University of Huddersfield

University of Huddersfield

Accelerator Science

This course gives you a thorough understanding of the concepts and techniques of accelerator science. The course will equip you for a successful future career in working with accelerators in an organisation which builds accelerators or their components, or researching the future development and uses of these vital machines. The 6 modules of the Master's are taught using problem-based learning achieved through undertaking short computer-based projects with fully supported hardware, software, documentation and local expertise. The overall aim of the project is to train you in experimental or theoretical methods in accelerator science through undertaking a project involving active research; building or developing apparatus, designing new components, or analysing data.

Entry requirements

The course is suitable for students with a Bachelor's degree in physics, or a similar subject, such as Mathematics or Engineering, who want to specialise in Accelerator Science. A good Honours degree is required, and for students whose 1st language is not English, an IELTS score of at least 6.5 in all sections.

Course modules

Modules: Beam dynamics; electromagnetic fields for accelerators; control and diagnostics; beam interactions with matter; statistics for accelerators; research methods and communication; accelerator laboratory; dissertation.

Assessment methods

In the 6 project based modules you work individually on short intensive computer-based projects, with full resources provided. There are no examinations and your projects are assessed as you do them. The practical nature of the course means many short laboratory experiments and getting acquainted with the subject in a hands-on way. You will learn about magnets, RF power transmission, beam deflection and focusing, electronic signal measurement, and a wide range of other techniques using modern equipment. This will give you a real feel for what goes on in an accelerator system, to give a foundation for your work. The laboratory modules are also assessed in session, marks are gained for successfully completed tasks. The research project is assessed through your written dissertation, a presentation and a poster.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 14,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Huddersfield Huddersfield HD1 3DH Yorkshire and the Humber

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