The CPT offers a very broad and comprehensive set of lecture courses in elementary particle physics.
Because of its size and varied interests, the Centre for Particle Theory is able to offer
comprehensive programme of lectures in particle physics which take the student to the frontier
of present research. The course begins with a general survey of particle physics and introductory
courses on quantum field theory and group theory. These lead on to more specialised topics, amongst
others in string theory, cosmology, supersymmetry and more detailed aspects of the standard model.
Structure of the Courses
The main group of lectures
are given in the first two terms of the academic year (Michaelmas and Epiphany). This part of the lecture
course is assessed by examinations, which contribute to the assessment for the MSc and to the first year
progression requirements for PhD students. In each term there are two teaching periods of 4 weeks, with
a week's break in the middle of the term in which students will be able to revise the material. Most
courses are either 8 lectures or 16 lectures in length. There are 14 lectures/week in the Michaelmas
term and 14 lectures/week in Epiphany term.
There are additional optional lectures in the third term, aimed primarily at PhD students. These
introduce advanced topics and are intended as preparation for research in these areas.
Material from the first term is assessed in an examination at the beginning of the second term
in January, whilst material from the second term is assessed at the end of the second term in March.
In addition lecturers also set a number of homework assignments which give the student a chance to
test his or her understanding of the material. The dissertation, which must be handed in on September 15 together with
a signed plagiarism form, is double-marked by two members of the CPT expert
in the dissertation topic.
Click on the course titles given below to find out more about the course content and reading lists.