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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

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 will:

  • 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
  • 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
  • explain how today’s research attempts to address mysteries in physics today, 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


6 hours teaching per week, in total 90 hours, including 2 hours exercises every other week, the remaining based on lectures and demonstrations.

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


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

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

Examination support material

Particle Data Booklet

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

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Nov. 24, 2020 5:12:08 AM

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