Nuclear and Particle Physics

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content


Introduction into concepts and methods in nuclear and particle physics


Topics are introduced with key experiments. The course covers tools (accelerators, detectors), particles and nuclei and their substructure, symmetries and conservation laws, interactions (electromagnetic, weak, strong), electroweak theory of the Standard Model and QCD, nuclear models (quark model, liquid drop model, Fermi gas model, shell model, collective model) and Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student understands

  • concepts in particle and nuclear physics
  • key experiments in nuclear and particle physics


The student

  • have the capability of doing back-of-the-envelope calculations in a diversity of situations

General competence

The student develops further the skills to

  • critical thinking
  • be able to uncover "alternative facts" in public discussions

Semester of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Basic knowledge of minimum 60 ECTS in physics.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Mandatory attendance at first lecture
Forms of Assessment
Oral exam.
Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.