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Final Year Project

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The Final Year Project (FYP) is a two-semester research project for final-year undergraduates, supervised by a faculty member. At the end of the project, the student is required to produce a thesis report, give a seminar-style presentation, and undergo an in-person oral examination (viva).

Only students who complete the FYP with an A- grade or above are eligible for graduation with Honours (Highest Distinction).

Starting the Final Year Project

To start your FYP, you must have first completed 12 AU of PH3XXX courses. Before each semester commences, an email reminder will be sent out to eligible students who have fulfilled the pre-requisites. Please reply promptly to the email to indicate your interest.

After you have responded to the email, you will be given access to the Final Year Project System (via Studentlink → Academic Matters → Survey/Subject Option/FYP → Final Year Project Selection). Here, you can find a list of faculty members with available FYPs.

You must now find a faculty member willing to act as your research supervisor. If the main supervisor is not a faculty member in the Division of Physics and Applied Physics, you must find a faculty member from the division to act as co-supervisor. You are not restricted to faculty members who have posted projects on the Final Year Project System; you may take the initiative to approach any faculty member about being your research supervisor. The research topic will be jointly determined between you and your supervisor.

Your research supervisor must now register you as an FYP student. Please use the Final Year Project System to double-check that you have been registered. This needs to be done before the end of the Add/Drop period.

You must also enroll in the relevant FYP course (PH4415 for students admitted in AY16/17 and later, PH4405 for those admitted in previous years) for two consecutive semesters (Sem1-to-Sem2 or Sem2-to-Sem1). FYP students are not eligible for the twenty-two week internship module (PH4407/PH4413/PH4417).

If you have not completed the pre-requisites for the FYP, you may submit a Waiver of Pre-requisites request via the NTU Online Course Registration process, during the waiver application period. Such requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. If you have gone on an exchange programme but have not completed the credit transfer process, please contact SPMS Undergraduate Office (SPMSUndgrad@ntu.edu.sg) as soon as possible, and send the following items: (i) the Course Matching Approval document, and (ii) the full official transcript provided by the host university, OR the list of courses registered during exchange; both documents should include your full name. In the event that you subsequently find that you did not pass the courses read during the exchange programme, you must inform the School immediately.

During the Final Year Project

The FYP course will be listed on your degree audit as 10 AU (for PH4405) or 11 AU (for PH4415). However, it counts as 5 AU per semester. Please plan your timetable carefully, and ensure you will not be overloaded.

Before commencing work, all FYP students are required to attend a safety briefing conducted by the SPMS Safety Manager, and a FYP course briefing conducted by the division's FYP coordinator. These briefings are given at the start of each semester.

Assessment

By the end of the second and final semester of your FYP, you must write a research thesis. Please consult with your research supervisor well in advance regarding the writing of the thesis; you should allocate at least several weeks for this!

Oral presentation: at the end of the final semester, you must give a presentation (approximately 30 minutes) about your research and its outcomes. This presentation will be attended and graded by two faculty examiners. You will be informed of the venue and date for the presentation via email.

Viva examination: shortly before or after your oral presentation, you must schedule and complete in-person (viva) examinations with two faculty examiners. Each viva will last approximately 10-40 minutes, and you may be asked about anything regarding the research project. You will be informed of the assigned viva examiners via email; please schedule your vivas with them in advance, and give them a copy of your thesis as soon as possible. Please ask each examiner whether they want a hardcopy or softcopy of your thesis.

Thesis submission: you must upload the final version of your thesis via the Turnitin plagiarism checker on iNTULearn. Submit a hardcopy of the thesis, along with a print-out of the Turnitin report, to your research supervisor.

Finally, you must upload a softcopy of the final version of your thesis to the NTU Digital Repository for archiving:

  1. Go to the NTU Digital Repository site.
  2. Click on Login, and log in using your student network account (note: do not use your full email address, i.e., omit the @ntu.edu.sg part, and do not specify an NT domain name, i.e., omit the STUDENT\).
  3. Click on "Start a New Submission".
  4. Select SPMS, and follow the on-screen instructions to upload the thesis.
  5. In case of problems, please send an email to ltd@ntu.edu.sg.

The grading for the FYP course is as follows:

Component
Percentage
Supervisor Report
Prepared by FYP supervisor and/or co-supervisor
20%
Thesis
Averaged scores from two faculty examiners
30%
Oral Presentation
Averaged scores from two faculty examiners
20%
Viva Examination
Averaged scores from two faculty examiners
30%

Contact

If you need help with any FYP-related matter, please contact the division's FYP coordinator, Professor Yu Ting (yuting@ntu.edu.sg).