Postgraduate Course: Dissertation in Theoretical/Mathematical Physics (PGPH11087)
|School||School of Physics and Astronomy
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course is compulsory for all students on the MSc programmes in Mathematical Physics and Theoretical Physics.
The dissertation comprises a report of circa15000 words/50 pages describing a 3-month project applying the techniques and skills developed from the taught courses. Students are also required to present their work as a seminar to the School.
The dissertation must be based on original work carried out solely by the candidate and conform to the University's regulations. The project work may be undertaken within the School of Physics and Astronomy or in an external organisation. The subject area covered by the project can, with the approval of the Programme Director, be chosen by the candidate to align with their own research interests.
Research-level work in theoretical and/or Mathematical Physics, to include:
1. Literature review.
2. Analysis of recent work in the area.
3. Substantial calculation or computation.
4. Written report, including critical analysis of results.
5. Oral presentation after completion of dissertation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 10,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 4,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 6,
Summative Assessment Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 12,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Feedback to students is provided in several ways including weekly meetings with supervisors, informal written feedback on draft dissertation sections, and verbal feedback after the dissertation presentations.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Appreciate research-level work in an area of contemporary theoretical or mathematical physics.
- Carry out a literature search and review existing work in an area of theoretical or mathematical physics.
- Perform a substantial or original calculation or computation, and present their results in a written dissertation and in an oral presentation
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Arjun Berera
Tel: (0131 6)50 5246
|Course secretary||Ms Grace Wilson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5310