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Course content

The course provides the basic principles and concepts to understand the fascinating world of quarks and leptons, today’s constituents of matter, the fundamental forces of Nature, and the evolution of the early Universe. You will learn about the current knowledge and how today’s research in the field attempts to address some of the greatest mysteries in physics today: the nature of dark matter, the origin of antimatter, and the behavior of the gravitational force at the microscopic scale.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, you:

  • master basic quantum field theory concepts essential to particle physics, and know how symmetries and conservation laws lead to the equations of motion, to the fundamental forces, and to the classification of particles.
  • can apply Feynman diagrams and techniques, relativistic kinematics, and perturbation theory to study basic collision and decay processes.
  • know about the current theory of particle physics and understand the role of experiments to shape the standard model of electroweak and strong interactions.
  • know how particle physics explains the early Universe and its evolution.
  • know how the electroweak theory explains phenomena such as matter-antimatter asymmetry and mass generation.
  • cam explain how today’s research attempts to address mysteries in physics today, the nature of dark matter, the origin of antimatter, and the behavior of the gravitational force at the microscopic scale.
  • know about some new theories such as Supersymmetry and Grand unification, which propose to explain some of the shortcomings of today’s knowledge of the universe.

Admission to the course

Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.

Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.

Overlapping courses


The course is taught throughout the semester (90 hours in total):

  • 6 hours of teaching per week (lectures and demonstrations)
  • 2 hours of exercise every other week

This course has 3 compulsory assignments, where all 3 must be approved before you can take the final exam.


  • Final oral exam which counts 100 % towards the final grade.

3 mandatory assignments must be approved before you can take the final exam.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed exam at the beginning of the next semester.

New examinations are offered at the beginning of the next semester for students who do not successfully complete the exam during the previous semester.

We do not offer a re-scheduled exam for students who withdraw during the exam.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) May 20, 2022 11:13:12 PM

Facts about this course


If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for ordinary lectures to take place. If less than four students participate, an exam will be given, but one should not expect ordinary teaching.

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