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 129 projects available with the chosen characteristics.
Click the title of a project to view a full project description.
|working title||supervisor||Dispersion and segregation of suspensions||Rudi Winter||Film deposition under the microscope||Rudi Winter||From face coverings to control rods - modelling criticality||Rudi Winter||Gerbils, batteries and infection clusters - modelling percolation||Rudi Winter||Mud, glorious mud - sedimentation dynamics||Rudi Winter||Rainbows and glories - atmospheric scattering processes||Rudi Winter||Two-dimensional flow in granular media||Rudi Winter||Wakeing up to wind power||Rudi Winter||Contact angle image analysis for the determination of surface free energy||John Tomes||Contact angle instrumentation and the measurement of surface free energy||John Tomes||Oil detection for environmental protection||John Tomes||Graphene-based Antenna Design for Smart Wearables||Syeda Fizzah Jilani||Terahertz Antenna Design for Biomedical Applications||Syeda Fizzah Jilani||Amplification or attenuation?||Youra Taroyan||Astrophysical jets||Youra Taroyan||Convection in stars||Youra Taroyan||Diffusion of Alfven waves||Youra Taroyan||Shock waves||Youra Taroyan||Theory of magnetic reconnection||Youra Taroyan||Tsunamis||Youra Taroyan||Wave detection in the solar atmosphere with Hinode/EIS||Youra Taroyan||Non-linear Alfven waves||Xing Li||Einstein ring -- gravitational lensing||Xing Li||Motion of stars near a supermassive black hole (Sagittarius A*)||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||Twisting a magnetic tube: filament eruption and coronal mass ejections||Xing Li||Wind from the Sun or other stars||Xing Li||Analysis of geomagnetic storm events||Heather McCreadie||Determination of the Sq current system||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||Mapping the Sq current system||Heather McCreadie||Statistical analysis of yearly variation in the equatorial electrojet||Heather McCreadie||The geomagnetic field of an equatorial station||Heather McCreadie||The nuances of each Geomagnetic Index||Heather McCreadie||Weathering of a substorm||Heather McCreadie||What's in a geomagnetic measurement?||Heather McCreadie||Calibration of imaging detectors||Matt Gunn||Optical Testing||Matt Gunn||Radiation dose dependent Infrared Photoluminescence of Feldspar||Matt Gunn||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 ionospheric radio-wave propagation||Eleri Pryse||Solar wind conditions driving geomagnetic activity||Eleri Pryse||Tomography - a theoretical study||Eleri Pryse||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||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||Generation of molecular line lists for BeCl, MgCl and CaCl||Maire Gorman||Diagnostics of quiet Sun magnetic fields||David Kuridze||Mapping the solar temperature minimum region||David Kuridze||Mapping the velocity of flare coronal loops||David Kuridze||Measuring magnetic fields in sunspots||David Kuridze||Computational Simulation of C60 and Fullerene derivatives||Chris Finlayson||Computational Simulation of Chiral Molecules||Chris Finlayson||Computational Simulations of Organic Semiconductors||Chris Finlayson||Ellipsometry of Polymer Opal thin films||Chris Finlayson||Optical Properties of Polymer Opal Thin-films||Chris Finlayson||Rheological Study of Soft Photonics Materials||Chris Finlayson||Simulating particle packing and ordering effects in Photonic Crystals||Chris Finlayson||Simulating periodicity in Photonic Crystals||Chris Finlayson||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||On the Habitability of Bodies within the Solar System (not to be chosen by pairs)||Tom Knight||Parametrising Transient Phenomena From Image Sequences||Tom Knight||Parametrising Transient Sunspot Properties||Tom Knight||Smoothed Particle Heat Equation||Tom Knight||Visualisation of Physical and Mathematical Concepts for Education and Outreach||Tom Knight||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 Computation and Cryptography||John Gough||Quantum Fisher Information: Energy-Time Uncertainty Relations||John Gough||Quantum Fisher Information: Natural Quantum Gradient||John Gough||A Reflective Pin Hole Telescope||Tony Cook||Cardigan Bay Wave Height Measurements Using a Telescope||Tony Cook||Detection of Optical Pulsar Flashes and other Short Period Signals from the Sky||Tony Cook||Detection of Very Faint Comets or Asteroids in Time Sequence Astrophotography||Tony Cook||Feasibility of Cymatics to Sort Spacecraft Soil Samples||Tony Cook||Lunar Impact Flash Observations||Tony Cook||Lunar Occultations of Binary Stars||Tony Cook||Lunar Polarimetry||Tony Cook||NASA LROC Imagery - Change Detection on the Lunar Surface||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||Statistical analysis of Transient Lunar Phenomena Observations||Tony Cook||Transient Lunar Phenomenon Detection Techniques||Tony Cook||Reading information from a noisy quantum bit||Jukka Kiukas||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||Analysis of minerals and pigments for heritage science||Rachel Cross||Measuring strain and colour in diamonds||Rachel Cross||Nanodiamond 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||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||Stereo Observation of Fast-Moving Objects||Balázs Pintér||The Lock and Key Paradox of Special Relativity||Balázs Pintér||Tracking a Sunspot||Balázs Pintér||Train through a Tunnel in Special Relativity||Balázs Pintér||Visual Appearance of Fast-Moving Objects||Balázs Pintér||Wave Propagation in Inhomogeneous Media||Balázs Pintér|