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Unit information: Theoretical Modelling and Simulation (Core lectures III) in 2018/19

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Unit name Theoretical Modelling and Simulation (Core lectures III)
Unit code PHYSM0012
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Hayden
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Physics
Faculty Faculty of Science


This is a mandatory 10 cp unit of the 180 cp MRes programme in Condensed Matter Physics. The unit focusses on theoretical modelling and simulation of electronic materials. The aim of the unit is to give students a grounding in the theoretical methods used to calculate calculate the physical properties of electronic materials. Examples of areas covered include group theory, many body theory and electronic structure calculations.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • describe the use of group theory in condensed matter physics
  • explain the basic use of many body theory in condensed matter physics
  • describe techniques (e.g. density function theory) which are used in the calculation of the electronic structure of real materials.

Teaching details

12 x 1 hour lectures with on-line support.

Assessment Details

Assessed open book course worksheets of problems and short essay questions (10 hours, 100%).

Reading and References

To be updated by unit lecturers each year.