PHY-30017 - Dissertation
Coordinator: John K Taylor Tel: +44 1782 7 33494
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 734921

Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective





Successful completion of Level 2 Astrophysics.

Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

A core module for Astrophysics majors. Use of a variety of library resources and the presentation of scientific information in the form of a paper, poster and talk. A 4,000 word dissertation is written on an approved astrophysics topic and poster and seminar presentations are made.

This module aims to develop an appreciation of the primary astrophysical literature, to develop self-study skills needed to assimilate the literature, to convey the relevance of presentation skills to science, and develop an appreciation of the open-ended nature of research

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate the ability to read and evaluate primary literature [1, 2, 3].
2. Demonstrate the ability to understand in overview an area of current research in astrophysics, and convey that
understanding through a written dissertation, and by a verbal presentation [1, 2, 3].
3. Demonstrate an appreciation of the impact of current astronomical data on the area of research chosen for
their dissertation [1].
4. Demonstrate the self-study skills and written and verbal presentation skills [1, 2, 3].

Study hours

8 hours tutorial attendance
8 hours talk and poster session
70 hours research and private study
32 hours writing the dissertation
16 hours preparing talk
16 hours preparing poster

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Dissertation weighted 60%
Dissertation 4000 words
Including submission of a draft report and a viva on the draft report.

2: Poster Presentation weighted 20%
Poster presentation
The student will be required to present and defend a poster to their peer group and the Dissertation Committee, 10 minutes plus questions and answers.

3: Oral Presentation weighted 20%
10 minute oral presentation
The student will be required to present a talk to their peer group and the Dissertation Committee and answer questions on the subject of the talk.