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  • A candidate Bs meson decays into two muons, © CERN 2019

                          A candidate Bs meson decays into two muons, © CERN 2019

    The SUPA Graduate School runs an extensive programme of Particle Physics courses to provide new graduate students with the necessary skills required to carry out research. The Particle Physics courses are divided into categories corresponding to whether the student is undertaking theoretical or experimental research areas.   Students should discuss with their supervisor which optional courses they should attend.  

    All experimental particle physics students should take all of the following core courses: Detector Physics, Collider Physics, Flavour Physics & Discussion Classes, unless there is a good academic reason to make a different choice and in consultation with their supervisor.


    Semester 1 (including the list and course description)

    Detectors (SUPADET)
    Institution: Glasgow & Edinburgh
    Delivery: Video Conference and Face to Face

    Advanced Statistical Physics (SUPAASP)
    Institution: Edinburgh
    Delivery: Video Conference

    Relativistic Quantum Field Theory (SUPARQF)
    Institution: Glasgow
    Delivery: Face to Face

    Semester 2 (including the list and course description)

    Collider Physics (SUPACOP)
    Institution: Edinburgh & Glasgow
    Delivery: Video Conference and Face to Face

    Presenting Your Research (SUPAPYR)
    Institution: Glasgow/Edinburgh
    Delivery: Video Conference

    Flavour Physics (SUPAFLA)
    Institution: Glasgow
    Delivery: Video Conference

    Lattice QCD (SUPALAT)
    Institution: Glasgow
    Delivery: Video Conference

    Quarks and Hadron Spectroscopy (SUPAQHS)
    Institution: Glasgow
    Delivery: Video Conference

    Professional Development courses:

    In addition, general topics should be studied, and those of particular interest to astronomy and space physics students include advanced data analysis (an introductory prequel is also offered) and courses in different programming languages such as C++, plus transferable skills modules.

    Professional Development semester 1

    Professional Development semester 2

    Please discuss your choice with your PhD supervisor.
  • Theme Leader

    Victoria Martin, University of Edinburgh,

  • Topic 3

    Particle Physics Resources

  • Topic 5

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