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MPhys Physics with Astrophysics / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Frontiers of Particle Physics II

Unit code PHYS40722
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 4
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Department of Physics & Astronomy
Available as a free choice unit? No


Frontiers of Particle Physics 2


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Frontiers of Particle Physics I PHYS40521 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


1. To provide a thorough and in depth knowledge of modern experimental particle physics including recent results.
2. To provide an essential basis for students who will undertake research in this subject.

Learning outcomes

This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates.
On completion successful students will be able to:
1. judge the significance of specific experimental observations in the broader context of fundamental particle physics questions
2. identify the key unanswered questions in quark flavour, neutrino and dark matter physics, and propose how physicists can answer these questions experimentally
3. explain the main theoretical concepts underpinning quark flavour, neutrino and dark matter physics, and apply them to calculations
4. describe the experimental techniques used in the field, in particular the particle detection mechanisms and the methods of suppressing background
5. analyse data (e.g. in the form of oscillation or CP violation measurements) to derive key results in particle physics


1.   Quark flavour physics
CKM matrix
CP violation
LHCb experiment and recent results


2.   Neutrino physics and other rare processes
Neutrino masses and oscillations
PMNS matrix
Majorana and Dirac neutrinos
Charged lepton flavour violation
Dark matter


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 100%

Feedback methods

Feedback will be available on students’ individual written solutions to examples sheets and model answers will be issued.

Recommended reading

Martin, B. & Shaw, G. Particle Physics, (Wiley)
Perkins, D.H. Introduction to High Energy Physics (CVP)

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 1.5
Lectures 24
Independent study hours
Independent study 74.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Marco Gersabeck Unit coordinator

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