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Unit information: Quantum Engineering Individual Project B in 2020/21

Unit name Quantum Engineering Individual Project B
Unit code PHYSM0018
Credit points 40
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Jorge Barreto
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Physics
Faculty Faculty of Science


This is one of two independent research units for the Quantum Engineering centre for doctoral training, of approximately four months duration. Students will choose projects that have been vetted as appropriate to quantum engineering from proposals submitted by potential supervisors. They are encouraged to expand their horizons with one of the two projects (e.g. a theory project for an experimentalist). It is possible that one could grow into a PhD project.

Intended learning outcomes

The main purpose of this unit is to foster independent research skills. Other outcomes include:

  • The development of specific experimental or theoretical techniques involved in the projects.
  • The development of time and project management skills.
  • The ability to write technical scientific documents.
  • The ability to communicate scientific results.

Teaching details

Supervised independent research project.

Assessment Details

Formative assessment will consist of a progress review outlining the student’s research plan to be completed within the first month, assessed by the supervisor.

Summative assessment will depend on the student’s assessment choice for the mandatory Research Project A (PHYSM0017) module, and will take the form of either an approximately 30 minute-long presentation to be given to the cohort or a report of approximately 3000 words.

Across both modules, every student has to be assessed by means of both a presentation and a report. Assessment will be 50% by the supervisor, 25% by a second assessor (from the QE-CDT academic staff), and 25% by a third assessor (from the academic pool at the University not excluding the QE-CDT staff).

Reading and References

To be specified by the supervisor.