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Durham University

Department of Physics

Frequently-asked questions

List of FAQs

+May I leave Durham before the end of Easter Term?

Physics students have no formal physics academic commitments during the final week of term. However, the following considerations apply.

All students

All students are normally expected to meet with their academic advisers during the final week of term, so if you need to be away during that week then you should arrange to see your adviser before you leave instead.

In addition...

All continuing students

  • You will need to complete online enrolment and module registration before the end of term. It is not strictly necessary to be in Durham to register, but we recommend that you do stay in residence until the end of the Easter Term in order to be able to take advantage of the opportunities for discussion of your exam results and your module choices for the following year.
  • The Level 2, 3 and 4 course directors each normally give a talk near the end of the Easter Term - see https://www.dur.ac.uk/physics/students/registration/. Other relevant talks may also take place during this post-exams period. These talks are arranged with the intention of being helpful for students, but if you choose to miss them then that is your decision and we cannot make special arrangements for you.
  • If you wish to discuss your module choices then this is likely to be more difficult if you are not in Durham.

In addition...

Students progressing from Level 1 to Level 2

  • Level 1 physics students have no formal academic commitments after the completion of the Bridge Project.
  • Level 1 exam results are normally published on the last Tuesday of term, and you should ensure that you are in a position to look these up (electronically). 

Students progressing from Level 2 to Level 3

  • In addition to online enrolment and module registration, you need to submit (electronically) your choice of topic for the computing project for the module PHYS3561 Physics Problem Solving. This needs to be done before the end of term. Further information is made available via https://www.dur.ac.uk/physics/students/registration/ early in the Easter Term.
  • In addition, if you are considering taking the module PHYS3601 Laboratory Project, you need to submit (electronically) your choice of laboratory section. This needs to be done before the end of term. 

Students progressing from Level 3 to Level 4

  • The Level 4 project allocation is normally published at the end of the penultimate week of term. At that stage further instructions will be given regarding the procedure for those students (if any) still without a project. It is essential that all students check the projects list as early as possible to ensure that they are aware of, and available (electronically) for, the final stage of the allocation process, if required.
  • When you know which project you have been allocated, you will be expected to contact your supervisor before the end of term in order to discuss the first stages of the project and to ensure that you have access to the requisite reading material. You would normally be expected to meet with your supervisor in person, but if this is impossible then you should arrange a virtual meeting (e.g. Skype) instead.