Philip Best



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Astrophysics Courses
The Institute for Astronomy offers a variety of Astrophysics courses for University of Edinburgh undergraduates. Full details of these courses, and how to apply to study Astrophysics in Edinburgh, can be found here

Discovering Astronomy
I am the Course Organiser, and one of the lecturers, of the Discovering Astronomy lecture course (the DRPS course entry can be found here). This is a pre-honours course providing a broad introduction to Astronomy for students of any background. The course runs in Semester 1, and there are three lectures per week, on Monday and Friday afternoons, in the central area. In addition there is one tutorial or practical workshop each week, either Monday or Friday.
The materials associated with the course are available through the University's LEARN environment.

High Energy Astrophysics
I run the Masters-level High Energy Astrophysics course, (the DRPS course entry can be found here). This course covers high-energy radiation processes and their applications in astrophysics. Lectures are held in the ROE Lecture Theatre at the Royal Observatory, at 14.00 on Tuesdays and Fridays, in Semester 2. Problem solving classes are intermingled with these. There are separate tutorials on Mondays of weeks 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11, from 15.00 to 17.00, also in the ROE Lecture Theatre. There will also be a revision class closer to the exams.
The materials associated with the course are available through the University's LEARN environment.

Undergraduate Research Projects
I also offer research projects to 4th and 5th year undergraduate students. More information about these can be found on the School of Physics undergraduate pages here.
Here's a LaTeX template for a lab report.

Other tasks
I am the Undergraduate Admissions Officer for the School of Physics and Astronomy, and I Chair the School Board of Studies.