Undergraduate Course: Current Topics in Particle Physics (PHYS11063)
Course Outline
School  School of Physics and Astronomy 
College  College of Science and Engineering 
Credit level (Normal year taken)  SCQF Level 11 (Year 5 Undergraduate) 
Availability  Available to all students 
SCQF Credits  10 
ECTS Credits  5 
Summary  This second semester course provides an introduction to a range of current topics in particle physics. The course follows on from the introduction to particle physics in the core course on Relativity, Nuclear & Particle Physics, and can be taken as an option by both BSc and MPhys students. It is intended to be complementary to the more formal course on Particle Physics taught in the Semester 1. 
Course description 
This course provides an introduction to current topics in particle physics. The treatment is flexible and covers a wide range of experimental aspects of particle physics at a level appropriate for a final year undergraduate student. The course follows on from the introduction to particle physics in the core course on Relativity, Nuclear & Particle Physics, and can be taken as an option by both BSc and MPhys students. It is intended to complement the more formal course on Particle Physics taught in the first semester.
Topics that covered may include:
 Low energy precision tests of the Standard Model (EDM, g2, lepton flavour violation)
 Hadron spectroscopy including exotic states
 CP violation in heavy flavour decays
 Neutrino oscillation experiments
 Top quark production and decay
 Beyond the Standard Model & Searches for New Physics at the LHC
 Dark Matter & Dark Energy
 High energy astroparticle physics including gravitational waves
 Future Colliders (ILC, FCC)

Information for Visiting Students
Prerequisites  None 
High Demand Course? 
Yes 
Course Delivery Information

Academic year 2024/25, Available to all students (SV1)

Quota: 0 
Course Start 
Semester 2 
Timetable 
Timetable 
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) 
Total Hours:
100
(
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
56 )

Assessment (Further Info) 
Written Exam
50 %,
Coursework
50 %,
Practical Exam
0 %

Additional Information (Assessment) 
20 % oral assignment, 30 % project report, 50 % exam 
Feedback 
Not entered 
Exam Information 
Exam Diet 
Paper Name 
Hours & Minutes 

Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)  Current Topics in Particle Physics S2 Exam  2:00   Resit Exam Diet (August)  Current Topics in Particle Physics Resit Exam  2:00  
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
 Describe current research activities in particle physics.
 Demonstrate knowledge of the design of current experiments.
 Understand open issues in the theoretical description of particle physics.
 Locate and make use of detailed information on particle physics in the primary research literature.
 Summarise current topics in particle physics in a variety of forms, both alone and in collaboration with others.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 
Apply critical analysis, and evaluation to current development in particle physics.
Critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in the subject.
Communicate with peers, more senior colleagues and specialists via written report and oral presentation.
Work in a peer relationship with specialist practitioners. 
Keywords  CTiPP,Particle Physics,neutrinos,CP violation,colliders 
Contacts
Course organiser  Dr Mark Williams
Tel:
Email: M.Williams@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary  Ms Alexis Heeren
Tel:
Email: Alexis.Heeren@ed.ac.uk 

