Quantum Field Theory 1 (MP651)    (Autumn 2019)

Note: Details on the assignments and on the material covered appear on the Weekly Schedule.


Class meets

Course content and prerequisites

We will roughly follow the overview and learning outcomes posted on the university's official webpage for this course.
A more accurate Weekly Schedule will appear gradually as the course evolves.

It is expected that you have previously taken courses in quantum mechanics and special relativity (and basically all courses that would be standard in a B.Sc. in Theoretical Physics)

Note that this coure is the first of a pair of modules in Quantum Field Theory.
For a preview of the follow up course in SPring 2020, you may want to consult the university's offical page for
Quantum Field Theory 2 (MP652)


It is ill-advised to try to learn Quantum Field Theory from a single book. There are many books and it is more or les universally agreed that consulting multipe books is necessary for most people to gain a reasonable unverstanding. Nevertheless it is useful to have one book as a guideline to keep track of what we have covered. For this purpose, we will use the following book:

# Title:Quantum Field Theory
# Author: Mark Srednicki.

You will need this book so please make sure you have access to a copy.

There is a webpage for Srednicki's book which points to places where you can buy it and which also helpfully distributes a free pdf of a prepublication draft of the text and a list of errata.

Other books

There are many, many other books on Quantum Field Theory.
For example: Some books that are more focused on condensed matter (not recommended as your first QFT textbook) A discussion on many of these and more online can be found on Stack Exchange .

Exam and Continuous Assessment

There will be an examination which counts for 90% of the mark.
There will also be exercises. It will be essential to do them if you want to have any chance to pass the exam.
Some of them will be marked for credit, 10% of the overall mark.


As with all courses in theoretical physics, you can only really learn the subject by practising it yourself. (Also, you could substitute "enjoy" for learn in the previous sentence and it would still be true). To aid this process, there will be a number of assignments and weekly tutorials.


If you have questions, comments or suggestions for the lectures and the webpage (maybe you don't like green :)), then please send us an email. We can't promise to make everybody happy, but we will try.