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Team Projects Overview

This module allows students to experience the application of physical principles to the solution of a scientific question placed in an industrial/research context. For example, projects have been run in conjunction with EDF, Procter & Gamble, Coltraco Ultrasonics, Magnitude Biosciences and Kromek. Durham students have learnt more than they ever expected about freezing ice cream, what goes on inside a dishwasher, how gas pipes are inspected, and numerous other applications of physics outside the classroom.

Logos of outside companies that have partnered with us to host Team Projects

Revolutionary, Award-winning Enterprise

The Team Projects scheme evolved about 20 years ago out of the Enterprise in Higher Education scheme and, until recently, Team Projects were a unique feature of the Durham Physics course. It was so successful that the Institute of Physics asked Durham to lead a project to help other physics departments in the UK to start similar courses. Since then, several other departments (15 at the time of writing) in the UK have started their own courses based on the Durham Team projects!


In 2015, the Bragg Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics was awarded to Prof. Paula Chadwick for her work on developing the Team Projects.


  • Students can find out more information regarding the course here.
  • Potential clients can find out more information about the project structure as well as previous projects that students have completed.



Information for students and clients

For students

Team projects involve a group of up to six students working on a physics-related problem set by either members of staff from the Department or by local industry.
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For clients

We are looking for real projects rather than exercises: ones where clients would really like an answer, but perhaps haven't had the time, resource or expertise to pursue.
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Team Project Co-ordinator

Prof Del Atkinson

Tel: +44 (0) 191 33 43592


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Previous clients

More information on previous work completed during the Team Projects can be found here

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