2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
PHYS5380M Quantum Field Theory
15 creditsClass Size: 48
Module manager: Dr Robert Purdy
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Pre-requisite qualificationsPHYS3543 and PHYS3382 are recommended
This module is not approved as an Elective
ObjectivesAt the end of this module you should be able to understand, explain and apply to simple problems all the basic principles, building blocks, tools and concepts of QFT.
Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles, building blocks, tools and concepts of QFT;
Demonstrate an understanding of most fundamental laws and principles of physics,
Solve advanced problems in physics using appropriate mathematical tools;
Use mathematical techniques and analysis to model physical behaviour and interpret mathematical descriptions of physical phenomena;
Communicate complex scientific ideas concisely, accurately and informatively;
Manage own learning and make use of appropriate texts, research articles and other primary sources.
- Ability to apply advanced mathematical methods to physical problems.
- Ability to grasp a complex body of ideas.
- Functional methods
- Classical field theory
- Canonical field quantisation
- Free and interacting quantum fields
- Perturbation theory
- Path integral quantisation
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||117.00|
|Total Contact hours||33.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Private study11 sets of problems for tutorials: 22 hours;
Reading and assimilation: 66 hours;
Examination preparation: 29 hours.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackWeekly discussion in tutorials on problems designed to reinforce and complement lecture material.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||15.00|
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||2 hr 30 mins||85.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||85.00|
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 26/03/2019
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