CERN detector
Credit: CERN

International Masterclasses in Particle Physics 2024

15 - 18 Mar 2024
Secondary school events
Denys Wilkinson Building, Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Keble Road, Oxford OX1 3RH
Knowledge of physics?
Yes, knowledge of physics required
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This is an exciting opportunity for students to take part in an International Masterclass in Particle Physics. Students will learn more about Particle Physics with Oxford researchers and gain insight into topics and methods of research relating to matter and forces. They will perform measurements on real data from the LHCb experiment and participate in a video conference to discuss the results.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn how we use particle detectors at the Large Hadron Collider to explore the Universe.
  • Study the D0 particle and identify its signature in data from the LHCb experiment.
  • Work with Oxford particle physicists and join other students in a video conference with CERN to present the results.

The event will run on two days. Please choose from one of the following on the booking form:

  • Date 1: Friday 15 March 2024, 8.45am-4.30pm (in person)
  • Date 2: Monday 18 March 2024, 8.45am-4.30pm (in person)

There will be no online event this year.


The International Masterclass in Particle Physics is open to students aged 16-17 years who are:

  • In Year 12 (the first year of your A-level studies)
  • Studying Physics AND Maths A-level (or equivalent)
  • Enthusiastic about particle physics
  • Interested in pursuing physics at a higher level

Additionally, we may prioritise applicants from under-represented backgrounds. More information here

There are a limited number of applications available for this course. We may also cap applications from individual schools to five students to ensure we can open it up to more students who are particularly enthusiastic about particle physics.

Apply here

Please complete the application form via the link below. 

  • The application deadline is 23:59 on Mon 5th Feb 2024.
  • We will inform you no later than Thu 8th Feb if you have been allocated places.
  • You will then have until the Thu 22nd Feb to confirm your place.