Particle Physics Theory

tools of theoretical physics


The Particle Physics Theory Group performs world class research on fundamental particles and their interactions. We are interested in phenomena that can be probed at current and next generation particle colliders, such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), SuperKEKB, and International Linear Collider (ILC). We use our current model of particle physics, the Standard Model, to make predictions that can be tested by our experimental colleagues. We also examine models of exotic new physics beyond the Standard Model.

In particular, we focus on the behaviour of the strong force as described by Quantum Chromodynamics, both at high energies (via perturbation theory) and at low energies (via lattice QCD); the physics of the Higgs boson; and models beyond the Standard Model such as supersymmetry, extra dimensions, and little Higgs. More information is available in the Research section.

Career Opportunities

If you are considering postgraduate study and would like to learn more about opportunities in Particle Physics Theory at Glasgow, please take a look here: Join Us

To apply for an externally funded post-doctoral research fellowship, e.g. via the STFC or a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and would like our support, please contact a member of our Academic Staff.


We are part of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA), funded by the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council. The particle physics theme promotes enhanced collaboration beetween the theory and experimental groups in Glasgow and Edinburgh, with a joint training programme for graduate students and regular physics meetings.

We are members of the international HPQCD collaboration, utilising STFC's integrated supercomputing facility DiRAC to perform world-leading HPC-based research on lattice gauge theory. We also work with the California Lattice (CalLat) collaboration, using one of the most powerfuld supercomputers in the world (Summit, maintained by the US DOE at Oak Ridge National Laboratory) to calculate fundamental properties of the nucleon relevant to neutrino experiments (including DUNE and T2K), direct dark matter searches, and resolving the current tensions in experimental measurements of the proton charge radius and the neutron lifetime.