Physics Skills and Professional Development 2

Module code: PA2000
Module co-ordinator: Dr Mervyn Roy

In this module you will further develop skills that are essential in the study of physics alongside transferrable skills that you will need later on the course which will benefit your future career.

Working in a small tutorial group overseen by a member of academic staff, you will cover problem solving and written and oral communication skills. These will relate to both core physics and maths topics and the research work in the department. We will also cover study skills, and revision and exam technique, and you will have the opportunity to give feedback on the course

During integrated career development sessions you will take part in activities designed to improve your employability, including a CV writing workshop, and a mock assessment centre. You will have the opportunity to attend the Festival of Careers and take part in the Physics at Work careers day, giving you the opportunity to meet and network with recent graduates. By reflecting upon your personal and professional development and planning toward your future career you will devise strategies to maximise your physics and transferrable skills expertise in appropriate areas.

Topics covered

  • Problem solving in physics and maths
  • Communication skills
  • Study skills
  • Career development and planning
  • CV writing and mock assessment centre


  • 4 hours of lectures
  • 19 hours of practicals/workshops
  • 8 hours of tutorials
  • 7 hours of guided independent study


There is no formal assessment of this module but you will be expected to attend all the sessions.