Lecturer: Christos Leonidopoulos, Mark Owen, Tony Doyle

Institution: Edinburgh & Glasgow

Hours Equivalent Credit: 18 (16 lectures & 2 tutorials)

Assessment: Problem sets (40%), Literature Review (60%)

Course Summary

The SUPACOP lectures provide the common core for all particle physics students in semester 2. The course covers three main subject areas:

  • Electroweak and Higgs Physics
  • QCD
  • Beyond the Standard Model (BSM) Physics (including Supersymmetry)

The objective of the course is to provide a general overview of theoretical, phenomenological and experimental aspects of electroweak theory, QCD and BSM physics, concentrating on the most influential and/or recent measurements from colliders.


The SUPACOP lectures provide the common core for all particle physics students in semester 2. The course covers three main subject areas: Electroweak Physics (including Higgs), QCD and Beyond the Standard Model (including Supersymmetry). The objective of the course is to provide a general overview of theoretical, phenomenological and experimental aspects of electroweak theory, QCD and beyond the Standard Model (BSM) physics, concentrating on the most influential and/or recent measurements from colliders

Further information

The course will include:

  • An introduction to lepton and hadron collider basics: kinematics, PDFs, Monte Carlo methods, jets, triggering and reconstruction, experimental techniques
  • Results from LEP and Tevatron and on W, Z, top and Higgs searches
  • LHC physics: Standard Model and QCD results; BSM searches; the Higgs discovery
  • The BSM part of the course will introduce the concept of naturalness in the context of supersymmetry, supersymmetry breaking, and compositeness.
At the end of the course, we expect students to be familiar with basics of collider physics and the theoretical and experimental aspects of QCD, Electroweak, MSSM and Higgs physics.