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Particle and Nuclear Physics MSc

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MSc - Master of Science

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Nuclear Physics

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Programme description

The study of Particle and Nuclear Physics brings together advanced experimental techniques, computational techniques, and theoretical understanding.

The experiments are typically large collaborations working at international laboratories using highly sophisticated detectors. These detector technologies also find applications in medical physics and other forms of position sensing. The computational aspects deal with large data sets and use machine learning and other advanced techniques in data science.

Theoretical nuclear and particle physics aims to interpret the experimental results in terms of mathematical models of the structure and evolution of the physical world.


This course develops core skills related to data analysis and statistical interpretation. After a recap of modern programmingtools (NumPy, SciPy, matplotlib) and statistical methods, the students are introduced to maximum likelihood fits, systematic effects and hypothesis testing. Advanced techniques such as multivariate methods and machine learning will be introduced. The simulation of experimental data will also be covered. At the end of the course data analysis techniques will be applied to current experiments.

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Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in physics or a related subject with sufficient physics content. In particular we expect that you will have completed a quantum mechanics course.

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