Elementary Particle Physics

Course content

The purpose of this course is to give the student an understanding of relativistic quantum field theory. A general introduction to Quantum Field Theory will be given, with an aim towards applications: Feynman diagrams, cross sections, decay rates, etc.


MSc Programme in Physics

MSc Programme in Physics with a minor subject

Learning outcome

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to

  • use the tools of quantum field theory to solve fundamental problems in theoretical particle physics.
  • use the required mathematical language in presenting the solutions to these problems.

The understanding of relativistic Quantum Field Theory and its application in describing relativistic scattering and decay processes in the Standard Model of fundamental interactions.

This course, together with 'Quantum Field Theory I' and/or "Particle physics phenomenology" prepares the students with the background for research in this field, for instance in terms of an M.Sc. project.

Lectures, Interactive exercise sessions, Homeworks

See Absalon for course material.

It is expected that the student knows the physics course curriculum corresponding to a bachelor degree in physics.
Basic knowledge of Special Relativity (relativistic notations, Lorentz transformations) and Quantum Mechanics (Schrodinger equation, perturbation theory, Fermi Golden rule, etc.) are assumed.

Academic qualifications equivalent to a BSc degree is recommended.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
Written assignment, 8 hours
The final grade will be based on two components:
(i) 5 homework assignments (25%) and
(ii) 8 hours take home exam (75%).

Each part of the exam is assessed individually and the final grade is given on this basis.
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
More internal examiners
Criteria for exam assessment

See learning outcome

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 156
  • Exercises
  • 14
  • Exam
  • 8
  • English
  • 206