Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Yearlong 6 120 (60) PROF S Lowry checkmark-circle


PH790 needs to cover a majority of learning outcomes in Stage 3 of the parent MPhys programme. The modules in the university abroad should normally cover similar topics at a similar level. Note that a one-to-one correspondence is not feasible and would negate the purpose of the Year Abroad, which is to provide the student with the experience of the educational system abroad. In addition, the student has the opportunity to study some modules which are not available at University of Kent.

With regards to topics, the academic liaison (typically DoUGS Physics) will check and approve the students choice of modules at the time they are at the university abroad.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Provided by department at the university abroad. Includes typical methods of lectures, homework, and laboratory work. Should be equivalent to 1200 total study hours at University of Kent.


This is not available as a wild module.

Method of assessment

The assessment of the Year Abroad module counts towards the progression of students on the MPhys Year Abroad programme. For this the assessment is Pass/Fail. The assessment of the Year Abroad module does not count towards the classification of students on the MPhys Year Abroad programme.
The assessment of the Year Abroad module is based on a portfolio of work which the student acquires during their Year Abroad. This includes their lecture notes, copies of assessments, lab reports and project work. This portfolio provides evidence of student educational attainment during the Year Abroad.
The student will also submit a written report of approximately 3,000 words on their educational experience. This will be considered by academic liaison (typically DoUGS Physics) and another academic (typically DoLT), and followed up by a discussion with the student.

Indicative reading

Provided by department at the university abroad.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

A. Knowledge and understanding of:

  • Physical laws and principles, and their application to diverse areas of physics
  • Aspects of theory and practice of phyics, physics with astrophysics, or astronomy, astrophysics and space science.

  • B. Intellectual skills:
  • An ability to identify relevant principles and laws, and to make approximations to obtain solutions
  • An ability to solve problems in physics using appropriate mathematical tools
  • An ability to execute and analyse critically the results of an experiment or investigation and draw valid conclusions
  • An ability to use mathematical techniques and analysis to model physical behaviour.
  • An ability to plan an experiment or investigation under supervision.

  • C. Subject-specific skills:
  • Competent use of appropriate C&IT packages/systems for the analysis and the retrieval of appropriate information
  • An ability to present and interpret information graphically
  • An ability to communicate scientific information
  • A familiarity with laboratory apparatus and techniques
  • The systematic and reliable recording of experimental data
  • An ability to make use of appropriate texts, research-based materials or other learning resources.

  • D. Transferable skills:
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Investigative skills
  • Communication skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Personal skills.


    1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
    2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
    3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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