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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

Postgraduate Physics Programmes

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department Department of Physics
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert
Programme title Research Studies: Experimental Condensed Matter Physics; Research Studies: Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics; Research Studies: Surface Physics; Research Studies: Materials Physics and Applications; Research Studies: Quantum Information and Computing; Research Studies: Nanoscience; Research Studies: Quantum Structures and Phase Transitions; Research Studies: Cosmology and Astrophysics; Research Studies: Science of the Internet;
Programme code See Structure
Length of programme
UCAS code n/a
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/physics/postgraduate/programmes

Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:18:11 BST

1. Programme Aims

 

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To further the education of students in preparation for employment in industry, public service or academic research by enhancing their appropriate knowledge, competence and skills.

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To provide students with an opportunity to apply their broad understanding of basic principles to the solution of a specific and detailed problem.

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To provide the student with enhanced skills in: problem solving; experimental, mathematical or computational techniques; scientific report writing and presentation skills; obtaining and understanding information from the scientific literature; and the collection and analysis of data or the development of theoretical models.

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To provide the student with an opportunity to enhance skills in the use of information technology for calculation, data analysis, control and the production of professional quality reports and presentations.

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To  enable students to develop their own interests, self-reliance and career aspirations.

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2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

University Teaching and Learning Strategy

Framework for Higher Education Qualifications

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

The taught postgraduate programme in Research Studies (in Physics) provides an opportunity to study in detail one of selection of advanced topics in current research. It develops experimental and/or mathematical, and/or computational and other transferable skills. 

On successful completion of this programme students should have demonstrated

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Knowledge and understanding of advanced topics in physics and/or other science disciplines appropriate to the qualification title.

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Specialised knowledge and understanding of one topic in current research and competence in the application of an experimental, theoretical or computational method to this topic.

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An ability to use experimental,   theoretical and/or computational techniques to investigate physical phenomena.

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The ability to critically compare experimental results with the predictions of theory.

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An enhanced ability to use competently IT packages in research.

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An ability to communicate scientific information especially in the form of clear and accurate scientific reports and presentations.

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3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of the programme students should be able to:

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Evaluate current understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories at the forefront of the identified advanced topic.

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Apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of qualitative and quantitative problems of a familiar and unfamiliar nature within these areas.

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Recognise and analyse novel problems and plan strategies for their solution.

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Evaluate, interpret and collate information and data.

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b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of the programme students should be able to:

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Operate intelligently advanced physical research equipment and be able to design an experiment using that equipment.

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Use theoretical or computational techniques and be able to apply them to solve physical problems in a selected area of physical research.

 

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Communicate ideas effectively by means of written reports and orally.

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Plan and execute a research project on a topic of current scientific interest.

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c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of the programme students should be able to:

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Formulate problems in precise terms and identify key issues, construct logical arguments and use technical language correctly.

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Use with greater proficiency scientific and standard IT

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Listen carefully, read demanding texts and present complex information in a clear and concise manner.

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Demonstrate study skills for continuing professional development.

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Demonstrate retrieval skills for directly taught and independently acquired information and for primary as well as secondary information sources.

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4. Programme structure

Programme title and code

Programme Code

 

Title

Method of Study

Abbreviation

PHPT01

Research Studies: Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

Full Time

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PHPT12

Research Studies: Experimental Condensed Matter Physics

Part Time

PHPT02

Research Studies: Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

Full Time

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PHPT13

Research Studies: Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics

Part Time

PHPT03

Research Studies: Surface Physics

Full Time

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PHPT04

Research Studies: Materials Physics and Applications

Full Time

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PHPT05

Research Studies: Quantum Information and Computing

Full Time

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PHPT07

Research Studies: Nanoscience

Full Time

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PHPT14

Research Studies: Nanoscience

Part Time

PHPT08

Research Studies: Quantum Structures and Phase Transitions

Full Time

QuSPT

PHPT09

Research Studies: Cosmology and Astrophysics

Full Time

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PHPT15

Research Studies: Cosmology and Astrophysics

Part Time

PHPT10

Research Studies: Science of the Internet

Full Time

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PHPT31

Research Studies (in Physics)

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PHPT32

Research Studies (in Physics)

Full Time

 

 Key

x = Compulsory

o = Optional

xe = Compulsory for students opting to undertake an experimental research project

xt =Compulsory for students opting to undertake a theoretical research project

 

 

 

Credit

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PHP180

Context of experimental research   

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PHP181

Context of theoretical research   

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PHP 100

Mathematical Methods for Interdisciplinary Sciences

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PHC130                  

Fundamentals of Quantum

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PHD401

Superconductivity and Nanoscience         

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MPP353

Electronic Materials

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MPP242

Microscopy

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PHD230              

Quantum Computing

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PHD205              

Elementary Particle Physics

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PHC102

General Relativity and Cosmology

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PHP105

Quantum Phenomena

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PHP380/PHP382

Experimental Research Project

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PHP381/PHP383

Theoretical Research Project

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2 & 3

 

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5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to be eligible for the award, candidates must satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI.

Students who fail the assessment at their first attempt are allowed the opportunity for reassessment.  This may take place at the Special Assessment Period (if available) or when the module is offered in the following year.

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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