Quantum Field Theory (877F3)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

In this module, you will learn how to describe the quantum behaviour of relativistic fields and particles using Quantum Field Theory (QTF). You will learn how to:

  • quantise scalar, vector and fermion fields
  • calculate correlation functions and scattering processes
  • use symmetry principles to constrain the dynamics of the quantum fields
  • how symmetry can be broken spontaneously.

You will study perturbation theory and Feynman diagrams, and how to apply them to the computation of cross sections for scattering processes. This module will give you a thorough foundation for further studies in QFT and its applications to particle physics.


100%: Lecture


60%: Coursework (Problem set)
40%: Examination (Unseen 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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.