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Unit information: Industrial Placement with Distance Learning in 2018/19

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Unit name Industrial Placement with Distance Learning
Unit code PHYSM0003
Credit points 120
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Professor. Cherns
Open unit status Not open

Normally 120 credit points at Level I/5 Physics units. In order to progress in a degree programme with Study in Industry or with Industrial Experience (and thus spend Year 3 in industry), a candidate is required to achieve a sufficiently high standard in the major subject, including practical work (normally obtaining assessment marks of at least 60 in the Level I/5 units).



School/department School of Physics
Faculty Faculty of Science


This unit comprises the period spent in an industrial placement, involving work with a company guided on a day-to-day basis by an industrial supervisor and under the general supervision of an academic supervisor, and completion of an industrial project. In addition there is distance learning via monitored independent study of Core Physics units PHYS30021 Solid State Physics and PHYS32011 Quantum Physics.


The aim of this unit is to provide students with additional knowledge and skills derived from spending a period in industry as well offering an insight into the use of physics and the experience of physicists in a commercial environment. To their knowledge of physics, the industrial placement will add the discipline of time-management, individual responsibility within team-working, an understanding of commercial pressures and entrepreneurial skills. Students will complete an industrial project of equivalent standard to that taken by students of the MSci in Physics programme.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of the unit the student should have knowledge and understanding of:

  • projects of industrial relevance and have contributed thereto,
  • one research project which has been completed alone or with a partner,
  • the way in which physics is used in an industrial or commercial environment,
  • the value of team-working,
  • improved time-management,
  • the pressures of working within budget and to time, the importance of good communications.

Teaching details

Students will maintain regular contact with the School of Physics through an academic supervisor but work full-time (35+ hours per week) at an industrial placement under the management of an Industrial supervisor. Time will be allowed within the placement for some 180 hours of study of academic material outlined by the academic supervisor.

Assessment Details

Assessment of the industrial work is on a day-to-day basis by the Industrial supervisor; assessment of placement is by two short reports, the first in week 12 and the second by the 31st July. The Industrial Project report is also due by 31st July and is assessed as for PHYSM3000 by both Academic and Industrial supervisors; the distance learning elements are assessed by written examination; an interview is conducted by an Academic panel.

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