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Durham University

Department of Physics

PHYS3701 BSc Project (2018/19)

Details of the module's prerequisites, learning outcomes, assessment and contact hours are given in the official module description in the Faculty Handbook - follow the link above. A detailed description of the module's content is given below.


BSc Project

Dr R.M. Potvliege and others

1 lecture in Michaelmas Term


  • A research-led project, which may take the form of a literature review, allowing students to present the results of individual and independent work (note: an original contribution to scientific knowledge is not required or expected).
  • Students will choose from a wide list of broad possible topics. Each student will be assigned a member of staff as supervisor. Students will devise their own approach to researching and communicating their subject with advice from their supervisor. As part of their work they will be expected to address some of the specific aspects of their subject with the agreement of the supervisor. Students will be expected to work independently, to manage the direction of their work and to employ a significant component of self-directed learning.
  • Projects will not be experimental in nature but may have a formative computational aspect if desired by the student.
  • Presentation and communication skills.


  • Teaching will be by fortnightly supervisor meetings (typically in small groups) and self-directed learning.


  • Student performance will be summatively assessed through a presentation and a 5000-word written report.