Chemical Physics BSc/MSci

Physics 40-credit H-level Project PHYS4053P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Credits: 40
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

To provide students with an opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the key principles and applications of advanced project work, and their relevance to current developments in physics.


Normally at least 10 hours per week will be spent on practical work, over a period of two semesters. Students will hold at least one weekly meeting with the project supervisor. Additional time will normally be required for background research and for the preparation of the report and the oral presentation.

Excluded Courses

PHYS4023P Physics Project (20 credits)

PHYS4022P Physics Project (30 credits)


PHYS4028 Solid State Physics;

PHYS4015 Nuclear and Particle Physics;

PHYS4002 Atomic Systems;

PHYS4030 Thermal Physics or PHYS4004 Electromagnetic Theory 1


The student will be assessed on how well they conduct their project, on a public oral presentation of their project and on the quality of a final written report on their project. The contributions of these assessments to the final course mark will be:


Project work 40%

Oral presentation 20%

Final report 40%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

To provide students with training in the principles and practice of physical measurement techniques and scientific data analysis, and give the opportunity for the student to apply these in performing an extended project in a topic relevant to their degree discipline. To develop the student's transferable skills, concentrating on the writing of reports on individual project work and in verbal communication of such results. To develop the student's ability to work effectively and to reinforce their individual responsibility for their own learning.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students will be able to: prepare a preliminary list of goals to be achieved during the project, in collaboration with a lab partner and project supervisor; write an interim progress report and plan of action; give a short talk on the progress of the project; perform the practical/computational part of the project, in collaboration with a lab partner but with some independent development of the work by each student; keep a logbook detailing the work done; revise the goals and strategies for completion of the project, in the light of progress made; write a report containing a full description of the aims, methods, outcomes and conclusions of the project; prepare and present a poster summarizing the results of the project.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Not applicable.