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Programme structure: Condensed Matter Physics (PhD) - what's running in 2019/20

Please note: Due to alternative arrangements for teaching and assessment in place from 18 March 2020 to mitigate against the restrictions in place due to COVID-19, information shown for 2019/20 may not always be accurate.

Please note: you are viewing unit and programme information for a past academic year. Please see the current academic year for up to date information.

The first year of the Condensed Matter Physics PhD is taught and students who leave at the end of the first year having successfully completed 180 credit points may be awarded the MRes.

A Postgraduate Certificate may be awarded on successful completion of 60 credit points and a Postgraduate Diploma on successful completion of 120 credit points.

Unit name Unit code Credit points Status Teaching Block
The Physics of Novel Materials (Core lectures I) PHYSM0011 20 Mandatory TB-1
Device Fabrication and Physical Characterisation (Core lectures II) PHYSM0008 20 Mandatory TB-2
Theoretical Modelling and Simulation (Core lectures III) PHYSM0012 10 Mandatory TB-1
Physics Techniques PHYSM0015 20 Mandatory TB-4
Research Project PHYSM0013 60 Mandatory AYEAR
Journal Club PHYSM0009 10 Mandatory TB-4
Exploratory Training Project I PHYSM0034 10 Mandatory TB-4
CDT Group Project PHYSM0036 10 Mandatory TB-4
Select 20 credit points from either:
Exploratory Training Project II PHYSM0033 20 Optional TB-4
Partner Placement in Condensed Matter Physics PHYSM0035 20 Optional TB-2
MRes   180      

Progression/award requirements

The assessment of the taught component of a doctoral degree is governed by the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes and is assessed separately from the research project. Progression to the research project may be dependent on the successful completion of the taught component - please refer to the relevant handbook for the structure of the particular programme.

The pass mark set by the University for any level 7(M) unit is 50 out of 100.

Exit awards

It may be possible to exit the programme with a taught award. For detailed rules on progression please see the Regulations and Code of Practice for Research Programmes and the relevant faculty handbook.