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Contact details

Professor Matthew Wing

Email: mw@hep.ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7650

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

Candidates may be eligible for a Santander scholarship. For further details please visit:


Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Prospectus Entry

Physics and Astronomy

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

60% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Advanced High Energy Physics MSc

Particle physics is embarking on a new era with the start of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva. This MSc covers the theory of the Standard Model, current experiments and their most significant results, future prospects, measurement techniques, high-level computing, and an option in Quantum Field Theory.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students develop insights into the techniques used in current projects, and gain in-depth experience of project work as a member of a high energy physics research team. The programme provides key professional skills for industry or academia and the tools to respond to the challenges that arise from future developments.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Physics & Astronomy is among the top departments in the UK for graduate study. The department's participation in many international collaborations means we provide exceptional opportunities to work as part of an international team.

Examples include work at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, and at the EISCAT radar instruments in Scandinavia for studying the Earth's upper atmosphere.

For students whose interests tend towards the theoretical, there is access to national supercomputer facilities, such as the HECToR service. Depending on the research project, a field trip of up to one month to a major High Energy Physics Laboratory such as CERN will be possible.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year or full-time 21 months

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of core and optional modules (90 credits) and a research project (90 credits).

An exit-level Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time eight months) is offered.

Core Modules

  • The Standard Model and Beyond – Part I
  • The Standard Model and Beyond – Part II
  • Current HEP Projects


  • Either
  • Experimental: Symmetries and Conservation Laws
  • Experimental: Computing and Statistical Data Analysis
  • Or
  • Theoretical: Quantum Field Theory


All MSc students undertake an independent research project based in the High Energy Particle Physics research group, culminating in a dissertation and oral presentation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical, laboratory and computer-based classes. Student performance is assessed through coursework and written examination. The research project is assessed by literature survey, oral presentation and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

An upper second-class MSci or MPhys from a UK university (or overseas equivalent) is required. Applicants with an upper second-class BSc may be admitted to the 21-month programme undertaking a preparatory Postgraduate Diploma before transferring to the MSc.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 31 May for international applicants and 5 August for applicants from the UK and other European Union countries. 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.

Who can apply?

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 eight-month postgraduate diploma followed by the one-year Master's.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Advanced High Energy Physics at graduate level
  • why you want to study Advanced High Energy Physics at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Physics opens up many avenues to employment through the skills acquired: these embrace problem-solving, the training of a logical and numerate mind, computation skills, modelling and material analysis and the ability to think laterally. These combined with team work, vision and enthusiasm make physics graduates highly desirable members of all dynamic companies. Physics-established careers embrace a broad band of areas e.g. information technology, engineering, finance, research and development, medicine, nanotechnology and photonics. It is no wonder that employers regard a physics degree as a flexible and highly desirable university training.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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