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MSci Physics with Medical Applications

Academic Year 2020/21

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Programme Title MSci Physics with Medical Applications Final Award
(exit route if applicable for Postgraduate Taught Programmes)
Master in Science
Programme Code PHY-MSCI UCAS Code F3BX HECoS Code 100419 - Medical physics - 15
100425 - Physics - 85
ATAS Clearance Required No
Mode of Study Full Time
Type of Programme Undergraduate Master Length of Programme 4 Academic Year(s) Total Credits for Programme 480
Exit Awards available

INSTITUTE INFORMATION

Teaching Institution

Queen's University Belfast

School/Department

Mathematics & Physics

Framework for Higher Education Qualification Level 
www.qaa.ac.uk

Level 7

QAA Benchmark Group
www.qaa.ac.uk/quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics (2019)

Accreditations (PSRB)

Institute of Physics

Date of most recent Accreditation Visit 26-03-19

REGULATION INFORMATION

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

No

Programme Specific Regulations

Transfers to other Programmes
At any time, normally up to the end of Stage 2, students may transfer to the BSc Programme in Physics with Medical Applications, BSc Physics or BSc Physics with Astrophysics

Progression
Students must pass module PHY1004 Scientific Skills before progressing to level 2
At the end of Stages 2 and 3, students require an overall weighted average of at least 55% before rounding to progress to the next stage.
At the end of stages 2 and 3, students with an overall weighted average less than 55% will be required to transfer to the BSc Physics with Medical Applications degree.
To progress from stage 3 to stage 4 students must maintain a weighted average of at least 55%
Students who fail to maintain this average will be required to transfer to the BSc pathway. They may be awarded a BSc degree if they meet the criteria for this award.

MSci. Physics with Medical Applications
For the award of the degree, in addition to the standard University requirements, it is required to pass modules PHY3006, PHY4003, and PHY4004. If the standard University requirements for the award of an MSci. degree is met, but these pass criteria have not been met, an MSci. Physics may be awarded instead. If the criteria for the award of an MSci. degree are not met, a BSc. degree in either Physics or Physics with Medical Applications may be awarded

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/universe and how it works through experimental observation and the application of fundamental postulates and assumptions, with particular emphasis on Medical Applications

Demonstrate mathematical, computational, practical, problem solving, and personal skills which prepares the student to perform research and development in the physical sciences within academic, public or private institutions, or employment in a range of sectors, such as education, engineering, biotechnology, health care, software development, business and finance.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learning Outcomes: Cognitive Skills

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

Exploit modern computer technology to develop bespoke software codes, perform simulations, solve equations, and analyse data

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Coding techniques and strategies introduced via lectures and then applied in computer labs through development of physical models, numerical solutions to equations, and statistical analysis. Skills also applied in experimental labs, computational projects/assignments and research project work

Methods of Assessment

Use of computing for laboratory/project analysis and reports, coding assignments, numerical problem solving assignments, mini-projects (group and individual)

Perform dimensional analysis and order of magnitude estimates

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Discussed and demonstrated in lectures and tutorials.

Methods of Assessment

Assignments, tutorial performance

Learning Outcomes: Knowledge & Understanding

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

Demonstrate knowledge and conceptual understanding of the theory and application of core physics concepts in the areas of classical and relativistic mechanics, quantum physics, condensed matter, electromagnetism, optics and thermodynamics.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Primarily through lectures and directed self-study from a range of resources. Reinforcement via tutorials, laboratory experiments and projects

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, class tests, written and online assignments, tutorial performance, written reports, oral presentations

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding in selected specialist physics topics, particularly medical physics, 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, research projects and group projects.

Methods of Assessment

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

Display knowledge of a range of mathematical techniques and apply them in a variety of physical situations, especially those used in medical physics

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures, workshops, tutorials and problem solving classes to acquire and practice mathematical techniques and their application

Methods of Assessment

Explicitly in examinations, class tests, written and online assignments. Implicitly in all other assessments using quantitative physical models

Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific

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

Plan and execute a substantial experimental or theoretical investigation in a current research area of physics or medical 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 or as part of a team in a current area of physics research to a level which could lead to publications in peer reviewed journals.

