2020 start
MSc(Res)

Particle Physics

Department of Physics and Astronomy, Faculty of Science

Particle physics has been at the centre of some of the 21st century's biggest scientific discoveries. You'll study in a department that has worked on the discovery of the Higgs boson and the detection of gravitational waves. Our researchers are involved in searches for dark matter and ground-breaking neutrino experiments.
Particle Physics student working with equipment

Course description

This course covers the complex theories and experimental techniques that particle physicists use to explain the nature of the universe. It will develop your understanding of the Standard Model by going into even greater depth on topics you might have covered in your undergraduate degree, such as quantum mechanics, electrodynamics and dark matter.

You’ll learn about the methods particle physicists use to study the universe, the experiments that led to the discoveries of neutrons, positrons and neutrinos, and the experimental evidence for quarks and gluons. You can examine the possible explanations for dark matter with scientists who are leading searches for it, and take modules led by researchers who were involved in the Higgs boson and gravitational wave discoveries.

You might also be able to do your research project at a facility where our scientists work off campus, such as CERN.

Your career

The advanced topics covered and the extensive research training make this course great preparation for a PhD. Physics graduates also develop numerical, problem solving and data analysis skills that are useful in many careers, including computer programming, software engineering, data science, and research and development into new products and services.

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Modules

Core modules

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

Optional modules

Examples include:

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

Teaching

You will be taught through a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials and your research project.

Assessment

You'll be assessed by examinations, coursework, essays and other written work, presentations and a dissertation and viva.

Duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

We usually ask for a first-class degree, or equivalent, in physics.

English language requirements

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

Entry requirements for international students

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

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Contact

postgradphysics-enquiry@shef.ac.uk
+44 114 222 3789

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