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Theoretical Physics Moderatorship 2012-13

Senior Sophister Year (Mathematics Modules)

Note that these details are as at the end of the academic year 2011-12.

Michaelmas term

Hilary term

Year long modules

Students must take a total of 60 ECTS only (Mathematics and Physics combined). ECTS may be split 30:30, 35:25 or 25:35 between Mathematics and Physics modules. A cross-faculty broad curriculum module may be substituted for a 5 ECTS option module in either Mathematics or Physics (but not both). Students may choose to do a project in Mathematics (which counts 10 credits). Unless indicated Mathematics modules are 5 ECTS units.

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

  • PY4P02 High Energy Physics
  • PY4T01 Condensed Matter Theory
  • PY4TP1 TP Practical [10 credits]

Hilary term

  • PY4T02 Electron & Photon Physics
  • PY4P04 Nanoscience
  • PY4A04 Interstellar Medium & Cosmology
  • PY4C01 Computer Simulation III

Year long Physics modules

PY4P07 Advanced Topics

Modules are 5 credits except where indicated. Students take PY4P02, PY4T01, PY4TP1 and PY4T02 (25 credits compulsory) while the other Physics modules are optional.

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.
  • 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.
  • The mark for the moderatorship is divided equally between mathematics and physics. The mathematics examinations of the two Sophister years count equally towards the overall mark for moderatorship. The Junior Sophister physics examination counts for 10 per cent of the overall mark for moderatorship. Students who fail to reach moderatorship standard in their Senior Sophister year will be awarded an ordinary B.A. degree in theoretical physics.
  • 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 reach moderatorship standard (i.e. 40% on aggregation of Junior and Senior Sophister results) in their Senior Sophister year will be awarded an ordinary B.A. degree.

(These regulations apply for the academic year 2012-13, but will be different from 2013-14. Thereafter regulations similar to the Junior Sophister regulations will be applied to the module results for the Senior Sophister year, prior to aggregation with the Junior Sophister result. Also the weighting between the two years will change from 2013-14 with the Junior Sophister year accounting for 35% of the moderatorship mark, and the remaining 65% weight for the modules taken in the Senior Sophister year.)

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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