Symmetry in Particle Physics (878F3)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

The module provides an introduction into group theory and aspects of symmetry in particle physics, covering:

  • Groups and representations
  • Lie groups and Lie algebras
  • Space-time symmetries and Poincare group
  • Symmetry and conservation laws
  • Global, local, and discrete symmetry
  • Symmetry breaking and the origin of mass
  • Symmetry of the standard model, CKM matrix, neutrino masses, tree-level interactions.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 55 hours of contact time and about 95 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: