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POSTGRADUATE TAUGHT PROGRAMMES



MSc EuroMasters in Physics



HANDBOOK 2011/12

version 22/09/11



FACULTY OF SCIENCES











EuroMasters Handbook


School of Physical Sciences

Page
2




CONTENTS



1
Introduction.................................................................................................................
.....3

2

Programme Structure..................................................................................................
.4

3 Programme Requirements.........................................................................................6

4 SPS Staff.............................................................................................................
........
.........8



Please also refer to the School handbook and University handbook which
can be found online at:

http://www.kent.ac.uk/physical
-
sciences/handbooks/index.html










COURSE AND TERM DATES


2011/12


Term


Start




End




Weeks

Autumn


26 September 2011

16 December 2011

1

12

Spring


16 January 2012


6 April 2012


13

24

Summer


7 May 2012


15 June 2012


25

30






The information contained in this Handbook was

correct at the time of
going to print. The University,

however, reserves the right to modify or
cancel any statement in this Handbook (including the addition,

withdrawal
or restructuring of modules and programmes of study) at any time without
prior notice
.


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School of Physical Sciences

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3


1 Introduction


A rigorous two
-
year Masters degree in Physics to European specifications
is offered. Physics, Astrophysics

and Space Science strands include a
mouth
-
watering range of options in modern Physics. The programme is
aimed at generating motivated students ready for innovative careers in the
international science marketplace or for subsequent doctoral programmes
at ma
jor
European

Graduate Schools.


The degree has been developed in partnership with the South East Physics
Network (SEPnet) which comprises the universities of Kent, Portsmouth,
Queen Mary London, Royal Holloway London, Southampton, Surrey and
Sussex,

The
programme involves both a taught and research component.


In the
first year students follow a taught Masters course which includes
specialised research, and in the second year students undertake an
advanced research project with the option to change locati
ons to any
SEPnet partner university or research institution if so desired. This may
include Cern, Switzerland, the UK’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, ISIS,
Diamond or NPL.

The MSc in Physics (EuroMasters) is fully compatible with the European
Credit Tr
ansfer Accumulation System across the European Union and other
collaborating European countries, and qualifies students to pursue a career
in Physics or a PhD upon completion. It is also open to UK entrants.

Michael Smith, SEPnet
-
Astro Director of Graduate

Studies says:

“The

EuroMasters offers an unrivalled opportunity to gain an internationally
recognised degree and create a flexible programme from six leading
universities. The second year in Advanced Research encourages students to
relocate to one of our

partner universities or research institutions in either
the UK, or continental Europe, providing an invaluable network of contacts
and impressive CVs. This is designed to give graduates a competitive edge in
the international job market."







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School of Physical Sciences

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4


2
Programme Structure


Each year comprises two 12
-
week teaching terms and a third 6
-
week
‘examinations’ term; thus, there are 60 study weeks in total. The course is
divided into study blocks called modules, each of which has a credit value
of 15 credits. E
ach 15 credit module represents approximately 150 hours
of student learning, endeavour and assessment


including up to a
maximum of 50 hours of direct teaching. The structure of the programmes
is shown below, with details being available in the SPS Stude
nt Handbook
and on the departmental web site (
www.kent.ac.uk/physical
-
sciences/
). It
is important to note that the programme, as laid out below, is subject to
change in terms of available modules an
d their scheduling.

The programme is studied over two years full time. It is divided into two
stages each comprising of 120 credits and students must achieve specified
requirements before being permitted to proceed to the next stage. For full
-
time studen
ts each stage represents an academic year of study. Thus, for a
full
-
time student each year of study involves approximately 1200 hours of
learning time.

To be eligible for the award of a Master of Science in Physics degree
students have to obtain 240 cred
its, at least 210 of which must be at Level
M. The programme is structured for two different “streams” of students,
one specialising in (a) astrophysics
and the other specialising in (c
)
condensed matter physics. This corresponds to the School’s involvemen
t in
two different research themes in SEPnet.

At its discretion the University allows for narrow failure in a small
proportion of modules to be compensated by good performance in other
modules or, in cases of documented illness or other mitigating
circumst
ances, condoned. Because of the intellectually progressive nature
of this degree programme, each year's study builds on the previous year,
and requires successful completion of all of the previous year's study as a
pre
-
requisite. For this reason, Boards
of Examiners will NOT permit the
trailing of any modules except at their discretion in exceptional
circumstances. Also at its discretion the University may decide to award a
postgraduate diploma to students who do not continue to the second year
of this de
gree at Kent or any of the SEPnet partner institutions provided
they have gained 120 credits overall with at least 90 credits at level M.

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Furthermore, students who have been unable to complete year 1
successfully, but who have achieved at least 60 credits

from any of the
modules are eligible for the award of a Postgraduate Certificate.


