PhD training in particle physics

We provide a comprehensive training programme for University of Sheffield PhD students in particle physics.


During the first year students will typically complete the following activities:

  • 100 hours of teaching and independent learning focusing on Quantum field theory, Quantum Electrodynamics, the Standard Model, detector physics and software tools (ROOT, GEANT4, etc.)
  • A one-week residential school on neutrino physics
  • A two-week residential school on Particle Physics (RAL summery school)
  • Give a presentation at a Particle Physics and Particle Astrophysics Group event in the Spring
  • Prepare a poster for the Institute of Physics meeting before Easter
  • Prepare a first-year report and pass a viva

The timetable of the lectures and other events is published here (University of Sheffield access only).

Journal club

Our research group organises a weekly journal club to discuss papers and new developments in the field. These happen on Wednesdays, 1pm-2pm. Odd weeks are indented for first and second year PhD students, and are dedicated to the discussion of classical and overview papers. Even weeks are for the discussion of new developments, papers with outrageous ideas and just the odd idea.

Journal club calendar

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Research Excellence Framework 2021

We have been rated 1st in the UK in terms of the quality of our research. In the latest REF, 100 per cent of research and impact from our department has been classed as world-leading or internationally excellent.