Advanced High Energy Physics

 MSc  1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)

 9 months full-time, 2 years part-time.

The PgDip programme is designed to lead into the MSc and will involve one academic year at PGDip level, followed by the MSc (one calendar year).

Signature of Higgs Boson

Particle physics is embarking upon a new era with the start of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva and its recent discovery of a new Higgs-like boson and potentially other new phenomena just around the corner.

Driven by this, UCL initiated a Masters in Advanced High Energy Physics, covering the theory of the Standard Model, current experiments and their most significant results, future prospects, measurement techniques, high-level computing as well as an option in Quantum Field Theory.

These advanced courses are complemented with a project and dissertation within the High Energy Physics (HEP) group. Depending on the project, a field trip of up to one month to a major High Energy Physics Laboratory such as CERN may be possible.

Entry to this programme requires the equivalent of a UK MSci degree.

Alternatively, with a BSc the candidate can join an integrated programme, aligned with the Bologna Declaration on Higher Education, of an nine-month post-graduate diploma, followed by the one-year Masters.

For details of High Energy Physics at UCL, see the HEP research pages

MSc (180 credits)

Core Modules


Research Project

(75 credits) (15 credits) (90 credits)
  • The Standard Model and Beyond– Part I (22.5 credits)
  • The Standard Model and Beyond– Part II (22.5 credits)
  • Current HEP Projects (18 credits)
  • Symmetries and Conservation Laws (12 credits)

Option 1

  • Experimental: Computing and Statistical Data Analysis

Option 2

  • Theoretical: Quantum Field Theory
An independent research project based in the High Energy Physics (HEP) research group, culminating in a
dissertation and oral presentation.

There are two entry points to the Advanced High Energy Physics programme:


A minimum 2.1 MSci/MPhys in physics from a UK university. For non-UK students an equivalent to the 4-year MSci/MPhys is required.


A minimum 2.1 BSc in physics or a related subject. For non-UK students an equivalent to the 3-year UK BSc is required.

The PgDIP is designed to lead into the MSc programme and will involve one academic year at PGDip level, followed by the MSc (one calendar year).

Non-UK university degrees:

For prospective entrants with non-UK university degrees, entry criteria will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Non native-English speakers will also need to provide a sufficient proof of proficiency in the English language as from the UCL admissions website (see notes for international applicants).

Additional requirements for theoretical options:

A knowledge of most, if not all, of the below topics will be expected and may need to be tested before the course commences:

  • basic complex analysis, e.g. contour integration;
  • formulation of quantum mechanics in both Schrodinger and Heisenberg pictures, and use of Dirac notation;
  • raising and lowering operator techniques in quantum mechanics;
  • perturbation theory in quantum mechanics, both time-independent and time dependent;
  • basic classical field theory;
  • relationships between symmetries and conservation laws in both quantum mechanics and classical mechanics/field theory;
  • relativistic electromagnetic theory, i.e. use of scalar and vector potentials and relationship to electromagnetic fields in four-vector notation;
  • quantum mechanics of particles in an electromagnetic field;
  • introduction to relativistic quantum mechanics.

All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programmes for which they have applied. This requirement is specified in order to ensure that the academic progress of students is not hindered by language difficulties and that students are able to integrate socially while studying at UCL and living in the UK.

Further details can be found at


Can be made online or by downloading a form in pdf format at


International applicants: 31 May
UK and other European Union countries: 5 August

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Postal Address

MSc Programme Tutor
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University College London
United Kingdom