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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Physics and Astronomy : Postgraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy)

Postgraduate Course: Dissertation in Theoretical/Mathematical Physics (PGPH11087)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Physics and Astronomy CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeDissertation AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits60 ECTS Credits30
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 600 ( 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 567 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework
Feedback 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
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Appreciate research-level work in an area of contemporary theoretical or mathematical physics.
  2. Carry out a literature search and review existing work in an area of theoretical or mathematical physics.
  3. Perform a substantial or original calculation or computation, and present their results in a written dissertation and in an oral presentation
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsDISSTM
Contacts
Course organiserDr Franz Herzog
Tel:
Email: fherzog@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Ola Soldan-Kieliszek
Tel: (0131 6)51 3448
Email: Ola.Soldan@ed.ac.uk
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