Durham University

Durham University

Particles, Strings and Cosmology

This is an advanced taught course. The aim of this course is to bring students in 12 months to the frontier of elementary particle theory. This course is intended for students who have already obtained a good 1st degree in either physics or mathematics, including in the latter case courses in quantum mechanics and relativity.

Entry requirements

A good 2nd Class Honours degree (2.1 Honours) or international equivalent in either physics or mathematics. English language requirements include an IELTS score of 6.5 (with no element below 6.0) or equivalent.

Course modules

Core modules; introductory field theory; group theory; standard model; general relativity; quantum electrodynamics; quantum field theory; conformal field theory; supersymmetry; anomalies; strong interaction physics; cosmology; superstrings and d-branes; non-perturbative physics; Euclidean field theory; flavour physics and effective field theory; neutrinos and astroparticle physics; 2d quantum field theory. Optional modules available in previous years included: differential geometry for physicists; boundaries and defects in integrable field theory; computing for physicists.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include examinations and dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 14,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 6,100 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University Durham DH1 3LG North East

Key information

Department of Mathematical Sciences
Telephone number: 
0191 334 3082