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MSc (T) Applied Physics

Academic Year 2016/17

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Programme Title

MSc (T) Applied Physics

Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)

Master of Science

Programme Code

APH-MSC

UCAS Code

JACS Code

F310 (DESCR) 100

Criteria for Admissions

2(i) BSc UK honors-equivalent first degree in Physics, or a closely related discipline. Applicants with non-standard qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.
International applicants or applicants who have not completed their primary or higher degree at an institution where the language of instruction and of assessment is English, will require an IELTS test with an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four test components (taken within the past two years), or an alternative English Language qualification acceptable to the University. Non-EEA nationals must also meet UK visa requirements. For details of alternative qualifications which may be acceptable for both University and immigration purposes

ATAS Clearance Required

Yes

Health Check Required

No

Portfolio Required

Interview Required

Mode of Study

Full Time

Type of Programme

Postgraduate

Length of Programme

1 Academic Year(s)

Total Credits for Programme

60

Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Awarding Institution/Body

Queen's University Belfast

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Mathematics & Physics

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/publications/information-and-guidance

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Physics, astronomy and astrophysics (2008)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit

External Examiner Name:

External Examiner Institution/Organisation

Professor Gerard O’Sullivan

University College Dublin

Professor Philippa Browning

University of Manchester

REGULATION INFORMATION

Does the Programme have any approved exemptions from the University General Regulations
(Please see General Regulations)

N/A

Programme Specific Regulations

It is normally expected that students will have passed all of the required taught modules (120 CATS points) before they begin their research project. Students who proceed to undertake project work while carrying failed modules do so at their own risk.

Students with protected characteristics

N/A

Are students subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations

(Please see General Regulations)

No

EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF PROGRAMME

Interpret the physical world and how it works through the application of fundamental postulates and assumptions.

Demonstrate practical, problem solving and personal skills which can be exploited across a broad range of employment.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate their ability to learn independently

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Emphasised and necessary to succeed in all aspects of the course

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, written coursework/assignments and project dissertation

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding in specialist applied physics topics, and an awareness of current trends and developments at the frontiers of these subjects

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and directed self-study from a range of resources and research project

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, assignments, written reports/essays, oral presentations, and oral review meetings

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Provide evidence of detailed knowledge of particular areas of Applied Physics at the forefront of current research

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and directed self-study from a range of resources and research project

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, assignments, written reports/essays, oral presentations, and oral review meetings

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Search for, evaluate and reference relevant information from a range of sources

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures/workshops on how to use, reference and review scientific papers in PHY8021, re-enforced by literature survey for research project

Methods of Assessment

Written reports, literature review and , project dissertation

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Carry out structured organisation of their own work

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Emphasised throughout but particularly by the supervisor of the research project.

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, written coursework and project dissertation

Critically analyse problems and situations

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures/workshops research project

Methods of Assessment

Assignments

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Demonstrate a high degree of specialised knowledge in a chosen area of physics research

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Research project and through literature search/review

Methods of Assessment

Project dissertation, written assignments and oral presentation

Demonstrate evidence of advanced research skills in a chosen area of physics research

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Research project and activities associated with PHY8021

Methods of Assessment

Project dissertation, written assignments and oral presentation

Plan and execute a substantial investigation in a specific research area of physics including critical and quantitative assessment of their own work and the work of others

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

One-to one supervision of substantial project performed individually in a current area of physics research to a level which could lead to publication in a peer reviewed journal

Methods of Assessment

Online safety tests, risk assessments, literature review, oral presentations, laboratory performance, oral review meeting, written report

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

On the completion of this course successful students will be able to:

Communicate complex information in a clear and concise manner both orally and in a written format with proper regard for the needs of the audience.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures/workshops on how to prepare and execute oral presentations, scientific reports and writing concisely in PHY8021. Re-enforced in project work

Methods of Assessment

Written reports and essays, oral presentations, project dissertation

Write computer programmes and use software packages to analyse data, perform numerical calculations, report results and prepare documents.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures/workshops in PHY8021 and research project

Methods of Assessment

Assignment report and project dissertation

Work independently while demonstrating time management and the ability to meet deadlines.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures/workshops in PHY8021 and research project

Methods of Assessment

Assignments and coursework. Laboratory performance as part of assessment of research project

Appreciate and demonstrate the importance of health and safety, risk assessment and scientific ethics

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Safety training courses, lectures, workshops, personal supervision

Methods of Assessment

Project/lab risk assessments, online safety tests, part of assessment of research project

MODULE INFORMATION

Programme Requirements

Module Title

Module Code

Level/ stage

Credits

Availability

Duration

Pre-requisite

 

Assessment

 

 

 

 

S1

S2

 

 

Core

Option

Coursework %

Practical %

Examination %

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

10%

0%

90%

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

10%

0%

90%

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

45%

15%

40%

1

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

100%

0%

0%

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

10%

0%

90%

2

20

YES

12 weeks

N

YES

10%

0%

90%

3

60

12 weeks

N

YES

0%

100%

0%

Notes