Your taught modules

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Browse the sample modules below or read up on module content for all Queen Mary modules using our module directory. To browse physics MSc modules:

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Please refer to individual programme pages for information on which modules can be taken for which programe.


Sample MSc module descriptions

Differential Geometry in Theoretical Physics

Dr Costis Papageorgakis

This course aims to provide you with a number of advanced mathematical tools from differential geometry, essential for research in modern Theoretical Physics, and apply them to certain physical contexts. The notation of differential forms is introduced and the geometric aspects of gauge theory explored. Gravity is interpreted as a gauge theory in this geometric setting. Manifolds are studied in detail, leading to the definition of fibre bundles. Finally, the Dirac and 't Hooft-Polyakov monopoles, as well as the Yang-Mills and gravitational instantons are explored and their associated understanding in fibre bundle language developed.


Functional Methods in Quantum Field Theory

Dr Rodolfo Russo

This course introduces the path integral description of quantum mechanics and applies it to the study of quantum field theory (QFT).
QFT has become a cornerstone of theoretical physics, with a wide range of applications from particle physics (providing the foundations to the standard model) to the description of condensed matter systems (phase transitions).

The course provides an introduction to the notions of renormalisation group and effective actions. As a concrete application, the phi^4 theory is discussed in some detail, including the Fisher-Wilson approach to the derivation of the critical exponents.


Supersymmetric Methods in Theoretical Physics

Dr Matt Buican

This module starts in 0+1 dimensions with supersymmetric quantum mechanics. In particular, we study the Witten index as an important non-perturbative tool to analyse these theories.

The module then moves on to study various representations in N=2 and N=(2,2) supersymmetric quantum mechanics culminating with a discussion of Berry’s phase in these latter systems. The final part of the module moves on to supersymmetric quantum field theory in 2+1 dimensions and introduces aspects of the Wilsonian renormalization group, moduli spaces, and duality. The main idea of the module is to get non-trivial insight into strongly coupled quantum systems using symmetry as the guiding principle.


Collider Physics

Dr Chirs White

The aim of this course is to prepare students for research at the interface between particle physics theory and experiment. We start by reviewing properties of particle colliders and detectors, before learning the quantum field theory of quarks and gluons (Quantum Chromodynamics), and how to apply this to calculate measurable quantities. This includes a detailed discussion of divergences in the theory, and how these are overcome (renormalisation and factorisation). Next, we look at the theory underlying current software tools for comparing theory with data (i.e. Monte Carlo event generators). Finally, we give a survey of various new physics scenarios, and how one can look for them.