Physics and astronomy

Advanced Particle Physics

Module code: 894F3
Level 7 (Masters)
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Workshop
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

You will acquire an overview of the current status of modern particle physics and current experimental techniques used in an attempt to answer today's fundamental questions in this field. 

The topics discussed will be: 

  • Essential skills for the experimental particle physicist
  • Neutrino physics: Neutrino oscillations and reactor neutrinos
  • Neutrino physics: SuperNova, geo- and solar- neutrinos and direct neutrino mass measurements
  • Cosmic ray physics
  • Dark matter
  • Introduction to QCD (jets, particles distribution functions, etc)
  • Higgs physics
  • BSM (including supersymmetry)
  • Flavour physics & CP violation
  • Electric dipole measurements
  • Future particle physics experiments.


Level 6: (F3214) Particle Physics [T2]
Level 7: (890F3) Data Analysis Techniques [T1]

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate critical awareness of the current key questions that particle physics tries to answer.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of experimental techniques used in experimental particle physics.
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate the methodologies in particle physics and develop critiques of them.