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 "Modern Particle Physics" prepares the students for research in theoretical and experimental particle physics in terms of M.Sc. and/or Ph.D. projects.

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
Type of assessment details
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

Reexamination: 8 hours take home assignment counts for 75% of the final grade. Points from the homework sets submitted during the course (if any) may be re-used for 25% of the grade, or new sets can be submitted until three weeks before the re-exam. Students should contact the course responsible as soon as possible if they wish to arrange new homework sets. In the case of new homework sets, the points from these replace points from previous sets.

Criteria for exam assessment

See learning outcome

Single subject courses (day)

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


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 1
No restriction
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
Study Board of Physics, Chemistry and Nanoscience
Contracting department
  • The Niels Bohr Institute
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Oleg Ruchayskiy   (15-526f686a315578666b647c766e6c7c4371656c316e7831676e)
Saved on the 28-02-2023

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