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Physics Postgraduate Courses 2021/22

Here we briefly describe the postgraduate courses offered by the different research sections within the Department of Physics. Students from one section are encouraged to attend courses from another section if they think that they will be useful for their research.

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Course Director: Prof Carlton Baugh

Overview of the Postgraduate Course for Astronomy and Astrophysics


  • Stellar populations
  • Stellar structure
  • Galaxy clusters
  • Black holes
  • High-z universe
  • Gravitational lensing
  • Milky Way
  • Active Galactic Nuclei
  • Cosmology
  • Large-scale structure
  • Interstellar medium / intergalactic medium (+workshop)
  • Stellar dynamics
  • Galaxy formation
  • Simulations & modified gravity
  • Astrostatistics

Timetable: Link to follow

Quantum Light and Matter (previously Atomic and Molecular Physics)

Course Director: Dr Kevin Weatherill

Overview of the Postgraduate Course for Quantum Light and Matter


Advanced Instrumentation

Course Director: Dr Kieran O'Brien

Overview of the Postgraduate Course for Advanced Instrumentation

General Information

Overview of research areas in

  • Introduction to Numerical Methods and Algorithms
  • Introduction to Data Analysis
  • Introduction to Machine Learning
  • Optical Design
  • Mechanical design
  • Practical opto-mechanics
  • Software engineering
  • Data interfacing
  • Systems engineering and project management
  • Optical detection
  • Adaptive optics
  • Further research tools (scientific writing, critical evaluation)

Centre for Material Physics

Course Director: Dr Nicholas Bristowe

This PG-level course aims to expose diverse cohorts of students to a broader range of materials physics and to provide some essential PG training. Our CMP modules are therefore based on one or more of the following:

  • Introductory topical overviews of a materials physics sub-field
  • Experimental and theoretical methods within materials physics
  • PG skills (soft and technical)

Specific courses in 2021/22 include:

  • Data Analysis
  • Electronic Structure Theory
  • Dielectrics, Ferroelectrics, Multiferroics and Related Materials
  • Molecular biophysics: concepts and examples
  • Signal Acquisition
  • Understanding and Presenting Research Outputs: Papers, Talks & Posters
  • Symmetry: Point and Space Group Theory: Applications in Physics and Chemistry
  • Scattering techniques to characterise materials
  • Complex Oxides and their interfaces/surfaces in nanostructures

Centre for Particle Theory

Course Director: Dr David Cerdeno

Course details and timetable

  • Introductory field theory
  • Group theory
  • Standard model
  • General relativity
  • Quantum electrodynamics
  • Quantum field theory I & II
  • Cosmology I
  • Supersymmetry
  • Conformal field theory
  • Quantum chromodynamics
  • Cosmology II
  • Strings
  • Non-perturbative physics
  • Flavour physics and effective field theories
  • Neutrino physics
  • Astroparticle physics
  • Renormalization group
  • Higgs phenomenology
  • Amplitudes
  • Computing for physicists