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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 the course, you are expected to:

  • 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 behaviour 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 .


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

3 credits overlap with FYS4560 – Elementary particle physics (discontinued)


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

3 compulsory exercise sets to be delivered,  where all 3 must be approved to be able to take part in the final exam.


3 compulsory exercise sets must be approved to be able to take part in the final exam.

Oral final exam.

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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

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

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)