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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 2013/14 2013/14 2014/15
Number Name Hours ECTS Credits Sem 1 Sem 2 Sem 1
PY5001 Electronic Structure (MF/SS) 20 lect 5   Yes
PY5003 Surface Science (CMcG) 18 lect 5 Yes  
PY5005 Bio-physics (MH) 18 lect 5   Yes
PY5006 Magnetism (JMDC) 18 lect 5   Yes  
PY5009 Density Functional Theory (QUB) 18 lect 5 Yes  
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      
PY5022 Introduction to Transmission Electron Microscopy 8 lect 2.5 Yes Yes
PY5023 Teaching for Physics Postgraduate Teaching Assistants (GH)
* 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
PY4A04-1 Interstellar Medium (GH) 12 lect 2.5 Yes
PY4A04-2 Cosmology (BE) 12 lect 2.5 Yes

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

Last updated 10 June 2014 (Email).