Particle Physics Masterclasses
22 Feb 2011







Next event: 4 - 7th March 2014

The 2014 series of Masterclasses at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory will take place during four separate days on 4, 5, 6, and 7th March 2014. This will be the 17th year we have run these events.

Further details can be found below about this and previous Masterclasses to give you a flavour of what happens on the day.02EC2011 Particle Physics Master Class.jpg (111225 bytes) 02EC2012 Particle Physics Master Class.jpg (125612 bytes) 02EC2017 Particle Physics Master Class.jpg (88147 bytes)

In 2013, we welcomed 45 schools from all over southern England with around 650 participants. These included:

Clayesmore School, Weston Sixth Form, Wallingford School, Radley College, European School Culham, Desborough College, Stonar School, Royal Latin School, Blundell's School, Blessed George Napier School, Rooks Heath College, Bartholomew School, Heathland School, D'Overbroeck's College, King Alfred's College Wantage, Henley College, Dauntsey School, John O'Gaunt Community Technology College, Reeds School, The Piggott School, Bradfield College, Cleeve School, Cokethorpe School, Cranleigh College, Hampshire Collegiate School, Shooters Hill Campus, Park House School, Pangbourne College, Bloxham School, John Bentley School, The Harvey Grammar School, King Edward VI College, Mander Portman Woodward School, Pate's Grammar School Cheltenham, Standbridge Earls School, Abingdon School, Poole High School, Bulmershe School, RGS Worcester, Bellerbys College, Guildford High School, Cirencester College, Portsmouth High School and Hartbury College.

The 2012 programme, along with a number of photographs from the 2010 Masterclasses are available.

Risk assessment form for schools (2012).

Photographs from previous events are also available.


Lectures from the 2013 Masterclasses should appear here after the event

  • A Very Brief Guide to Accelerators - Glenn Patrick (pdf) 
  • Fundamentals of Particle Physics  - Bill Scott 
  • The Large Hadron Collider - Benjamin Radburn-Smith
  • Applications of Accelerators - Rob Edgecock
  • Dark Matter - Sophy Palmer

Exercises / demonstrations from our previous Masterclasses

Details of some of the computer exercises and demonstrations can be found below:


Other Resources


Further information

General information

These events are primarily intended for those students taking modules which include particle physics at 'A' or 'AS' level, but are also open to any physics student or teacher interested in studying or teaching the subject. The Masterclasses will consist of a mixture of talks given by researchers in the Particle Physics Department, hands-on practical sessions and visits to experimental facilities.



The very first Masterclass at RAL was held in 1998 when we entertained 114 students from ten different schools. Our popularity increased and in the year 2000 we attracted over 200 students and separate Masterclasses had to be organised over two days to cope with the numbers! This demand continued in 2001 with attendance having to be restricted to 245 students from 19 schools.  In 2002 we adopted a three day format and routinely entertained 500 students each year for the next ten years. In 2012, we went to a four day format and accommodated approximately 700 participants.

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One of a set of Masterclasses organised by the High Energy Particle Physics Group of the Institute of Physics throughout the UK.