Please have a look at the project descriptions below and consult potential supervisors to get more information.
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.
There are currently 145 projects available with the chosen characteristics.
Click the title of a project to view a full project description.
|working title||supervisor||Densest packing of hard ellipses in containers||Adil Mughal||The Pendulum Catch||Adil Mughal||Optical Testing||Matt Gunn||Radiation dose dependent Infrared Photoluminescence of Feldspar||Matt Gunn||Variable Angle Spectroscopic Ellipsometry of thin oxide films||Matt Gunn||Non-linear Alfven waves||Xing Li||Einstein ring -- gravitational lensing||Xing Li||Multi-spacecraft data analysis of plasma turbulence||Xing Li||Observational study of MHD waves in the solar corona||Xing Li||Rotational motions of solar filaments/prominences||Xing Li||Streamer waves||Xing Li||Twisting a magnetic tube: filament eruption and coronal mass ejections||Xing Li||Wind from the Sun or other stars||Xing Li||Bell’s Spaceship Paradox||Balázs Pintér||Effects of Solar Weather on the Earth's Magnetosphere||Balázs Pintér||Relativistic Doppler Effects||Balázs Pintér||Revisiting the Twin Paradox of Special Relativity||Balázs Pintér||The Lock and Key Paradox of Special Relativity||Balázs Pintér||Tracking a Sunspot||Balázs Pintér||Visual Appearance of Fast-Moving Objects||Balázs Pintér||Wave Propagation in Inhomogeneous Media||Balázs Pintér||Application of modern technology to complement secondary-school Physics studies||Eleri Pryse||Experimental Tomography||Eleri Pryse||Experiments and Demonstrations to complement A level Physics studies||Eleri Pryse||Simulation of radio-wave propagation using ultrasound||Eleri Pryse||Solar wind conditions driving geomagnetic activity||Eleri Pryse||Tomography - a theoretical study||Eleri Pryse||A large statistical study of solar active region mass/temperatures from 2010-2016||Huw Morgan||Automated detection and classification of filaments/coronal holes in solar EUV images||Huw Morgan||CME events in the low corona as observed by AIA/SDO||Huw Morgan||Robotic Solar Telescopes||Huw Morgan||Space Weather forecasting: Predicting the occurrence of large eruptions from solar active regions||Huw Morgan||The Effect of the Earth's Atmosphere on Solar Radiation||Huw Morgan||The magnetic field of the solar corona||Huw Morgan||What's hot and what's not: a multi-wavelength study of the Sun||Huw Morgan||Combinatorics and quantum theory||John Gough||Feedback & Control for Physicists: Digital Control Loops||John Gough||Feedback & Control for Physicists: Michelson Interferometer||John Gough||Feedback & Control for Physicists: Operational Amplifiers||John Gough||Hybrid Quantum Networks||John Gough||Path Integrals||John Gough||Quantum Fisher Information: Energy-Time Uncertainty Relations||John Gough||Quantum Fisher Information: Natural Quantum Gradient||John Gough||Absolute and Convective Instabilities||Youra Taroyan||Alfven waves in the solar atmosphere||Youra Taroyan||Density Diagnostics in the Solar Corona||Youra Taroyan||Theory of magnetic reconnection||Youra Taroyan||Theory of shock waves||Youra Taroyan||Tsunami Simulations||Youra Taroyan||Vertical Propagation of Acoustic Waves in a Stratified Atmosphere||Youra Taroyan||Wave detection in the solar atmosphere with Hinode/EIS||Youra Taroyan||Analysis of minerals and pigments for heritage science||Rachel Cross||Measuring strain and colour in diamonds||Rachel Cross||Nano diamond interaction with natural bio-pigments||Rachel Cross||Optical properties of Boron Nitride||Rachel Cross||Optical properties of synthetic diamond||Rachel Cross||School Curriculum Enrichment - Nanomaterials||Rachel Cross||School Curriculum Enrichment - Space||Rachel Cross||Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy||Rachel Cross||Reading information from a noisy quantum bit||Jukka Kiukas||Computational Simulation of C60 and Fullerene derivatives||Chris Finlayson||Computational Simulation of Chiral Molecules||Chris Finlayson||Computational Simulations of Organic Semiconductors||Chris Finlayson||Optical Properties of Polymer Opal Thin-films||Chris Finlayson||Quantitative measurements of Light-Emitting Diodes using an integrating sphere method (not to be chosen by pairs)||Chris Finlayson||Rheological Study of Soft Photonics Materials||Chris Finlayson||Simulating particle packing and ordering effects in Photonic Crystals||Chris Finlayson||Small molecule semiconductors||Chris Finlayson||Spin-coated oxides; preparation and characterisation||Chris Finlayson||A Reflective Pin Hole Telescope||Tony Cook||Cardigan Bay Wave Height Measurements Using a Telescope||Tony Cook||Detection of Very Faint Comets or Asteroids in Time Sequence Astrophotography||Tony Cook||Efficient Drying of Clothes on Washing Lines||Tony Cook||Feasibility of Cymatics to Sort Spacecraft Soil Samples||Tony Cook||Lord Kelvin's Water Drop System for Separating/Storing Charge and Making Sparks!