Year 1

The first year required modules are as follows:




PH7
22

-

Particle & Quantum Physics



PH7
2
4
-

Science of Complex Systems



PH752
-

Magnetism and Superconductivity




PH800
-

Biomedical Optics



PS700
-

Physics Research Planning



PH751
-

Research Review




PH709
-

Space Science & Exoplanets


Students in the
Atomic &

Condensed Matter strand will also take:




P
S701



Functional Materials


Students in the Astrophysics strand
will also take:




PH712
-

Interstellar Medium & Cosmology



Year 2


In the second year students will undertake an advanced research project
which is worth 120 credits. Students can stay at Kent for the research
project, or transfer to a SEPnet partner unive
rsity or research institute.
Students who have successfully completed the first year at a SEPnet
partner university may transfer to Kent in order to undertake the research
project here in the second year.


This programme is conducted in the English Langua
ge.




3 Programme Requirements


Code

Title

Level

Credits

Term(s)

S
tream

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Year 1

Required Modules

PH722

Particle & Quantum
Physics

M

15

1

a & c

PH724

Science of Complex
Systems

M

15

2

a & c

PH752

Magnetism and
Superconductivity

M

15

2

a & c

PH800

Biomedical Optics

M

15

1
-
2

a & c

PS700

Physics Research
Planning

M

15

1
-
2


a & c

PH751

Research Review

M

15

1
-
2

a & c

PH709

Space Science &
Exoplanets

M

15

1


a & c

PS701 Option
:

Atomic &
Condensed
Matter

Functional Materials

M

15

1
-
2

c

PH712
Option
:

Astrophysics

Interstellar Medium &
Cosmology

M

15

2

a

Year 2

Required Modules

PHXXX B


Research project

M

120

1
-
2

a & c



4

SPS Staff


All staff within the School of Physical Sciences can be found at:

http://www.kent.ac.uk/physical
-
sciences/staff/index.html

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However, staff you may come into more frequent contact wit
h are:



Professor Michael D Smith, Professor of Astronomy

Office: Room 101, Ingram Building

Telephone: (01227) 827654

Fax: 01227 827558

Email:
m.d.smith@kent.ac.uk


Mr Russell Weeks, SEPnet Clerical Assistant

Office: Room 205, Ingram Building

Telephone: (01227) 824392

Fax: 01227 827558

Email:
r.weeks@kent.ac.uk


Mr James Redmond, School Administration Manager

Office: Room 211a, Ingram Building

Telephone: (01227) 82408
6

Fax: 01227 827558

Email:
j.r.redmond@kent.ac.uk


Ms Christine Vickerman, Student Support Advisor

Office: Room 207, Ingram Building

Telephone: (01227) 827311

Fax: 01227 827558

Email:
c.a.vickerman@kent.ac.uk


Kim Harty, Taught Programmes Officer

Office: Room 205, Ingram Building

Telephone: (01227) 823767

Fax: 01227 827558

Email:
k.l.harty@kent.ac.uk


Sarah Saunders, Po
stgraduate & Recruitment Coordinator

Office: Room
209
, Ingram Building

Telephone: (01227) 82
3783

Fax: 01227 827558

Email:
s.a.saunders@kent.ac.uk






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APPENDIX 1

Module

PH751
-

Research Review



PH751 is very important since it can be made to provide the fundaments for the second year
Research Project although it is not a requirement for there to be a connection.

The Introductory Lecture and the process of choosing a tutor are to be arranged in th
e second
week of term when the schedule and deadlines will also be set.


A synopsis of the curriculum:



Introduction (1 lecture
, to be arranged
)



There is no curriculum. In consultation with a member of staff the student will choose
a topic within a physics
discipline and write an article on that topic that would be
suitable for publication in the scientific literature as a review article.



An indicative Reading List which demonstrates the nature of a review:



Journal: Reviews of Modern Physics (American P
hysical Society)



Journal: Reports on Progress in Physics (Institute of Physics)



Journal: Condensed Matter Physics: Eds Seitz, Turnbull and Ehrenreich (Academic
Press)



Journal:
Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics

(Springer)



Learning and Teaching
Methods, including the nature and number of contact hours and the
total study hours which will be expected of students, and how these relate to achievement
of the intended learning outcomes
:



This module is essentially self
-
taught. The students will be assi
gned a tutor for the
module who can advise them on the subject, direct them to the relevant literature and
advise them on the subject as and when required. They are expected to spend a total
of 150 hours on this module.


Assessment methods and how these r
elate to testing achievement of the intended learning
outcomes

80% Review Article,
20% Oral P
resentation. All learning outcomes are tested in the
review article itself, while the ability to communicate to a scientifically literate, but non
-
specialist audi
ence is also tested orally in the presentation.


