Basic Module

  • ECTS

    24 Credits

  • Period

    October - January

Basic Module


This module aims to provide students with the essential concepts and tools common to physics of the cosmos and particle physics.


Statistics and Data Analysis (6 ECTS)
Study of the probability distributions most frequently used in physics; error treatment and error propagation; detection methods, hypothesis testing; maximum likelihood fits to a given model; Monte Carlo simulations.
Programming in a Scientific Environment (3 ECTS)
Introduction to Linux OS; object-oriented programming; programming in a scientific environment; use of numeric libraries to solve scietific problems; simulations.
Physics of the Cosmos (6 ECTS)
General vision of our universe, with special attention in the physical processes which govern its evolution and structure formation; thermal history of the universe, including aspects such as inflation, nucleo-synthesis, decoupling and re-ionization; key aspects of gravitation and general relativity; typical mechanisms of radiation-matter interactions.
The Standard Model of Particle Physics (6 ECTS)
General vision of the current understanding of elementary particle physics; unified description of the constituents of matter and the fundamental forces through which they interact; Standard Model theory and experimental results which support it.
Frontier Reserch in Astrophysics and Particle Physics (3 ECTS)
Seminar-oriented discussions about topics of special relevance in the field of particle physics and physics of the cosmos, in which an internationally recognized expert exposes in some detail a particular aspect of ongoing or recent research. More information, including the content of several of the talks, can be found in the following links:
IFCA web page: Frontier Research master seminars
Past seminars: talks and videos

    Master in Particle Physics and
    Physics of the Cosmos

Instituto de
Física de Cantabria

Consejo Superior
Investigaciones Científicas

Universidad de Cantabria