University of Portsmouth Featured Masters Courses
University of Portsmouth Featured Masters Courses
Full time September MRes One year

About the course

Particle physics has been at the centre of some of the 21st century's biggest scientific discoveries. Researchers in Sheffield have worked on the discovery of the Higgs boson and the detection of gravitational waves, and they are involved in searches for dark matter and ground-breaking neutrino experiments.

This one-year masters course is designed to teach you the concepts that help us understand the universe, and give you the practical skills to run experiments that put complex theories to the test. It's a research-based degree, so you will spend around half your time on your own research project, working alongside experts here in Sheffield or at another lab where our scientists work, such as CERN.

Course structure

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Entry Requirements

For this course, we usually ask for a first class undergraduate degree, or equivalent, in physics or a related subject. We can also accept qualifications from other countries. You can find out which qualifications we accept from your country on the University's webpages for international students:

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If you have not already studied in a country where English is the majority language, it is likely that you will need to have an English language qualification. We usually ask for:

International English Language Testing Service (IELTS): Overall grade of 6.5 with 6 in each component.


Up-to-date fees can be found on the University of Sheffield's webpages for postgraduate students: Please see the university website for further information on fees for this course.

Course Content

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Student Profile(s)

Jack Hall

"Your project can be on basically anything the department researches, so I chose to do my work within the ATLAS collaboration at CERN. The department has so many areas that contribute to ATLAS research, from detector upgrades to extended Higgs sector and supersymmetry searches."

Freya Bottom

"I worked at CERN where I was a technical student testing the optical data links for the particle detector upgrades. I did radiation tests on the devices, and some days I would be simulating the semiconductor devices and radiation damage they would experience in the detectors."

Josh McFayden

"I am currently working as a CERN Fellow on the ATLAS experiment. Right now I am convener of the ATLAS Physics Modelling Group. The group is responsible for producing the most precise and accurate possible simulations of what we expect Large Hadron Collider collisions to look like."

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