Frontiers in Particle Physics (894F3)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

Students will build on their pre-knowledge of particle physics to get an in-depth overview of fundamental concepts in modern particle physics, including through critical examination of key experimental results and their relation to theoretical expectations. Covered topics will include:

  • Relativistic Kinematics
  • Particle Acceleration and Radiation Detection Techniques
  • Physics at e+e- Colliders * Electron-proton Scattering, Deep-Inelastic Scattering and the Structure of the Proton
  • Elements of QCD and Jet Physics
  • Top Physics * W and Z bosons
  • Flavour Physics and CP Violation * Electroweak Symmetry Breaking and Higgs Physics
  • Beyond the Standard Model
  • Neutrino Physics * Non-accelerator Particle Physics
  • Recent Developments in Experimental Particle Physics and Future Outlook

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 33 hours of contact time and about 117 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 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: