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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PHYS5380M Quantum Field Theory

15 creditsClass Size: 48

Module manager: Dr Robert Purdy
Email: r.purdy@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

PHYS3543 and PHYS3382 are recommended

This module is not approved as an Elective

Objectives

At 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.

Learning outcomes
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.


Skills outcomes
- Ability to apply advanced mathematical methods to physical problems.
- Ability to grasp a complex body of ideas.


Syllabus

- Functional methods
- Classical field theory
- Canonical field quantisation
- Free and interacting quantum fields
- Perturbation theory
- Path integral quantisation
- Renormalisation

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture221.0022.00
Tutorial111.0011.00
Private study hours117.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

11 sets of problems for tutorials: 22 hours;
Reading and assimilation: 66 hours;
Examination preparation: 29 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Weekly discussion in tutorials on problems designed to reinforce and complement lecture material.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentCoursework15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)15.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 30 mins85.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)85.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 26/03/2019

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