082

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course is preparation for the MSc project.



Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses



PHYS5044 Fundamentals of Sensing


1 report worth 100% weighting - 10 hours of Summative Assessment

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Edinburgh University does not provide resit examinations for MSc students. In cases where an assessment is affect by reasons of good cause a revised mark, based on other completed assessments, may be substituted.

Course Aims

The main deliverables will be a report and a presentation of a Mini-project - containing the project definition, the literature review, a detailed description of the resources required and a Gantt chart. This report will be submitted around mid March.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to: 

Develop a working relationship with their course supervisor;

Have a sound knowledge of what input is expected from the supervisor  and what is expected of the student; 

Manage their time efficiently and effectively;

Plan the detailed work required for their project, including a plan of how best to use the resources made available to them;

Produce a Gantt chart for their work;

Conduct a literature review;

Make use of computers for data analysis, preparation of presentaitons and report writing;

Demonstrate a clear knowledge of what is meant by plagiarism, the techniques employed to detect it and how to avoid plagiarising work previously carried out;

Demonstrate the writing, presentation and communication skills necessary to produce an MSc dissertation;

Demonstrate a working knowledge of data protection, copyright and patent regulations, intellectual property issues, enterprise, health, safety and ethics.

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.