Taught course

Particle Physics

University of Sheffield · Department of Physics

Entry requirements

You'll need a first class honours degree, or equivalent, in physics.

Months of entry


Course content

This masters course reflects the University of Sheffield's exceptional expertise in particle physics. Our researchers were part of the Higgs boson discovery and they continue to work on projects at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, which some of our students get the chance to visit. Sheffield is also home to researchers who are leading the way in, for example:

  • neutrino detection as part of the T2K collaboration;
  • gravitational waves detection as part of the Advanced LIGO collaboration;
  • dark matter experiments as part of the LUK-Zeplin experiment at Sanford Underground Research Facility and the DRIFT programme at Boulby Underground Laboratory.

Our staff are supported by the UK Science and Technology Facility Council, the European Research Council, the Royal Society and Innovate-UK.

This one-year research degree is your chance to join us in unravelling some of the greatest mysteries in modern physics.

Core modules

  • Further Quantum Mechanics
  • Advanced Electromagnetism
  • Dark Matter and the Universe
  • The Development of Particle Physics
  • Research Skills in Physics
  • Research Project in Physics – this accounts for half of your final grade

Examples of optional modules

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


Teaching is through lectures, research seminars, small group tutorials and oral presentation.

Your supervisor will help you develop your research skills and support you as you work on your research project.


Assessment includes: a project report, literature review, oral presentations, including a viva, formal examinations and short reports and essays.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Fiona Maisey
+44 (0)114 222 3789