Particle Physics has been one of the most important disciplines in twentieth-century physics, making a substantial contribution to our understanding of the intimate structure of matter. In addition it has served as the driving force behind essential technological advances such as the large facilities that are necessary for development (including the particle accelerators at CERN, the product of major international partnerships).
The two fundamental building blocks that have supported the process of learning and discovery in Particle Physics are Quantum Mechanics and Einstein's Theory of Relativity, which were in turn supported by Mathematical Physics. Today, this cluster of knowledge, together with Einstein's theory of gravity (General Relativity), is allowing an unprecedented development of cosmology- the study of the origin and evolution of the Universe. This discipline has created its own environment of large facilities, including both ground-based telescopes and satellite-mounted telescopes which, as in the example of CERN, have been made possible through important international collaboration.
The proposed Masters program is interested in a candidate with research qualities and this should be considered when applying for a place on the Program. The Program will introduce the successful candidate to a body of knowledge obtained at the frontier of current scientific knowledge. However it should be noted that the disciplines involved, due to their universal importance and social relevance, generate substantial government investments in technology, leading ultimately to an unusually large use of Research and Development.