Advanced Quantum Mechanics - PHYS7770

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 7 15 (7.5) Sam Carr checkmark-circle


Quantum mechanics is the theoretical basis of much of modern physics. Building on the introductory quantum theory studied in earlier stages, this module will review some key foundational ideas before developing more advanced topics of quantum mechanics and quantum field theory.


Contact hours

Contact hours: 30
Private study hours 120
Total study time 150 hrs

Method of assessment

Assignment 1, 15% (2 hours)
Assignment 2, 15% (2 hours)
Final exam, 70% (2 hours)

Indicative reading

C. Auletta, M. Fortunato, G. Parisi, Quantum Mechanics, Cambridge University Press, (2009).
S McMurry, Quantum Mechanics, Prentice-Hall (1993)
F. Mandl Quantum Mechanics, John Wiley. (2012)
P. Strange: Relativistic Quantum Mechanics, Cambridge University Press, (1998).
F. Mandl: Quantum Field Theory, John Wiley, (2010)
L. H. Ryder, Quantum Field Theory, Cambridge University Press, (1998).

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Display knowledge and understanding of physical laws and principles in Quantum Physics, and their application to diverse areas of physics at an advanced level.
Display an ability to identify relevant principles and laws when dealing with problems in Quantum Physics, and to make approximations necessary to obtain solutions at an advanced level.
Display an ability to solve problems in Quantum Physics using appropriate mathematical tools at an advanced level
Display an ability to use mathematical techniques and analysis to model physical behaviour in Quantum Physics at an advanced level.
Display an ability to solve advanced problems in physics using appropriate mathematical tools, to translate problems into mathematical statements and apply their knowledge to obtain order of magnitude or more precise solutions as appropriate.
Display an ability to present and interpret information graphically at an advanced level.
Display an ability to make use of appropriate texts, research-based materials or other learning resources as part of managing their own learning at an advanced level.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Display problem-solving skills, in the context of both problems with well-defined solutions and open-ended problems. Numeracy is subsumed within this area.
Display analytical skills – associated with the need to pay attention to detail and to develop an ability to manipulate precise and intricate ideas, to construct logical arguments and to use technical language correctly.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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