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Physics with Professional Experience

University of Exeter
4 years
Master's degree
On campus
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Program description

The MPhys Physics with Professional Experience degree programme allows you to spend your third year in a research environment in a professional laboratory away from the department. We help you through the process of applying for placements, and you will be paid a salary for this year, but you will remain registered as an undergraduate student at Exeter. The research project you undertake will be assessed by your local supervisor along with academics from Exeter. You will return to Exeter to present your findings, and also to take examinations in the two modules you will study via distance learning. Companies that have recently participated in this programme include Renishaw, the Home Office and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories. Your final year will be back in Exeter, and will include further modules and a research project in one of our research groups.

Key information about your Professional Experience year
•The placement year requires you to balance workplace demands with the need to learn, through independent study, the core physics that is a pre-requisite for year 4 of the programme
•Your Professional Experience year counts towards your final degree mark, with the same weighting as other MPhys programmes
•You will undertake a research project, which contributes 75% of the credits for your third year. It is assessed by dissertation, viva and presentations in a similar manner to Exeter-run research projects. You will be required to return to Exeter for some assessments
•There are two independent study modules: PHY3054 Electromagnetism II (Semester 1) and PHYM011 Statistical Physics (Semester 2) that together count 25% towards your third year marks

o You will receive support and feedback from the module leaders in the form of problem sheets, lecture notes and online videos of the lectures

o You will return to Exeter to take the exams

•You are allocated an academic tutor whose responsibilities include visiting you and providing pastoral guidance by keeping in regular communication by phone/email.
•It is your responsibility to find a placement, but the Professional Experience Coordinator provides advice and guidance
•You should aim to start work on 1 August and work 35-37 hours per week for the employer, take normal public and bank holidays plus 4-5 weeks of holidays. Exam and revision time has to come out of these holidays
•During the year you will have to write the background report for the final year MPhys project
•The fees for the third year are charged at 20% of the full fee, i.e. £1800 in 2016 (£9000 normally)
•Typically salary paid by the employer is ~ £17,000

About this institute

University of Exeter

The University of Exeter combines world class research with excellent student satisfaction at its campuses in Exeter and Cornwall. It is a member of the Russell Group of leading research-intensive universities. Formed in 1955, the University has 22,085 students from more...

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