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General Relativity And Cosmology


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Learning aims & outcomes

The aim of this optional course is to provide a first treatise on general relativity and cosmology, as a prerequisite for those students who would like to continue further studies in mathematical or theoretical particle physics.

The structure of the course is aimed at the mathematically advanced students, and skills in mathematics are essential, given that a substantial part of the course deals with tensors and other advanced mathematical concepts, such as elements of differential geometry. Some techniques used in this course, such as Lagrange equations, are also taught in greater detail in other third year courses, such as mathematical methods. 


  • Mathematical tools for handling curved space
  • Metric
  • Geodesics 
  • Principle of equivalence 
  • Experimental confirmations 
  • Cosmology 
  • Robertson-Walker solution 
  • The Big Bang 
  • Einstein’s field equations 
  • Schwarzchild solution 
  • Observed effects 
  • Black holes


Assessment details

Written Exam (3 hours) May/June 100%