Accelerator Science MSc 2017-18

About the course

Whether it's medical or scientific research, consumer product development or national security, particle accelerators touch nearly every part of our daily lives. Today, there are more than 30,000 particle accelerators in operation around the world and the number is still growing.

As well as probing the fundamentals of nuclear and particle physics, accelerators have many other uses, including generating neutrons for studying the structure of many types of condensed matter, making photons for X-ray diffraction, and producing short-lived isotopes for imaging.

However, this technology is being held back because of a lack of qualified staff. All over the world, the expertise to operate, design and build accelerators is in short supply.

Developed in collaboration with industry and supported by our internationally renowned expert staff, this course aims to expand your skills to meet the needs of industry. With our support you will have the opportunity to develop the key practical skills and expert knowledge required to succeed in organisations which build accelerator systems, components, or are researching future developments and applications of these vital machines.

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


1 year full-time

Entry requirements

An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in Engineering, Physics, or a similar subject, such as Mathematics or an equivalent professional qualification.

For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.


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Course content

The six modules of the course are taught using problem-based learning achieved through undertaking short computer-based projects with fully supported hardware, software, documentation and local expertise. The core modules cover the fundamental techniques and tools of accelerator science including:

Beam Dynamics

This module aims to provide you with a systematic understanding of the behaviour of charged particles in cyclic accelerators, and their simulation using MATLAB and MAD.

Electromagnetic Fields for Accelerators

This module aims to provide you with a systematic understanding of Electromagnetic fields as used in accelerator science, and of the COMSOL computer package.

Control and Diagnostics

This module aims to give you a systematic understanding of how computers are used to monitor and control accelerators, using the LabView computer package.

Beam Interactions with Matter

This module aims to provide you with a systematic understanding of the interactions between energetic particles and matter, and the simulation of them using the GEANT4 program.

Statistics for Accelerators

This module aims to provide you with a systematic understanding of statistical techniques used in accelerator science, and of the standard statistics computer language ‘R’.

Research Methods and Communication

This module aims to provide you with a wide knowledge of publication accelerator science, and of the standard scientific word processing language LaTeX.

Accelerator Laboratory

This module aims to provide you with hands-on experience performing a series of short practical laboratory experiments in several different areas of accelerator science and technology.

The final element of your Masters will be an individual research project which you'll write up as a dissertation. You may choose from a wide range of potential projects.


The overall aim of the project is to train you in experimental or theoretical methods in accelerator science through undertaking a project involving active research: building or developing apparatus, designing new components, or analysing data.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this course are well placed to move on to a variety of positions in the accelerator science industry.These may include posts in leading national laboratories, within accelerator users; such as hospitals and semi-conductor manufacturers and posts with manufacturers of accelerator components and systems.

Graduates of this course could also continue their interest by pursuing a research degree in the area of accelerator science. If you are interested in finding out more about the research opportunities that are available in this exciting are visit

Teaching and assessment

In the six project based modules you will work individually on short intensive computer-based projects, with full resources provided. There are no examinations and your projects are assessed as you do them.

The practical nature of the course means many short laboratory experiments and getting acquainted with the subject in a hands-on way. You will learn about magnets, RF power transmission, beam deflection and focusing, electronic signal measurement, and a wide range of other techniques using modern equipment. This will give you a real feel for what goes on in an accelerator system, to give a foundation for your work.

The laboratory modules are also assessed in session, marks are gained for successfully completed tasks. The research project is assessed through your written dissertation, a presentation and a poster.

47% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.


Our facilities include access to the UK Medium Energy Ion Scattering facility, MEIS. The experimental station comprises four interconnected UHV systems; the scattering chamber, the preparation chamber, the storage chamber, and the loading chamber. The chambers are fitted with sample heating facilities, an impressive range of professionally equipped laboratories for engineering. In addition, you will have access to computing laboratories and desk space.

For more information on these facilities visit

Who will teach me?

Our academic staff are all members of the International Institute of Accelerator Applications (IIAA), with extensive teaching experience as well as expertise in many areas of accelerator physics research.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £5,100 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are interested in studying with us on a part-time basis, please visit our Fees and Finance pages for part-time fee information.

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Other information

Our international students are an important part of our community and we are confident you will quickly feel at home. We have over 85 nationalities represented and are committed to increasing this in both numbers and diversity. Additionally, Huddersfield is a lively multicultural town with an array of international communities.

Further study

Our research courses involve in-depth study of a specific field across the engineering discipline. If you wish to undertake longer term, highly focussed research, we offer a number of flexible routes to PhD. For more information see


If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.

If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC) or you can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.

If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.

How to apply

For more information on how to apply, please contact:

Admissions and Marketing Office School of Computing and Engineering Queensgate Huddersfield West Yorkshire HD1 3DH Tel. 01484 473116 Email.

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant. For more information see the Research section of our website.

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