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Frontiers of Fusion Workshop - PHY00003M

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  • Department: Physics
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Bruce Lipschultz
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Term 2020-21

Module aims

The Frontiers of Fusion workshop aims to give students exposure to front-line physics research and technology in fusion and to improve their communication skills by attendance at an intensive week-long workshop. Students attend plenary lectures by UK and overseas experts working in the fusion area. After the workshop, the students prepare a short oral presentation on the content and background of one of the plenary talks. A comprehensive essay on another of the plenary talks and a short article suitable for publication in a newspaper on one of the presentations are assessed.

Module learning outcomes

Academic and graduate skills

  • To enable students to develop a range of skills related to the retrieval and critical evaluation of relevant information, and
  • To provide students with a supportive environment in which they may develop the necessary presentational skills to relay information to others.

Other learning outcomes (if applicable)

To provide students with an appreciation of both magnetically confined and inertially confined fusion and an understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of research into fusion.


Task Length % of module mark
Frontiers of Fusion Workshop - Article
N/A 20
Frontiers of Fusion Workshop - Essay
N/A 70
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Frontiers of Fusion Workshop - Oral
N/A 10

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Open Examination (1 day)
Frontiers of Fusion Workshop - Open book Re-assessment
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback is given on the oral presentations.

Indicative reading

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