PHYC40080 High Energy Particle Physics

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module provides an introduction to modern particle physics:fundamental particles and interactions, experiments at particlecolliders, quantum numbers and conservation laws, the Standard Modelof Particle Physics, quarks and leptons, gauge and Higgs bosons,resonant states and quark model of hadrons, Feynman diagrams,electroweak unification, P and CP violation, physics of charm, beautyand top quarks, mixing and oscillation, strong interaction physics,neutrino physics, physics beyond the Standard Model.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module, students should have acquired a clearunderstanding of particle physics and the Standard Model describingnature at the most fundamental level. The student should be able tounderstand and work within this framework and its extensions, be ableto analyse particle properties and scattering reactions, and to deviseexperiments.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, self-reflection on material, in-class tests, homework, tutorials. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Class Tests Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: Written Exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment: Homework Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

In-class tests and solutions, group and individual problem solving, homework, tutorials.

Mark Thomson, Modern Particle Physics
David Griffiths, Introduction to Elementary Particles
Andrew Larkoski, Elementary Particle Physics, an intuitive introduction.
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Mon 09:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Wed 09:00 - 09:50