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PH5024   Modern Topics in Condensed Matter Physics

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 11

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Available only to those in the final year of an MPhys or MSci programme

Planned timetable: 10.00 am Tue, Wed, Thu (TBC)

This module links with ongoing research in this area in the School, and includes the rich structural and electronic phases that can be stabilised at surfaces of materials and the physics of strongly correlated electron materials. It also covers some experimental techniques commonly used to characterise these, such as quantum oscillations, angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, and scanning tunnelling microscopy and spectroscopy. There is an emphasis on developing skills in critical reading of the scientific literature, presenting relevant works in class discussions, and performing computations. Tutorial sessions will be used to provide constructive feedback on problem sheets. Full-class discussions in a journal club style will aid in developing understanding of complex topics and critical reading of research papers.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass 4 modules from {PH3061, PH3062, PH4039, PH4044} and ( pass 1 module from {PH3081, PH3082} or pass 2 modules from {MT2506, MT2507} ) and pass 1 module from {PH4037, PH4041} and pass 1 module from {PH3080, PH3082}

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 hours of lectures (x 7 weeks), 1-hour tutorials (x 4 weeks), 3-hour presentations (x 2 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 31

Guided independent study hours: 119

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 70%
Coursework: 30%

Re-assessment: No Re-assessment available - assignment based


Module teaching staff: Prof P King, Prof P Wahl, Dr C Hooley, Dr B Braunecker

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.