Study Towards a PhD

We have a vibrant post-graduate programme, focused on the research PhD degree, which normally lasts three years, and culminates in a thesis written by the student which is examined at the end of the programme. Possible PhD topics include all research areas pursued by our staff.

During a PhD, the student meets head-on the challenges of doing original scientific research. The goal is to develop the student's originality, initiative and independent thought, by means of a research project in a cutting-edge area of physics. The normal duration of the PhD program is three years, but in some cases it can last up to four years for particular programmes.

The entry requirements are a first-class or upper second-class degree by a British university, or equivalent qualifications. The research project must be in one of the areas in which our staff is active. When you apply, you must indicate which area of physics interests you, and suggest possible supervisors from our staff.

How to Apply

The processing of applications for a Taught Masters Programme or a Research Degree within the College of Physical Sciences is dealt with by the Graduate School Admissions Unit. The unit works closely with Academic Selectors, one for each of the taught programmes, and with the Research Postgraduate Co-ordinators, one in each discipline, who decide if an offer of a place should be made.

The unit can give you advice up to the point that you start your studies, including queries about:

  • entry requirements
  • the application process and other procedural matters
  • availability of funding

If you wish to apply for a specific PhD studentship we would ask that you make informal contact with the named supervisor before applying.