Particle physics

  • Years2 years
  • ECTS credits120


Objectives and content

Particle physics tries to understand the smallest building blocks of nature and the forces acting between them. The research is typically carried out in large international collaborations like CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) and both studies and research is aimed at supporting the building, operation and analysis of experiments at such collaborations.

The master program offers analysis of experimental data in particle physics, which gives practical experience in handling and creating meaning out of large amounts of data. The development and testing of hardware for use in experiments also include data analysis, in addition to first-hand experience with high-tech electronics. Both the experimental and theoretical work is carried out in an international research community and the students are exposed to collaboration in large international projects. The master program trains the student in critical examination of the ideas of oneself and others, in both written and oral presentations.

What you Learn

Learning Outcomes

After a completed master's degree in particle physics the candidate should have:


  • be able to account for the basic building blocks of matter
  • be able to account for the particles and interactions of the Standard Model (the extent will depend on the specialization of the master¿s thesis).
  • explain selected experimental methods and measurements techniques in particle physics
  • show that one has advanced knowledge in particle physics at a good level, and specialized insight in a smaller area connected to the master degree project


  • carry out an independent, limited research project under supervision, but with a large degree of independence and own initiative, and in coherence with good ethical conduct
  • manage and present scientific data, discuss precision and accuracy and use programming tools to analyse and process data
  • analyse problems in particle physics and discuss ways to explore these with the aid of theory and experimental methods
  • orient oneself in the scientific community and collect, analyse and utilize necessary knowledge and tools needed to carry out a research project
  • analyse and critically evaluate scientific sources of information and apply these to structure and formulate reasoning and new ideas within particle physics
  • analyse, interpret and discuss own results in a scientifically sound and critical way, and in light of data and theories within his/her own field

General knowledge

  • be able to analyse scientific problems in general and participate in discussion about different ways to address and solve problems
  • give good written and oral presentation of scientific topics and results
  • communicate scientific problems, analyses and conclusions within particle physics, both to specialists and the general public
  • be able to reflect over central scientific problems in his/her own work and other people's work
  • demonstrate understanding and respect for scientific values like openness, precision and reliability

How to Apply

Admission Requirements

This programme is available for citizens from the European Union/EEA/EFTA.

Follow these links to find the general entry requirements and guidelines on how to apply:



Who may apply

The Master's Programme in Physics, specialization Particle Physics, is not offered to applicants from outside the European Union/EEA and Switzerland.

For more information about the application procedure for students residing in Norway (with Norwegian ID-number) please see:


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About the programme

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Department of Physics and Technology

Study section: studie.fysikk@uib.no

Department of Physics and Technology: http://www.uib.no/en/ift