Taught course

Particle Physics

Institution
University of Sussex · Physics and Astronomy
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in a physics- or mathematics-based subject. Candidates should have a strong background in modern physics subjects such as quantum mechanics and electrodynamics. Those requesting experimental projects must have laboratory experience, and evidence must be supplied, usually in the form of a reference, of competence in the laboratory.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The course covers all-important and up-to-date topics of modern experimental and theoretical particle physics, and provides a sound footing for further studies in this field. A substantial project component allows you to carry out a research project under the individual supervision of a member of faculty (refer to Faculty interests).

This MSc can be taken in an experimental or theoretical mode. Instruction is by lectures, seminars and personal supervision.

Additional entry information

Candidates should have a strong background in modern physics subjects such as quantum mechanics and electrodynamics. Those requesting experimental projects must have laboratory experience, and evidence must be supplied, usually in the form of a reference, of competence in the laboratory.

Assessment

Assessment of this MSc is made up of 50 per cent on a research project and 50 per cent on lecture modules. The research project culminates in your dissertation (with a contribution from a research talk). There are also six lecture modules, typically assessed by a mixture of problem sets with either an open-notes test or an unseen examination. A distinction can be awarded on the basis of excellence in both the research project and the lecture modules.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Course structure (full time)

Over the year, your time is split equally between taught modules and a research project in either theoretical or experimental particle physics. You have a supervisor who oversees your work in general and is responsible for supervision of your project. Supervisors and topics are allocated, in consultation with you, early in the autumn term.

You work on the research project throughout the year, with more emphasis on it outside the teaching periods. In many cases, the projects form the basis of research papers that are later published in scientific journals.

You take one compulsory module in the autumn term, Quantum Field Theory I. The remaining five modules are selected, in consultation with your supervisor, from those listed under the MSc in Physics.

A typical selection for a student doing a theoretical project would include General Relativity, Symmetry in Particle Physics and Further Quantum Mechanics in the autumn term; Quantum Field Theory II and Beyond the Standard Model in the spring term.

For a student doing an experimental project it would be Further Quantum Mechanics and Data Analysis Techniques in the autumn term; and Advanced Particle Physics and Particle Physics Detector Technology in the spring term. Additional options are available in both terms.

Course structure (part time)

Distribution of modules between the two years is relatively flexible and agreed between you, your supervisor and the module convenors. However, timetabling of individual modules is constrained and if you have limited availability, you are encouraged to check the timetable prior to registration. Most of your project work naturally falls into the second year.

Information for international students

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/2016/taught/1670/33387#qualifications

Fees and funding

UK students
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/2016/taught/1670/33387#fees
International students
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/2016/taught/1670/33387#fees

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations33
Written coursework / continuous assessment33
Dissertation34 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Student Recruitment Services
Email
msc@physics.sussex.ac.uk