FYS9170 – Relativistic Quantum Field Theory

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Course content

This course provides an introduction to quantum field theory as one of the cornerstones of modern physics, and how it inevitably emerges from combining quantum mechanics with special relativity. The focus is on how to quantize both bosonic and fermionic fields. Quantum electrodynamics will be covered in detail.

Learning outcome

After completing this course, you:

  • can quantize classical fields and will know how to describe both fermionic and bosonic particles in relativistic quantum mechanics.
  • have learned how to construct theories that describe interacting quantum fields.
  • know how to derive the Feynman rules for e.g. quantum electrodynamics, and how to use those to calculate cross sections and decay rates in lowest order perturbation theory.
  • can calculate radiation corrections to simple processes in quantum electrodynamics, and have basic knowledge about regularization and renormalization.
  • have learned to present the fundamental principles of quantum field theory, and solutions to problems, in a clear and pedagogic way to fellow students.
  • can study a selected, advanced topic in quantum field theory and present to fellow students.

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

It is highly recommended that you have previous knowledge from the following courses:

Overlapping courses


The course extends over a whole term with the following teaching per week:

  • 4 hours of lectures
  • 2 hours of group exercises

An essential part of the course are problems, about one set per week, which the students prepare at home and discuss during the group exercises.

A mandatory assignment in the middle of the semester must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

In addition, it is mandatory to prepare and give a one-hour lecture about an advanced topic in quantum field theory. This mandatory lecture must be approved before you can sit the final exam.


  • Final written exam which counts 100 % towards the final grade

This course has mandatory exercises that must be approved before you can sit the final exam.

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: FYS4170 – Relativistic Quantum Field Theory

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English. You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. 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) July 7, 2022 12:13:43 AM

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.

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)