Project selection

Please have a look at the project descriptions below and consult potential supervisors to get more information.

selection form: Year 3 Year 4
deadline: Wed 4 Oct 2pm

Once you've decided which projects interest you most, choose your favourite four using the online project selection form by the deadline shown in the table on the overview page. Your selection must include projects from at least three different supervisors. We'll try to accommodate everybody's preferences while keeping the supervision workload balanced between staff. The module co-ordinator's decision on project allocation is final.

The project descriptions linked from the list below specify the topic, supervisor and nature of the project (experimental, computational, theoretical...). All projects are open to all students, but the supervisor can issue guidance as to whether a project is particularly suitable for a specialty or joint degrees. All projects can be chosen by 3rd-year students, but if the project is suitable for 4th-years, there is an additional scope section explaining what is expected of a 4th-year student over and above what a 3rd-year group should aim for. This will typically cover more challenging or difficult aspects of the project, not just a greater amount of data to process.

The novelty section gives you an estimate of how open-ended a project is. A novel research project will be more challenging but also potentially more rewarding, as you may be the first person to discover a novel bit of science. There is a section about project milestones and deliverables against which your progress will be judged. These are project-specific targets which the supervisor specifies to ensure your project remains on track. The general deadlines for assessed components apply independently of these. The references at the bottom are meant to give you some background and starting points for your own literature research.

Project list

The project list is being updated over the summer. More projects will be added to the list over the next few weeks. The list will be complete by mid September.

Currently showing: projects suitable only for Yr3

Change list contents:  [suitable only for Yr3]  [suitable for both Yr3 and Yr4]  [all projects]  [latest uploads]

Click the title of a project to view a full project description.

full jnt. exp instr data softw theor topic supervisor working title
XXXXmaterTony CookInscription/Impression Reading on Archaeological Artefacts and Manuscripts
XXXspaceTony CookLunar Polarimetry
XXXXspaceTony CookPhysics of a Collimator Telescope
XXXXotherTony CookSea Surface Characteristic Monitoring Using A Robotic Telescope
XXXotherChris FinlaysonCommissioning of a Fabry-Perot interferometer
XXXXmaterChris FinlaysonSimulating Photonic Crystals; periodicity in dielectric multilayers
XXXXmaterChris FinlaysonTesting of Silicon Solar Cell Modules
XXXmaterDave LangstaffBuilding a static light scattering instrument
XXXmaterDave LangstaffDesign, construction and calibration of a low-cost spectrometer
XXXXmaterDave LangstaffDetection and remediation of hot pixel events
XXXmaterDave LangstaffDetermination of Ice volume by capacitance measurement
XXXXspaceDave LangstaffSunspot tracking using ImageJ and Python
XXXXspaceMaire GormanCalculation of line lists for OH+ and OH-
XXXXotherEleri PryseApplication of modern technology to complement secondary-school Physics studies
XXXotherEleri PryseExperimental Tomography
XXXXotherEleri PryseExperiments and Demonstrations to complement A level Physics studies
XXXspaceEleri PryseSimulation of radio-wave propagation using ultrasound
XXXXspaceEleri PryseSolar wind conditions driving geomagnetic activity

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