Nuclear and Particle Physics

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Nuclear and Particle Physics

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit examines the microscopic universe from the nucleus down to the fundamental particles and forces from which matter is built. Some current theories of particle physics will be introduced, along with applications of nuclear physics such as chain reactions and medical applications. Theory will be complemented with experimental laboratory work. The unit synthesises previous study in the course including mathematics and classical and quantum mechanics to  develop advanced scientific experimental, communication and report writing skills.

    Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this unit, you will provide evidence of

    1. Quantitative and qualitative scientific analysis of concepts of nuclear and particle physics.
    2. The collection and analysis of data using scientific equipment.
    3. Critical reasoning and problem solving techniques (using data acquired or provided) to evaluate results.
    4. Communicating scientific arguments by producing written scientific reports incorporating visual representations of scientific concepts and numeric data, including the generation of graphs, individually and in groups.


    This unit covers theory and applications of nuclear and particle physics. Atomic nuclei will be investigated, and you will learn about the structural models of the nucleus such as the liquid drop model and shell models. Nuclear decay, fission, fusion and interactions will be examined at the mechanistic and theoretical levels, along with detectors used in nuclear physics.

    The Standard Model, the currently accepted model of subatomic physics, will be examined. Topics will include subatomic particles and their properties as well as their interactions through the four known fundamental forces. 

    We will also look at some current theories of physics beyond the standard model, such as string theory, loop quantum gravity and others. 

    The theoretical background will be complemented by the coverage of applications of nuclear and particle physics, such as chain nuclear reactions, accelerators and biomedical applications of nuclear science and technology

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