PHYC40900 Proj. Theoretical Physics

Academic Year 2024/2025

This module involves an extended original research project in theoretical physics, with topics including but not restricted to: General Relativity Theory, Theoretical Astrophysics, and Bio/Soft Matter, Statistical Physics, Quantum and Condensed Matter Theory. Based on original research articles, the student will explore a current research topic of his/her choice selected from a list proposed by the module co-ordinator, and will be supported by an appropriate supervisor. The student will summarize his/her findings in a written report and an oral presentation.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

The student will be capable of independently studying original research literature and using his/her insight for pursuing his/her own research under the guidance of theorists within the School.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The final-year TP projects involve working closely with a supervisor on an original research project. The module involves substantial independent study and creativity, guided by the supervisor who provides both mentorship and individual tutoring in regular face-to-face meetings. The student gains experience in research methods, presenting results of research, and writing a thesis. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
PHYC40260 - Projects in TheoreticalPhysics

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade

Not yet recorded.

Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat Within Two Trimesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback is given continually by the project supervisor at regular face-to-face meetings. Feedback will be provided by the project supervisor or module coordinator after the interim presentation in January, and after the final presentation in April. The opportunity for feedback from the supervisor on a draft of the thesis should be available, provided the draft is supplied in good time before the final deadline. Feedback on the final thesis post-grading is available upon request.

Name Role
Dr Steve Campbell Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Andrew Mitchell Lecturer / Co-Lecturer