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.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year or full-time 21 months
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £21,700
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,800

Application date

  • UK/EU applicants: 5 August 2014
  • Overseas applicants: 31 May 2014

More details in Application section.

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.

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:


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

Scholarships available for this department

Brown Family Bursary

This award is based on financial need.

Summer Scholarship in Condensed Matter Physics

The Scholarships are awarded to conduct a 10 week research project in Condensed Matter and Materials Physics over the summer vacation period.

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2014 for international applicants and 5 August 2014 for applicants from the UK and other European Union countries.

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.

Next steps


Dr Mario Campanelli

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Physics and Astronomy

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Student View

"My primary reason for applying to UCL was the strength of the High Energy Physics group's research and its reputation. The group is involved in a wide range of interesting experiments around the world."

Jonathan Davies

Degree: High Energy Physics PhD

Alumni View

"I chose to study at UCL as it is among the best universities in the field of high energy physics. The contacts I made while studying at UCL have allowed me to participate on the board of a research council and other interesting activities."

Phil Kaziewicz

Managing Director, GI Partners, 1995