Methods of Assessment

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

Plan, execute and report the results of an experiment or investigation, particularly those of relevant to medical physics, and compare results critically with predictions from theory

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Laboratory experiments, computational projects and research projects

Methods of Assessment

Assignments, written reports, oral presentations, oral review meetings

Identify the principles underlying physical problems, particularly those of relevance in medicine, formulate them mathematically, and obtain analytical, approximate, or numerical solutions.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Concepts primarily introduced in lectures. Techniques used to obtain quantitative outcomes presented, discussed and practiced in lectures, tutorials, laboratories, individual and group projects

Methods of Assessment

Examinations, class tests, written and online assignments, tutorial performance, written reports, oral presentations

Learning Outcomes: Transferable Skills

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

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, assignments

Work independently and as part of a team/group of peers while demonstrating time management and the ability to meet deadlines.

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Laboratory experiments, research projects, group projects, and personal tutoring/supervision/mentoring

Methods of Assessment

Written reports, oral presentations, peer review. Time management /deadlines implicit to all continuous assessment,

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures and computer practicals on computer coding principles, syntax for specific languages, using Excel and Matlab, data analysis and numerical techniques.

Methods of Assessment

Coding and numerical problem solving assignments and mini-projects (group and individual)

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/popular articles, and writing concisely. Re-enforced at all levels through supervision during labs, research projects and group projects, and formative and summative feedback for student coursework.

Methods of Assessment

Written reports and essays, oral presentations (for individual and group projects)

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

Teaching/Learning Methods and Strategies

Lectures/workshops on how to use and reference and review library books, scientific papers, and internet sources. Supervision during labs, research projects and group projects, and formative and summative feedback for student coursework.

Methods of Assessment

Written reports and essays, oral presentations (for individual and group projects), literature reviews

MODULE INFORMATION

Stages and Modules

Module Title Module Code Level/ stage Credits

Availability

Duration Pre-requisite

Assessment

S1 S2 Core Option Coursework % Practical % Examination %
Foundation Physics PHY1001 1 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 0% 30% 70%
Mathematics for Scientists and Engineers PHY1002 1 40 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 0% 20% 80%
Computational Modelling in Physics PHY1003 1 20 YES YES 18 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Scientific Skills PHY1004 1 20 YES YES 24 weeks N YES 70% 30% 0%
Quantum & Statistical Physics PHY2001 2 20 YES 12 weeks Y YES 40% 0% 60%
Physics of the Solid State PHY2002 2 20 YES 12 weeks Y YES 40% 0% 60%
Astrophysics I PHY2003 2 20 YES 12 weeks Y YES 20% 40% 40%
Electricity, Magnetism and Optics PHY2004 2 20 YES 12 weeks Y YES 40% 0% 60%
Atomic and Nuclear Physics PHY2005 2 20 YES 12 weeks Y YES 40% 0% 60%
Mathematical Physics PHY2006 2 20 YES 12 weeks Y YES 40% 0% 60%
Employability for Physics PHY2010 2 0 YES 10 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Quantum Mechanics and Relativity PHY3001 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 20% 0% 80%
Advanced Solid State Physics PHY3002 3 20 YES 12 weeks Y YES 20% 0% 80%
Astrophysics II PHY3003 3 20 YES 12 weeks Y YES 20% 0% 80%
Advanced Electromagnetism and Optics PHY3004 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 20% 0% 80%
Nuclear and Particle Physics PHY3005 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 20% 0% 80%
Physics in Medicine PHY3006 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 50% 0% 50%
Professional Skills PHY3008 3 20 YES YES 12 weeks N YES 30% 70% 0%
Computational Projects PHY3009 3 20 YES 12 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Physics Research Project PHY4001 4 60 YES 12 weeks N YES 70% 30% 0%
Ionising Radiation in Medicine PHY4003 4 10 YES 6 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Medical Radiation Simulation PHY4004 4 10 YES 6 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Planetary Systems PHY4005 4 10 YES 6 weeks Y YES 100% 0% 0%
High Energy Astrophysics PHY4006 4 10 YES 6 weeks Y YES 100% 0% 0%
Laser Physics PHY4007 4 10 YES 6 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Plasma Physics PHY4008 4 10 YES 6 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Physics of Materials Characterisation PHY4009 4 10 YES 6 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%
Ultrafast Science PHY4011 4 10 YES 6 weeks N YES 30% 0% 70%
Cosmology PHY4016 4 10 YES 6 weeks N YES 100% 0% 0%

Notes

At Stage 2 Students are required to take the four compulsory modules

At Stage 2 Students are required to take the six compulsory modules. Students wishing to take a placement year must enrol on module PHY2010

At Stage 3 Students must take PHY3006, PHY3008 and PHY3009 and an approved combination of three other Level 3 modules listed. With approval students may take AMA3002 instead of PHY3001

At Stage 4 Students must take PHY4001, PHY4003, PHY4004, and any combination of four of the other half modules listed