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

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Unit name Quantum Engineering Individual Project A
Unit code PHYSM0017
Credit points 40
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Jon Pugh
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.Contact Hours Per Week 1-2. Student Input Approximately 400 hours of effort, approximately 20 of which would be contact with supervisor(s). The remainder would be split, depending on the particular project, between background reading, laboratory time, calculations, and preparation of the report.

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 take the form of a report of approximately 3000 words, assessed by the


Reading and References

To be specified by the supervisor.