||Tony Cook||Lunar Impact Flash Observations||Tony Cook||Lunar Occultations of Binary Stars||Tony Cook||Mechanoluminescence Produced from Rock Particles in a Kitchen Blender||Tony Cook||NASA LROC Imagery - Change Detection on the Lunar Surface||Tony Cook||Optical SETI||Tony Cook||Orb Photography of Dust Particles||Tony Cook||Sea Surface Characteristic Monitoring Using A Robotic Telescope||Tony Cook||Searching for Impact Basins on the Moon||Tony Cook||String Telephone Experiments||Tony Cook||Transient Lunar Phenomenon Detection Techniques||Tony Cook||Electrical characteristics of wide band-gap semiconductor diodes||Andrew Evans||Electron emission from semiconductor surfaces||Andrew Evans||Electronic and optical properties of graphene||Andrew Evans||Optical properties of nanoparticles||Andrew Evans||Spectroscopy of ultrathin films||Andrew Evans||Mapping the velocity of flare coronal loops||David Kuridze||Measuring magnetic fields in sunspots||David Kuridze||Error Propagation and the Manipulation of Remotely Sensed Data||Tom Knight||Feature Parameterisation for Grazing Incidence X-Ray Scattering||Tom Knight||Feature Spatial Analysis of Data from Atomic Force Microscopy||Tom Knight||Parametrising Transient Phenomena From Image Sequences||Tom Knight||Parametrising Transient Sunspot Properties||Tom Knight||Smoothed Particle Heat Equation||Tom Knight||Spherical Data Display||Tom Knight||Visualisation of Physical and Mathematical Concepts for Education and Outreach||Tom Knight||Bouncing billiard balls: modelling the dynamics of hard sphere systems||Edwin Flikkema||Finding the optimal arrangements of atoms in a cluster||Edwin Flikkema||Graph based sampling of fully-coordinated geometries of clusters of network-forming materials||Edwin Flikkema||How to avoid getting stuck: using Parallel Tempering to simulate systems at low temperature||Edwin Flikkema||Knots, links, rings and other things: simulating topological interaction in polymer systems||Edwin Flikkema||Molecular Dynamics simulation of supercooled liquids and glasses||Edwin Flikkema||Snakes on a lattice: using Wang-Landau sampling to study a simple polymer model||Edwin Flikkema||The Ising magnet: a simple model for phase transitions||Edwin Flikkema||Bubble raft model of mechanical stress in granular crystalline materials||Rudi Winter||Dispersion and segregation of suspensions||Rudi Winter||Film deposition under the microscope||Rudi Winter||Impact resistance of non-Newtonian fluids||Rudi Winter||Magnetic confinement (not to be chosen by pairs)||Rudi Winter||Mud, glorious mud - sedimentation dynamics||Rudi Winter||Nanosphere lithography: patterns emerging by self-assembly||Rudi Winter||Phase transformations in alloys under heat treatment and deformation (not to be chosen by pairs)||Rudi Winter||Photoelasticity: visualising strain in polymer films||Rudi Winter||Quantitative imaging of polymer blend films||Rudi Winter||Analysis of three geomagnetic events in 2015 (not to be chosen by pairs)||Heather McCreadie||Determination of the Sq current system during 2009 (not to be chosen by pairs)||Heather McCreadie||Digital images of data||Heather McCreadie||Energy transfer during geomagnetic sudden commencement events||Heather McCreadie||Examination of the definition of geomagnetic quiet time||Heather McCreadie||Examination of the Dst Index.||Heather McCreadie||Investigation of the Ehrenfest paradox (not to be chosen by pairs)||Heather McCreadie||Mapping the Sq current system||Heather McCreadie||Nuances of magnetic variometers||Heather McCreadie||What's in a geomagnetic measurement?||Heather McCreadie||Why do we need all of the geomagnetic indices?||Heather McCreadie||Analysis of wobbling drop video data||Dave Langstaff||Design, construction and calibration of a low-cost spectrometer||Dave Langstaff||Detection and remediation of hot pixel events||Dave Langstaff||Determination of Ice volume by capacitance measurement||Dave Langstaff||Flue gas analysis probe||Dave Langstaff||Oscillating chemical reactions||Dave Langstaff||Sunspot tracking using ImageJ and Python||Dave Langstaff||Wearable accelerometer||Dave Langstaff||Chemistry of the Interstellar Medium||Maire Gorman||Could GeO exist in astrophysical settings?||Maire Gorman||Diatomic molecules in sunspots: MARVEL and DC analysis of BaO||Maire Gorman||Diatomic molecules in sunspots: Theoretical & computational calculation of spectra||Maire Gorman||Do exotic fluoride molecules exist in the Interstellar medium?||Maire Gorman||Molecular Spectroscopy of Brown Dwarfs||Maire Gorman||Quantum chemistry calculations for molecules of interest for laser cooling||Maire Gorman||Quantum Chemistry Calculations molecules of interest in sunspots||Maire Gorman|