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This is where you get to run the show. As in the real world, you will start with an idea of what physical phenomenon you want to investigate. From this, you must define which measurements are needed and the precision to which they are made. It is likely that you will have to combine many measurements, so you must decide how best to distribute your time!

Level 3 Lab Project Front

Once you have decided your aims, you will need to make a formal project plan that accounts for equipment and time. You will be encouraged to look beyond what has been provided for you so, if you don’t have all the necessary equipment, talk to the demonstrators and technicians. Throughout your investigation, demonstrators will check that your plan makes sense so that you can achieve your goals in the timespan of a term and write your report by the deadline. This check will be done formally halfway through the project, and you will have a short meeting to discuss your plans and progress.

You will have to make extensive use of all the skills that you have absorbed during the previous two years. Initiative will be required to acquire new skills and to locate additional information. In comparison to previous laboratory projects, relatively little information is provided at the start of your project. This is deliberate as you are finally in charge and must devise your own plan!

See below for example project topics:

Current Students:

Students enrolled on the module can find more information on the Learn Ultra module pages. If you have any questions, please email the relevant supervisor.



If you have any question or comments regarding the Level 3 Laboratory module, please contact the relevant supervisor, preferably by email in the first instance.


These are projects in observational astronomy which focus on the dynamical nature of the universe that take advantage of the department telescopes.
The dome begins to open above one of the department telescopes

Modern Optics

These projects provide exposure to sophisticated optical physics equipment & experimenting in topics reflecting the current trends in optical and atomic physics research.
Physics Research

High Energy Physics

These projects are heavily involved with the environmental monitoring of radioisotopes and the spectroscopy of emitted radiation.

Condensed Matter Physics

These projects cover the large breadth of this area of physics, including superconductors, electronic structure of solids, and low-temperature phase transitions.