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Physics Postgraduate Research Student Handbook

This document describes the structure of the MSc and PhD degree programmes in the School of Physics. It also covers the regulations that apply to all postgraduate research students registered in the School of Physics (including those who carry out their research in other institutes, such as CRANN, DIAS or the Armagh Observatory).

Postgraduate Modules

A 5 ECTS postgraduate lecture module consists of approximately 18 hours of teaching (including tutorials and eventually laboratories) and a formal examination.

In addition, postgraduate students can take selected undergraduate modules (on condition they have not taken these modules as undergraduates).

Students should contact Helen O'Halloran (HOHLLORN at to register their intention to take a module.

All registered postgraduate students are required to complete a Progress Report at the end of each academic year i.e. the end of September for students who registered in September and the end of March for those who registered in March.  Please follow the link below and down load the template.

Progress Report Form

Please send the completed report to Helen O'Halloran (HOHLLORN at

Courses for Postgraduate Students provided by School of Physics, Trinity College Dublin

Module Timings

Module Classes Weighting 2015/16 2015/16 2016/17
Number Name Hours ECTS Credits Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 1
PY5001 Electronic Structure (SS) 24 lect 5 Yes Yes
PY5003 Surface Science (CMcG) 18 lect 5 Yes Yes
PY5005 Bio-physics (MH) 18 lect 5 Yes
PY5006 Magnetism (JMDC) 18 lect 5   Yes  
PY5009 Density Functional Theory (TCD/QUB) - TBC 18 lect 5   Yes  
PY5011 Many Body Theory (CP) 18 lect 5   Yes  
PY5012 Plasma Physics (PG) 18 lect 5 Yes
PY5015 Soft Matter (MM) 9 lect 2.5 Yes
PY5016 Complex Systems (SH) 9 lect 2.5 Yes
PY5017 Nanophotonics I (JD/PE) 18 lect 5 Yes
PY5027 Nanophotonics II (LB) 9 lect 2.5 Yes
PY5028 Nanoscale Analysis (HZZ) 18 lect 5 Yes
PY5020 Nanoscience (GC) 9 lect 2.5 Yes
PY5021 Magnetic Sensors (JMDC) 9 lect 5
PY5026 Introduction to Transmission Electron Microscopy (VN) 8 lect + Lab 5 Yes
PY5025 Teaching for Physics Postgraduate Teaching Assistants (LB)
* Compulsory for all incoming postgraduates.
15 lect 5 Yes   Yes
PY5024 Practical Astrophysical Spectroscopy (BE) 9 lect 2.5 Yes    
PY4P04 Nanoscience (JNC) 20 lect 5 Yes
PY4P07 Advanced Topics: Polymers (JNC) 12 lect 2.5 Yes
PY4C01-1 High Performance Computing (GW) 9 lect 2.5 Yes
PY4C01-2 Numerical Methods (MM) 14 lect 2.5 Yes
PY4A03 Planetary & Space Science (PG) 20 lect 5 Yes
PY4A05 Cosmology (BE) 20 lect 5 Yes

Information on modules available from other sources can be found in the postgraduate research student handbook.

Last updated 4 September 2015 (Email).