Reflections on the MSc in Particle & Nuclear Physics

Student Emily Pender

As Emily Pender starts her PhD, she reflects on why she applied to study the MSc in Particle and Nuclear Physics, and how this degree has helped prepare her for her research project.


I chose to apply to Edinburgh because of its reputation as both an excellent University and because of the developments following the discovery of the Higgs Boson in 2012. I was enrolled on an integrated Masters degree (combined Masters and Bachelors degree) at my previous University, but as I knew I wanted to end up specialising in particle physics, I thought it would be more beneficial to undertake the Masters in Particle and Nuclear Physics at the University of Edinburgh than continue studying a generalised physics degree. Continue reading “Reflections on the MSc in Particle & Nuclear Physics”

‘Sanduleak 69’ shine bright during the Modern Physics quiz

Winning team during pub quiz

There was fierce competition during the third annual mid-semester pub quiz held for students studying the year 2 Modern Physics course. The 12 teams battled it out with questions on physics, astronomy, general knowledge and movies, as well as a fun picture round.

Well done to all the competing teams, and congratulations to the winning team ‘Sanduleak 69’, who were presented with chocolates, wine and a winner’s certificate.

So, let’s see how you get on:

Physics: Particles moving in a medium faster than the local speed of light emit what?

Astronomy: What did Didier Queloz and Michel Mayer discover in 1995 that led to their Nobel Prize this week?

Movies: Draw the rebel alliance logo.

General knowledge: What is the national animal of Scotland?

Did someone say haggis…..?