United Kingdom, London

Introduction to Particle Physics

when 1 July 2019 - 19 July 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 1650

This course will explain the basic concepts in particle physics, starting from the basic blocks of matter as we know them before looking at the fundamental forces and experimental methods used in ongoing investigations in the field. You will learn about the elementary particles and fundamental forces acting between them and understand the behaviour of all known matter, from very small-scale particles to the very large scale of the universe and its composition. We will also explain main experimental techniques, from particle accelerators to particle detectors and statistical data analyses. We hope that by the end of the programme you will be able to confidently reassure others that the LHC will not destroy the world!

Course leader

Dr Marcella Bona

Target group

Undergraduate Students

Course aim

This course aims to:

- build your basic knowledge of particle physics: its elementary particles and fundamental forces

- help you understand how particles and forces build matter as we know it

- help you understand how particles and forces can be studied in experiments: eg the basic functioning of particle accelerators and detectors

- train you to critically interpret media reports on particle physics

- provide the opportunity for you to gain experience of writing and talking about particle physics at a level either appropriate to a scientist or a layman.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS
You will study one course per QMUL Summer School session. Each course is worth 15 QMUL credits.

Usually, the 15 credits we award for each three-week QMUL Summer School session translate to 3–4 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system.

Your home institution should confirm if they will grant credit for Summer School courses. Whilst we will do everything we can to support you throughout the Summer School application process, it's your responsibility to check with your home institution if you can transfer credit from the Summer School prior to arriving at QMUL.

Fee info

GBP 1650: The Queen Mary Summer School costs: £1,650 per session.
We are offering a 10% early bird discount for those who apply before 31 March 2019.
From 31 March onwards we will offer a 10% discount to:
• Students and staff from partner institutions
• Alumni
• Current Queen Mary students
On campus accommodation will cost approximately £500 per session.
Additional costs and course excursions
Please note that some courses have some additional fees not included in the tuition fee. These fees are for activities and field trips that may take place away from our campus. We will give further details of these costs in due course.
Please note there is no deposit payment required for the Queen Mary Summer School.
GBP 50: There is a non-refundable application fee of £50.


There are no scholarships available for this course