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Modelling Solenoid

Team projects involve a group of up to six students working on a physics related problem in either the Michaelmas or Epiphany term. Experimental work will be based in the department and the problem to be tackled will be set either by local industry or members of staff from the Department. Students will be expected to evolve their own approach to the problem, organise themselves and work effectively as a team. Student performance is summatively assessed through a short written report on the project and an oral presentation. The practical sessions provide opportunity to obtain advice from staff members, for students to gauge their progress and for staff to monitor progress throughout the duration of the module.



  • This module is designed primarily for students studying Department of Physics or Natural Sciences degree programmes.
  • It builds on the Level 2 module Laboratory Skills and Electronics (PHYS2641).
  • It allows students to experience the application of physical principles to the solution of a scientific question placed in an industrial/research context.


  • 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.
  • The problem will be a true research project in that there is no correct solution and no script.
  • It might, for example, involve building a piece of equipment, testing a product, designing a control system, etc.
  • A presentation is made by the team at the end of the project.

Learning Outcomes

Having studied this module students will be able to


  • solve an advanced scientific problem using physical principles;
  • respond to a briefing on a problem by a client;
  • work successfully as part of a team to address the problem;
  • make a final presentation on the outcome of the work.



  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None