Degree projects at theoretical physics (FYTK02, FYTM03-04)

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The following web-page contains generic information regarding the degree project courses FYTK02 and FYTM03-04 at the Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics, Lund University.

Course codes:
FYTK02 (15 hp, bachelor, half speed)
FYTM03 (30 hp, masters)
FYTM04 (60 hp, masters)

Some practical information:

You must attend the COMPULSORY introduction meeting (Monday, 3 September at 13.15, 2018, HUB) and the subsequent physics introduction meeting. During these meetings you will be informed about further compulsory modules

which, besides your thesis work, must be completed during the degree project, see further information here. However, please note the following specific rules for Master Students who have done their bachelor project at the Department of Theoretical Physics and Astronomy in Lund or at the Department of Physics in Lund.

You must sign a registration form with your supervisor (and reviewer) during the first week and provide a one-page project plan for your project. These are to be sent to the appropriate topic responsible person (see Contact) at latest one week after the introductory meeting. Use the Astronomy and Theoretical Physics registration form and not the Physics Department form.

During the first week you will be given a desk. Further information will be given during the introductory meeting.

We will have a mid term meeting (you, topic responsible person and your supervisor) half-way through your thesis work to assess your progress. At this meeting we will discuss your progress and try to assess if you can complete the thesis on time. For master projects there will also be a compulsory half-time presentation in connection with the half-time meeting.

The thesis must be submitted before deadline (approximately two weeks before the oral presentation) to the examiner and the thesis reviewer. For projects ending during the autumn semester 2018 the deadline for handing in your thesis is 3 January 2019 at 17.00. For projects ending during the spring semester 2019 the deadline for thesis hand-in is 22 May 2019 at 17.00. The report should be sent electronically to the reviewer and examiner(s) as well as a in the form of a hard-copy (print double sided, 1 page per side) in the mailbox (or in person). Before handing in the thesis you must have iterated the text with your supervisor a few times. Your supervisor must approve of the thesis before sending it to the reviewer/examiner. You get a LU-TP number (to be added to the front page of your thesis) by inserting your abstract into the binder "LU-TP 2010-" and then adding 1 to the previous LU-TP number. The binder is found in the bookshelf just outside the HUB lecture room. Your thesis must not significantly exceed 25 pages (bachelor), 40 pages (30 hp master), 50 pages (60 hp master). Note that a well-written, concise thesis is valued higher than a lengthy, unpolished thesis.

Oral presentations are scheduled for 16-17 January 2019 (in Andromeda) and 5-7 June 2019 (in HUB). You should have discussed and practiced your oral presentation with your supervisor in good time before the presentation. The length of the thesis presentation should be: B.Sc.: 20 minutes presentation + 10 minutes questions. M.Sc., 30 hp (FYTM03): 30 minutes presentation + 15 minutes questions. M.Sc., 60 hp (FYTM04): 40 minutes presentation + 15 minutes questions.

Complementary information (thesis templates, examples of previous thesis, etc) is found at the web-page of Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics: degree projects, bachelor project and masters project.

What happens after the oral presentation? The reviewer, examiner and the supervisor will then meet (typically the same day as the presentation) and decide on a grade (based on the criteria as listed on the registration form). You will also get feedback on your report by the reviewer. Based on this feedback you will need to rewrite your thesis, which will then need to be approved by the reviewer. Once your thesis is approved you upload it to LUP (Lund University Publications Student Papers) along with your abstract and popular science description. Once the thesis is uploaded, the final approval is made by the topic responsible person, who at this stage also takes care that your grade is registered in LADOK and that your thesis is made public in LUP.