Particle Physics Detector Technology (880F3)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

The module explores the technical manner in which some of the scientific questions in the fields of experimental particle physics – including high energy physics and neutrino physics – are being addressed.

You are introduced to many of the experimental techniques that are used to study the particle phenomena. The focus is on the demands those scientific requirements place on the detector technology and current state-of-the-art technologies.


69%: Lecture
31%: Practical (Workshop)


40%: Coursework (Problem set)
60%: Examination (Open examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 32 hours of contact time and about 118 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.