NFYA04036U Elementary Particle Physics

Volume 2024/2025

MSc Programme in Physics

MSc Programme in Physics with a minor subject


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.

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.

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.
Lectures, Interactive exercise sessions, Homeworks
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 28
  • Preparation
  • 156
  • Exercises
  • 14
  • Exam
  • 8
  • Total
  • 206
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 assesment

See learning outcome