Condensed State Physics (F3230)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

On this module, the microscopic structure of crystalline solids will be related to the observable material properties such as:

  • thermal expansion
  • heat capacity
  • electrical conductivity.

You’ll cover insulators, semiconductors and metals, describing the differences in electronic and vibrational contributions in each.


61%: Lecture
39%: Seminar (Class, Seminar)


30%: Coursework (Group submission (written), Portfolio)
70%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 32 hours of contact time and about 118 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.