Particle Physics Masterclasses

Next event: 3rd - 6th February 2015

The 2015 series of Masterclasses at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory will take place during four separate days on 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th February 2015. This will be the 18th 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.

In 2014, we welcomed 51 schools from all over southern England. These included:

Particle Physics Master Class students tour
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Cranleigh, Simon Stock, Kingston C, Clayesmore, Shootershill, Wallingford, Portsmouth High, Lord Wandsworth, Herschel Grammar, Burford, Windsor Girls, Hampshire Collegiate, King Edwards, Abbeywood, Bradley Stoke, St Gabriels, D'Overbroecks, St Edwards, Bacons College, Wilmington Academy, Tormead, Hartpury, Peter Symonds, Bartholomew School, Pangbourne, Rooks Heath College, Heathland School, Sir William Borlase, All hallows Catholic School, Bradfield, Radley College, Bishop Wand CofE, New Hall School, Blessed George Napier, Wycliffe, College, Kendrick School, Bedford Modern, Greenacre, Northampton High, St John's Marlborough, Langley, Faringdon Community, Stonar, Denstone College, Park House School, Cleeve School, John Bentley School, George Abbott School, RGS Worcester, Sydenham High School, Croydon College.

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

Risk assessment form (PDF - link opens in a new window) for schools (2012).

Photographs from previous events are also available.

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

Key facts

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.

Lectures from the 2013 Masterclasses

Exercises / demonstrations from our previous Masterclasses

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



For general information, please contact:

For bookings, please contact:

Lauren Mowberry
Tel: +44 (0)1235 445789
Fax: +44 (0)1235 446665


Prof. Glenn Patrick
Tel: +44 (0)1235 445343
Fax: +44 (0)1235 446733


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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Particle Physics Master Class Students
Particle Physics Master Class Students
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Particle Physics Master Class Students Tour
Particle Physics Master Class Students Tour
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