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Unit Overview


This unit builds on a solid foundation of mathematics and physics established at the undergraduate levels in Physics and develops some of the major elements of modern theoretical physics at an advanced level. This unit is an introduction to Quantum Field Theory, including a pedagogical discussion of the Standard Model of Particle Physics. The general aim of this unit is to introduce students to various fundamental aspects of Quantum Field Theory, the mathematical framework that underpins the Standard Model of Particle Physics. Topics include: representations of the Lorentz and Poincare groups; scalar, spinor and vector field theories; canonical and path-integral quantisation; the Standard Model of Particle Physics.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Physics [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]

Students are able to (1) communicate central ideas and concepts involved in quantum field theory; (2) explain the relationships between the physical principles that apply in quantum field theory; and (3) solve advanced problems in theoretical physics in the context of quantum field theory.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments and (2) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Sergei Kuzenko
Unit rules
Enrolment in
53560 Master of Physics
or HON-PHYSC Physics
or HON-MTHST Mathematics and Statistics
or CM015 Bachelor of Science Frontier Physics and Master of Physics
and Successful completion of
Major(s) MJD-PHYSC Physics or equivalent
Contact hours
Lectures: 3 hours per week.
Tutorials: 1 hour per week.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.