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, 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 work with the areas of physics required in the search for an explanation as to what the universe's smallest components were composed of in the first milliseconds after the Big Bang 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

Modern Particle Physics

Advanced Methods in Applied Statistics** Applied Machine Learning

Choose 1 of the following:

Elementary Particle Physics

Project outside course scope*

Choose 1 of the following:

General Relativity and Cosmology

Applied Statistics: From Data to Results

Particle Physics and the Early Universe

Choose 1 of the following:

Quantum Field Theory 1

Introduction to Signal Processing in Experimental Physics(new)

Project outside course scope*

Choose 1 of the following:

Fundaments of High-Energy Astrophysics and Particle Astrophysics

Project outside course scope*

Elective/ restricted elective course

Year 2


One block each year equals nine weeks of study and 15 ECTS.

* 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.