• Offered by Research School of Physics
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Physics, Theoretical Physics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Giorgio Busoni
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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This course is a core component of a Master degree in Theoretical Physics. It is intended for an advanced study of the theory of quantum fields, including quantization of scalar and spinor fields, renormalized perturbation theory, Feynman diagrams, renormalization group and spontaneous symmetry breaking. The course also contains basics of the theory of non-abelian gauge fields, which describe strong interactions of elementary particles.  The theory is developed in a systematic manner, incorporates methods of quantum mechanics, special and general relativity and provides various examples, ranging from basic classification of elementary particles to non-perturbative techniques in quantum field theory. The course therefore allows students to tie together and contextualise a number of concepts that they have learned throughout their undergraduate studies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Understand quantization of scalar and spinor fields and the structure of quantum vacuum.
  2. Use functional integrals for perturbation theory in quantum field theory.
  3. Apply renormalization and regularization in quantum field theory.
  4. Understand of spontaneous symmetry breaking.
  5. Describe quantum electrodynamics and non-abelian gauge theories.
  6. Develop critical thinking and problem-solving abilities with application to a diverse range of practical problems in quantum field theory, spanning from elementrary particle physics to modern theories of unified interactions.
  7. Communicate and explain concepts in quantum field theory to an audience of their peers.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 6 quizzes (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. 4 assignments (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Final exam (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Research topic presentation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

• Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lectures per week and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week.

• Approximately 82 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

Prerequisite: PHYS6201 Quantum Field Theory (or PHYS3201 if taken in an FVDD) Prerequisite/co-requisite: PHYS8301 Applied Mathematical Methods in Physics

Prescribed Texts

M.Peskin, D.Schroeder, ``An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory", ISBN 0-201-50397-2

Assumed Knowledge

Classical and quantum mechanics, classical electrodynamics, mathematical methods in physics, elements of group theory.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3070 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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