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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 Jeanette Cummins (cumminsj 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 Jeanette Cummins (cumminsj at

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

Module Timings

Module Classes Weighting 2014/15 2014/15 2015/16
Number Name Hours ECTS Credits Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 1
PY5001 Electronic Structure (MF/SS) 20 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 (QUB) 18 lect 5  
PY5011 Many Body Theory (CP) 18 lect 5   Yes  
PY5012 Plasma Physics (PG) 18 lect 5   Yes
PY5013 Radiative Transfer & Quantitative Spectroscopy (GH) 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
PY5018 Nanophotonics II (LB/EMcC) 18 lect 5   Yes
PY5019 Ultramicroscopy (HZZ) 9 lect 2.5   Yes  
PY5020 Nanoscience (GC) 9 lect 2.5   Yes
PY5021 Magnetic Sensors (JMDC) 9 lect 5      
PY5026 Introduction to Transmission Electron Microscopy 8 lect 5   Yes
PY5025 Teaching for Physics Postgraduate Teaching Assistants (GH)
* Compulsory for all incoming postgraduates.
15 lect 5 Yes    
PY5024 Practical Astrophysical Spectroscopy (BE) 9 lect 2.5 Yes    
PY4P04 Nanoscience (JNC) 20 lect 5 Yes 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 25 June 2015 (Email).