MSc Physics: Particle Physics


This is a one calendar year full-time MSc in Physics consisting of three streams: Theoretical PhysicsParticle Physics and  Condensed Matter Physics. The three streams are distinguished by the choice of 60 credit MSc Project and compulsory taught modules.

  • Do you want to contribute to an area of cutting-edge research in an awe-inspiring subject?
  • Do you want to delve deeper into advanced topics in physics or astronomy?
  • Develop valuable new knowledge and skills? Prepare for a research career, or embark on a completely new path?
  • Whatever your motivation, a postgraduate degree from the School of Physics and Astronomy can help you achieve your ambitions.

The MSc Physics: Particle Physics programme is one of three different pathways to an MSc in physics that also includes Theoretical Physics and Condensed Matter Physics. The School of Physics and Astronomy also offers an MSc in Astrophysics and a PGCert in Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Programme outcome

This programme will deepen your understanding of particle physics, covering more advanced concepts than the BSc and MSci programmes in physics. For example you will gain:

  • Fundamental knowledge of the standard model of particle physics
  • The ability to draw Feynman diagrams
  • Statistical knowledge of data analysis in particle physics
  • Knowledge of basic concepts of computer programming in modern science
  • The ability to apply quantum mechanical principles to the sub-atomic and sub-nuclear physics.


The MSc in Physics: Particle Physics is available to study full-time over one year.

The programme consists of eight taught and examined modules during the first two semesters and a substantial research project undertaken in the second and third semesters within the relevant research group.

You will be able to take modules from the other University of London colleges (University College London, King's College London or Royal Holloway University of London), as per the list of approved modules.

MSC Physics (Particle Physics)

Module Code Module Name Period Level Credit Selection Status
Semester 1
INK7001U Theory of Complex Networks SEM1 7 15 Elective
INK7003U Elements of Statistical Learning SEM1 7 15 Elective
INK7004U Dynamical Analysis of Complex Systems SEM1 7 15 Elective
INK7020U Lie Groups and Lie Algebras SEM1 7 15 Elective
INK7022U Mathematical Methods for Theoretical Physics SEM1 7 15 Elective
INK7051U Environmental Remote Sensing SEM1 7 15 Elective
INK7066U  Modelling Quantum Many-Body Systems  SEM1 7 15 Elective
INK7067U  Advanced Condensed Matter  SEM1 7 15 Elective
INK7068U  Cellular Biophysics  SEM1 7 15 Elective
INK7069U  Dark Matter and Dark Energy  SEM1 7 15 Elective
INR7003U  Particle Accelerator Physics  SEM1 7 15 Elective
INR7008U  Superfluids, Condensates, and Superconductors  SEM1 7 15 Elective
INR7012U Physics at the Nanoscale SEM1 7 15 Elective
INR7014U Statistical Data Analysis SEM1 7 15 Elective
INU7001U  Advanced Quantum Theory  SEM1 7 15 Elective
INU7003U  Atom and Photon Physics  SEM1 7 15 Elective
INU7017U  Particle Physics  SEM1 7 15 Elective
INU7071U  Galaxy Dynamics, Formation and Evolution SEM1 7 15 Elective
SPA7005U/P Cosmology SEM1 7 15 Elective
SPA7012P MSc Physics Research Project YEAR 7 60 Core
SPA7013U/P Phase Transitions SEM1 7 15 Elective
SPA7017P Project/Dissertation YEAR 7 15 Elective
SPA7018U/P Relativistic Waves and Quantum Fields SEM1 7 15 Compulsory
SPA7024U/P Functional Methods in Quantum Field Theory SEM2 7 15 Elective
SPA7019U/P Relativity and Gravitation SEM1 7 15 Elective
SPA7020P Research Methods for Astrophysics SEM1 7 15 Elective
SPA7022U/P Solar System SEM1 7 15 Elective
SPA7023U/P Stellar Structure and Evolution SEM1 7 15 Elective
SPA7026P Euromasters Project/Dissertation YEAR 7 120 Elective
SPA7027U/P Differential Geometry in Theoretical Physics SEM1 7 15 Elective
Semester 2
INK7002U  Equilibrium Analysis of Complex Systems  SEM2 7 15 Elective
INK7005U  Mathematical Biology  SEM2 7 15 Elective
INK7032U  Standard Model Physics and Beyond  SEM2 7 15 Elective
INK7034U  String Theory and Branes  SEM2 7 15 Elective
INK7037U  Theoretical Treatment of Nano-Systems  SEM2 7 15 Elective
INK7048U  Advanced Photonics SEM2 7 15 Elective
INK7054U  Supersymmetry  SEM2 7 15 Elective
INR7002U  Nuclear Magnetic Resonance  SEM2 7 15 Elective
INR7007U  Statistical Mechanics  SEM2 7 15 Elective
INR7015U  Quantum Electronics of Nanostructures  SEM2 7 15 Elective
INR7018U  Computer Simulation in Condensed Matter  SEM2 7 15 Elective
INU7008U  Solar Physics  SEM2 7 15 Elective
INU7013U  Molecular Biophysics  SEM2 7 15 Elective
INU7014U  Molecular Physics  SEM2 7 15 Elective
INU7016U  Order and Excitations in Condensed Matter  SEM2 7 15 Elective
INU7022U  Quantum Computation and Communication  SEM2 7 15 Elective
INU7026U  Space Plasma and Magnetospheric Physics  SEM2 7 15 Elective
INU7045U  Planetary Atmospheres  SEM2 7 15 Elective
INU7056U Advanced Physical Cosmology SEM2 7 15 Elective
INU7067U  Advanced Topics in Statistical Mechanic  SEM2 7 15 Elective
SPA7001U/P Advanced Quantum Field Theory SEM2 7 15 Compulsory
SPA7004U/P Astrophysical Plasmas SEM2 7 15 Elective
SPA7006U/P Electromagnetic Radiation in Astrophysics SEM2 7 15 Elective
SPA7008U/P Electronic Structure Methods SEM2 7 15 Elective
SPA7009U/P Extrasolar Planets and Astrophysical Discs SEM2 7 15 Elective
SPA7010U/P The Galaxy SEM2 7 15 Elective
SPA7012P MSc Physics Research Project YEAR 7 60 Core
SPA7017P Project/Dissertation YEAR 7 15 Elective
SPA7026P Euromasters Project/Dissertation YEAR 7 120 Elective
SPA7028U/P Advanced Cosmology SEM2 7 15 Elective
SPA7031U/P Supersymmetric Methods in Theoretical Physics SEM2 7 15 Elective
SPA7032U/P An Introduction to Strings and Branes SEM2 7 15 Elective

Entry Requirements

This programme requires international students to have ATAS clearance. The JACS code for this course is F300

We expect students to have at least an upper second class degree in Physics or closely related discipline; in exceptional circumstances students may be admitted with a lower second class degree.

Non-native English speaking applicants would have to achieve at least 6.5 IELTS score and the equivalent in the relevant TOEFL assessment.

International applicants:

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. See out international pages for English language entry requirements

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the Admissions Office for assistance.

How to Apply

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