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01 Dec 2020

UCL Year 12 Particle Physics Masterclass

In 2020 we will hold two Particle Physics masterclasses:

We invite year 12 students and their teachers to come and find out about the exciting world of Experimental Particle Physics from one of the most active Particle Physics research groups in the country.

To apply

Please contact Mark Fuller (mark.fuller @ ucl.ac.uk) if you would like to apply for places. Initially places are limited to six per school, accompanied by one or more teachers, with two reserves who will be notified if additional spaces become available. Applications from individual students will also be considered.


The day will be a mixture of short talks by research physicists, discussion sessions and hands-on activities. You will have the chance to hear and ask questions about the Large Hadron Collider, the search for and discovery of the Higgs boson (thought to be responsible for the origin of mass), the properties of neutrinos (the tiniest elementary particles), and other topics at the forefront of Particle Physics research. You will use computers to study real particle collisions from the ATLAS experiment, and compare your results with students at other universities across Europe in a video conference led by scientists at CERN.

Provisional programme of the Masterclasses

09:00 - 09:30Registration/Welcome/Refreshments
09:30 - 09:45Introduction
09:45 - 10:15Lecture and Q&A session
10:15 - 11:30Hands-on exercises with particle physics data
11:30 - 12:00Lecture and Q&A session
12:00 - 13:00Hands-on exercises (continued)
13:00 - 14:00Lunch break (lunch not provided)
14:00 - 15:00Hands-on exercises (continued)
15:00 - 16:00Video conference with CERN and masterclass students in other countries
16:00 - 16:15Summary, Q&A

Educational material for students and teachers

If you are unable to attend the masterclass, you can still find some further information about particle physics on the international masterclass web site. You can even follow some of the exercises students carry out in the masterclasses.

Contacting us

The organisers of the Masterclass are:

  • Ben Waugh (b.waugh @ ucl.ac.uk)
  • Zara Grout (z.​grout @ ucl.ac.uk)
  • Mark Fuller (mark.fuller @ ucl.ac.uk)

This is one of a set of masterclasses arranged by the International Particle Physics Outreach Group.