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PH4044   Advanced Condensed Matter Physics

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Available only to students on a programme in the School of Physics & Astronomy.

Planned timetable: Odd Mondays 11, Wed 10, Wed 11, Fri 11, even Fri at 4 (TBC)

This module builds on concepts taught in Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics (PH4039) to introduce more advanced theoretical concepts and lay the foundations required to understand the challenges in current research in condensed matter physics. Topics covered in this module include advanced techniques for band-structure determination, superconductivity and magnetism as well as the physics of semiconductor electronics. The module will further prepare students for more independent learning. The module will be 100% continuously assessed, including a journal club presentation, problem sheets and computational problems to serve as an introduction to advanced modelling and data analysis in condensed matter physics.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must take PH3061 and ( take PH3080 or take PH3082 ) and take PH4039

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 lectures or tutorials (x 11 weeks), 1 computing hour

Scheduled learning hours: 41

Guided independent study hours: 109

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Oral Examination = 30%, Coursework (computing project - 40%, Journal Club presentation 30%) = 70%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 60%
Coursework: 40%

Re-assessment: Oral Examination = 100% -Re-Aassessment grade capped at 7

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.


Module coordinator: Prof G P Wahl
Module teaching staff: Prof P Wahl, Dr A Di Falco, Cr B Braunecker, Prof P King