PH751
-

Hints on Review Writing

Your report should be typed, double
-
spaced, single
-
sided and should not
normally
exceed
10000 words (approximately 25 sides of A4) including tables and diagrams. Additional material is
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best put in appendices and is
not
included in the 25 page limit. Number your pages! As a general
rule, your report should

contain the following.

PLEA
SE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING WITH YOUR SUBMISSION


Required Elements



Editable files of manuscript, figures, and tables (word processing file for
text; see Graphics Guide for





acceptable figure file types)



Title Page: full article title, author(s) name(s)

and affiliation(s) including
email(s), corresponding 



author contact information




Article Table of Contents: listing all 1st and 2nd level headings




Key Words: as many as 6, not already in title




Abstract: 150 words at maximum




Headings: clearly forma
tted throughout text




Tables: either all at end of article, following Literature Cited, or submitted as
separate file



Literature Cited
: any consistent system e.g. Smith & Jones (2011)




PDF file of final manuscript, including all figures, tables,
references, and optional
elements (below)




Figures: color as well as black & white, each with own legend clearly labeled;
separate file for each




figure
, do not integrate within text. Provide a PDF file
of all final figures submitted. Obtain any necessary 



permissions for use

All figures, tables, and references should be called out in the main text

Optional Elements



Abbreviations/Acronyms list: spell

out up to 10 most important acronyms used in
text; insert below 



Literature Cited



Key Terms/Definitions list: as many as 10 major terms used in text, each term
limited to 20 words max; 



insert below Literature Cited



Summary Points list: highlight
the central points of your review (as many as 8);
insert above 



Acknowledgments and/or Literature Cited



Future Issues list: note where research may be headed (as many as 8); insert
above Acknowledgments 



and/or Literature Cited



Annotated References
: brief (15 words max) explanation of citation’s importance
(as many as 10); 



insert below Literature Cited



Related Resources list: up to 10 references, not listed in Literature Cited, to
materials (websites, articles, 



animations) that may be of i
nterest to
readers; insert below Literature Cited



( Before handing in your report,
make a photo
-
copy for yourself



for you will surely
wish to consult it later before your viva
-
voce examination ).

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Title Page

-

This should be on the outside front cover of your report and should show your name,
the title of the
review
,
the Module code and name,
the year in which it was don
e, the name of
your supervisor(s).

Abstract

-

This can be difficult to get just right, but

in general it should be no more than about 15
lines long. It is easy to be too detailed. Aim to make the abstract useful to the External Examiner,
i.e. a widely educated scientist who knows nothing at all about your project or its history, but who
wishe
s to be informed in broad terms as quickly as possible.

Conclusion
-

This is an important part of your report, but should be less than two pages
. The 2
nd

Marker and/or your supervisor may well read your conclusion immediately after reading the
Abstract
.

S
ummarise the

major achievements and results

in the field
. List any major short
comings.
Suggest how the field

can be improved and indicate directions for future work.

General

-

Do not use ' I '. Write in the impersonal style found in scientific papers. Do not include
funny or sarcastic remarks. Do not p
ad out, and avoid long sentences
. Make sensible use of
paragraphs to split up the text.




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APPENDIX 2 NOTES FOR 2011


Advice on Word and Latex templates
f or PH751
will be made available.

An opportunity to obtain feedback on the draft manuscript
for PH751
will be provided.


The sc
hedule and deadlines

for PH751

are to be deter
rmined in consultation

in Week 2
.

Choice of
Supervisors:

http://www.kent.ac.uk/physical
-
sciences/staff/index.html



Choices for Themes:

http://www.kent.ac.uk/physical
-
sciences/research/index.html



Examples of potential projects:

http://www.kent.ac.uk/physical
-
sciences/prospect
ive/postgraduate/available
-
research
-
projects.html




SDS

SDS Programme: PHYS
-
EURO:MSc
-
T

SDS ERROR: module list excludes PH751 (see Appendix below for this)

PH800: Detail being tracked down!


SDS timetable assumes Astro option PH712 rather than CM option PS
701 (however, it is possible to
change)


MOODLE

All lecture notes are
(
or should be
) assessi
ble from:

https://moodle.kent.ac.uk/moodle/


ERRONOUS
WEBPAGES


The following w
ebpages are seriously flawed.
Also the tuition fees are not made clear.
Together , this has not helped the marketing of the course.
Russell Weeks and Michael Smith
have not had success in updating these pages which have been out of
our
control all summer.


http://www.kent.ac.uk/physical
-
sciences/prospective/postgraduate/programmes/index.html?tab=msc
-
in
-
physicseuromasters



http://www.sepnet.ac.uk/study/index.html

leads

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-
sciences/msc
-
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