Physics beyond the Standard Model

Module PH2195

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

PH2195 is a semester module in German or English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • General catalogue of special courses
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for nuclear, particle, and astrophysics

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 40 h 5 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2195 is Martin Beneke.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


  • The Standard Model of particle physics (SM) and its shortcomings
  • Motivations for physics beyond the SM
  • Direct and indirect tests of the SM
  • Supersymmetric extensions of the SM
    • Introduction to the SUSY formalism
    • MSSM phenomenology
  • Composite Higgs models
    • Radiative electroweak symmetry breaking
    • Composite Higgs phenomenology

Learning Outcome

At the end of the course, students

  • are able to explain the shortcomings of the Standard Model and the motivations to extend it
  • understand the basic concepts of supersymmetry and Higgs compositeness as well as their phenomenological implementation
  • are able to start reading original literature on model building and phenomenology
  • have an overview of well motivated new physics models and the current status of new physics searches


Quantum Field Theory 1 (required)
Quantum Field Theory 2, Elementary Particle Physics 1 & 2 (beneficial)

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 2 Physik jenseits des Standardmodells Straub, D.
Leitung/Koordination: Beneke, M.
Mittwoch, 10:00–12:00

Learning and Teaching Methods

no info


Blackboard, possibly supplemented with slides.


  • Theory and phenomenology of sparticles: An account of four-dimensional N=1 supersymmetry in high energy physics. 
    By M. Drees, R. Godbole, P. Roy. Hackensack, USA: World Scientific (2004)
  • A Supersymmetry primer. 
    By Stephen P. Martin. [hep-ph/9709356]. In Kane, G.L. (ed.): Perspectives on supersymmetry II 1-153.
  • eference to original publications during the course of the lecture.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In an oral exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as a written test. In this case the time duration is 60 minutes.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the semester.

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