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Theoretical Physics Moderatorship 2018-19

Senior Sophister Year (Mathematics Modules)

Note: Although the list of modules has been updated recently, the regulations that appear below refer to the academic year 2017/18. These regulations will slightly change because of the Trinity Education Project and their updated version will be posted in mid August.

Michaelmas term

Hilary term

Year long modules

MA4492 Project [10 credits] Lecturer: Prof. Paschalis Karageorgis

Students take a total of 60 ECTS credits which must include a compulsory 10-credit project in either Mathematics or Physics, 20 credits of compulsory modules in Physics and at least 20 credits of modules in Mathematics (which must include 5 credits in either quantum field theory or general relativity). A single cross-faculty Broad Curriculum module may also be taken. Unless indicated otherwise, each Mathematics module is worth 5 credits.

All module choices are subject to them being possible within the timetable.

Michaelmas or Hilary term

BC Broad Curriculum modules

Senior Sophister Year (Physics Modules)

Michaelmas term

  • PY4T01 Condensed Matter Theory
  • PY4TP5 Problem-Solving in Theoretical Physics

Hilary term

  • PY4A05 Cosmology
  • PY4C01 Computer Simulation III
  • PY4P02 High Energy Physics
  • PY4P04 Nanoscience
  • PY4P07 Advanced Topics
  • PY4T02 Electron & Photon Physics

Year long Physics modules

PY4TP2 Research project [10 credits]

Unless indicated otherwise, each module is worth 5 credits. Students take PY4P02, PY4T01, PY4T02, PY4TP5 (20 credits compulsory) and up to 10 credits from the optional Physics modules.

For the details of Physics modules see here.

Theoretical Physics Examination Requirements (Senior Sophister year)

The regulations that apply to the Moderatorship Course in Theoretical Physics are set out in the The University of Dublin Calendar (School of Mathematics).

  • Students take modules to the value of 60 credits (30 in each term).
  • Students must register for modules to the value of exactly 60 credits (with the Administrative offices of the Schools of Mathematics and Physics) and check that their modules are correctly recorded at the student portal by the deadline (date to be advised but likely to be in January).
  • Students will be assessed on their registered modules (only) according to the rules below.
  • In order to pass an individual module, students must attain a mark of at least 40%.
  • Results for examinations are published according to the following grades: I = 70 to 100, II.1 = 60 to 69, II.2 = 50 to 59, III = 40 to 49, F.1 = 30 to 39, F.2 = 0 to 29.
  • Students are assessed on their work both through continuous assessment and also by their performance at the annual examination held at the end of the year.
  • >In order to pass the annual examinations students must either
    • pass in each module,
      OR
    • pass by compensation, which means to obtain a credit weighted average of at least 40% AND pass modules totalling at least 40 credits AND have at least 30% in the remaining module(s),
      OR
    • pass by aggregation, which means to obtain a credit weighted average of at least 40% AND pass modules totalling at least 40 credits AND have at least 30% in modules totalling at least 50 credits.
  • Students who do not attend regularly, who are absent from tests and examinations without good cause may be returned to the Senior Lecturer's office as non-satisfactory for the relevant term. Non-satisfactory students may be refused permission to take their annual examination and may be required to repeat their year by the Senior Lecturer.
  • There are no supplemental examinations in the Sophister years.
  • Students who fail to pass the annual examination in their Senior Sophister year will be awarded an ordinary B.A. degree (provided that they have spent at least three yeas in the University).
  • For students who pass the annual examination in their Senior Sophister year, the mark for moderatorship is based on the results of both Sophister years, weighted with 35 per cent allocated to the Junior Sophister modules and 65 per cent for the Senior Sophister modules.

(These regulations apply from the academic year 2013-14.)

Sources of Information

The University of Dublin Calendar

All courses within Trinity College are administered in accordance with the regulations set out in the The University of Dublin Calendar which is published annually. The section of the Calendar setting out the general regulations of the College is published separately in the booklet General Regulations and Information and Board Statement on Safety which is distributed to all students on admission to College.

In particular, the following information can be found in the online version of the University Calendar:

Important information.


Please note that The University of Dublin Calendar should be consulted for definitive information about the rules, regulations, and activities of the University.

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