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PH5004   Quantum Field Theory

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 11

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Normally only taken in the final year of an MPhys or MSci programme involving the School

Planned timetable: 2.00 pm Thu, 3.00 pm Tue, Fri (TBC)

This module presents an introductory account of the ideas of quantum field theory and of simple applications thereof, including quantization of classical field theories, second quantization of bosons and fermions, the failure of single particle interpretation of relativistic quantum mechanics, solving simple models using second quantization, Feynman's path integral approach to quantum mechanics and its relation to classical action principles, field integrals for bosons and fermions, the relationship between path integral methods and second quantization, and a descriptive introduction to Green's functions and Feynman diagrams.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Pre-requisites, but not the co-requisite, are compulsory unless you are on a taught postgraduate programme. . Before taking this module you must pass PH3012 and pass PH3061 and pass PH3062 and pass 1 module from {PH4038, MT4507} and pass 1 module from {PH4028, MT3503}

Co-requisite(s): You should also take PH5002 or take PH5012

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 lectures or tutorials.

Scheduled learning hours: 32

Guided independent study hours: 118

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 85%, Coursework = 15%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 85%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 15%

Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment, capped at grade 7

Additional information from school

Please see also the information in the School's Handbook for Honours modules available via This link also gives access to timetables for the modules.


Module coordinator: Dr J M J Keeling
Module teaching staff: Dr J Keeling