Particle Physics, University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield the United Kingdom

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The award
MSc(Res)

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 11500 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 24400 per year

All study options

About Particle Physics at University of Sheffield

This course covers the complex theories and experimental techniques that particle physicists use to explain the nature of the universe. It will develop your understanding of the Standard Model by going into even greater depth on topics you might have covered in your undergraduate degree, such as quantum mechanics, electrodynamics and dark matter.

You'll learn about the methods particle physicists use to study the universe, the experiments that led to the discoveries of neutrons, positrons and neutrinos, and the experimental evidence for quarks and gluons. You can examine the possible explanations for dark matter with scientists who are leading searches for it, and take modules led by researchers who were involved in the Higgs boson and gravitational wave discoveries.

The biggest part of your degree is your research project, which you might be able to work on at a research facility such as CERN. Possible topics include:

  • background events in the LUX-Zeplin dark matter experiment
  • characterising ultra-fast imaging photon sensors for neutrino experiments
  • design a masterclass for high-school students using ATLAS open data
  • searching for supersymmetry with the ATLAS detector at the CERN Large Hadron Collider
  • the WATCHMAN Project: Using anti-neutrinos for nuclear threat reduction
  • using tau leptons in collider experiments to search for new physics

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMSc(Res)How you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 11500 per yearInternational course feesGBP 24400 per year

Notes about fees for this course

Fees for 2023 entry are not yet available. Please use these 2022 fees as a guide

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in physics

We also consider a wide range of international qualifications:

Entry requirements for international students

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for a pre-masters programme in Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

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