Quantum Physics: Study Track - High Energy Physics

The High Energy Physics study track forms part of the Quantum Physics specialisation. You can also design your own study track by choosing elective or restricted elective courses other than the ones proposed here.

The smallest components of the universe and the very first moments of its existence can be studied at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Geneva, Switzerland, where a 27 km long underground particle accelerator operates at extremely high energies similar to those immediately after the Big Bang. We furthermore conduct research into neutrinos at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory on the South Pole.

You will have the opportunity to work with the areas of physics required to search for an explanation as to what the universe's smallest components were composed of in the first milliseconds after the Big Bang 14 billion years ago and what forces connected them.

In the table below, you can find the elective and restricted elective subjects which we propose you take to focus your specialisation on high energy physics:

Block 1 Block 2 Block 3 Block 4
Year 1 Advanced Quantum Mechanics Elementary Particle Physics Particle Physics Phenomenology

Choose 2 of the following:

Particle Physics at the Energy Frontier

Particle Detectors and Beams

Project outside course scope*

Elective/ restricted elective course

Choose 1 of the following:

General Relativity and Cosmology

Project outside course scope*

Applied Statistics: From Data to Results

Choose 1 of the following:

Advanced Methods in Applied Statistics**

Year 2 Thesis

* You can only do one project outside the course scope worth 7,5 ECTS-points during your MSc programme.
** You can take this course as an elective course. Please note that you can only choose two elective courses in total.