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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PHYS5380M Quantum Field Theory

15 creditsClass Size: 48

Module manager: Dr Robert Purdy

Taught: 1 Sep to 31 Jan (adv yr), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

PHYS3543 and PHYS3382 are recommended

This module is not approved as an Elective


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
At the end of this module, you should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles, building blocks, tools and concepts of QFT;
- demonstrate an understanding of some of the 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 your 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


- 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
Independent online learning hours22.00
Private study hours117.00
Total Contact hours11.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

- Reading lecture notes and recommended texts
- Solving problems

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular short exercises

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentMarked Assignments20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 30 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Students will have to complete an in-person exam at the end of the module. This will take place during the examinations period at the end of the semester and will be time bound. Students must submit a serious attempt at all assessments for this module, to pass this module overall.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:31:38


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