Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Course content

The course provides a basic introduction to group theory, representations, and their Lie algebras. The Poincaré algebra and its supersymmetric extensions are discussed, as well as Weyl spinors, N=1 supersymmetry, superspace and superfields, supersymmetry breaking, renormalization group equations, the hierarchy problem, GUTs, vacuum energy, the Lagrangian of the MSSM, R-parity, radiative EWSB and Higgs bosons, the mass spectrum of the MSSM, Dark Matter candidates, Feynman-diagram calculations, the search for sparticles at colliders and in precision test, current bounds and searches before we ultimately look at some variations on the MSSM.

Learning outcome

The course give a basic introduction to the algebraic origin of supersymmetry as an extension of Special Relativity. The students should be able to understand research papers dealing with the phenomenology of supersymmetric particles and supersymmetric model building, and be able to interpret current and future experimental results from searches for supersymmetry. They should understand the fundamental arguments in favor of supersymmetry at low energies, and the problems that the theory faces. They should be able to carry out calculations in perturbation theory of supersymmetric particle production, scattering on ordinary matter, annihilation and decay.

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.

FYS3500 – Introduction to Nuclear and Particle Physics or equivalent is recommended as a minimum background in particle physics. Having followed FYS4555 – Particle Physics would be an advantage. Students are also recommended to either have previously taken FYS4170 – Relativistic Quantum Field Theory, or to follow it in the same semester.

Overlapping courses


The course will be taught over a whole semester with 4 hours of lectures per week.


  • Project assignment which counts 30 % towards the final grade
  • Final oral exam which counts 70 % towards the final grade

To pass the course, both the project assignment and the final exam must be passed.

When writing your exercises make sure to familiarize yourself with the rules for use of sources and citations. Breach of these rules may lead to suspicion of attempted cheating.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: FYS9190 – Supersymmetry

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

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) Dec. 8, 2022 12:15:25 PM

Facts about this course


Every other autumn semester.

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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