2019 start

Particle Physics

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science

Our masters courses focus on some of the most exciting areas of modern physics. These one-year degrees reflect Sheffield’s outstanding expertise in these fast-moving subjects. They are designed to give you the research skills and scientific expertise to make new discoveries in fields where there are many mysteries left to be solved.
Particle Physics postgraduate using equipment

Course description

You will learn from researchers who were involved in the discovery of the Higgs boson, the third neutrino mixing angle, and gravitational waves.

You’ll be able to take part in front-line experiments at the LHC, in neutrino physics, in the search for dark matter, and in gravitational waves. You will develop the skills to make new discoveries at the frontiers of physics.

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Core modules

  • Dark Matter and the Universe
  • Further Quantum Mechanics
  • The Development of Particle Physics
  • Advanced Electromagnetism
  • Research Skills in Physics
  • Research Project in Physics

Optional modules

Indicative optional modules include:

  • Introduction to General Relativity
  • Particle Astrophysics
  • Advanced Particle Physics
  • Physics in an Enterprise Culture
  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • Semiconductor Physics and Technology
  • Statistical Physics


One-year individual programme of research.

Taught material is complemented by a 12-month research project in one of our world-leading research groups.

Depending on the subject of your project, it may be possible for you to complete your research at a laboratory outside the University of Sheffield – for example, at CERN.


1 year full-time

Entry requirements

A first-class undergraduate degree in physics or a related subject.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.