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PH4040   Nuclear and Particle Physics with Advanced Skills

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Available only to students on the Physics and Philosophy, and Physics and Computer Science, Physics and Mathematics, Theoretical Physics and Mathematics programmes.

Planned timetable: 09.00 Mon, Wed and Fri (all from week 4), 10.00 Wed, occasional 10.00 Fri (TBC)

The first aim of this module is to describe in terms of appropriate models, the structure and properties of the atomic nucleus, the classification of fundamental particles and the means by which they interact. The syllabus includes: nuclear sizes, binding energy, spin dependence of the strong nuclear force; radioactivity, the semi-empirical mass formula; nuclear stability, the shell model, magic numbers; spin-orbit coupling; energetics of betadecay, alpha-decay and spontaneous fission; nuclear reactions, resonances; fission; electroweak and colour interactions, classification of particles as intermediate bosons, leptons or hadrons. Standard model of leptons and quarks, and ideas that go beyond the standard model. The second aim of this module is to develop research skills, and oral and written communication skills in science. Participants will be given training in the use of bibliographic databases, use of the scientific literature, oral and written communication skills, and will develop these skills through structured assignments.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass PH3061 and pass PH3062. In taking this module you must have gained entry to bsc honours in, philosophy and physics or computer science and physics or mathematics and physics or theoretical physics and mathematics

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take PH4022 or take PH3014 or take PH4041

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 x lectures (x 7 weeks) plus 6 further lectures, 4 tutorials, 1 workshop and 2 hours of giving and evaluating tasks.

Scheduled learning hours: 34

Guided independent study hours: 116

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 7%
Coursework: 33%

Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment, capped at grade 7


Module teaching staff: Dr A Kohnle, Dr B Sinclair

Additional information from school

Please see also the information in the School¿s Handbook for Honours modules available via This link also gives access to timetables for the modules.