Symmetry in Particle Physics (878F3)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This module will introduce you to Lie groups and Lie algebras, and their applications to particle physics.

The module is divided in two parts. The first part provides you with the basics of group theory, including the classification of compact Lie algebras and the Lorentz and Poincaré groups.

In the second part, you’ll apply this knowledge to the construction of theories of elementary particles that are invariant under special relativity. You will focus on the Standard Model, the current theory of elementary particles and their interactions.


100%: Lecture


30%: Coursework (Problem set)
70%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

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.

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 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.