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The PhD is the internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, typically three to four years full-time. You would undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of one or more academic members of staff. Your supervisory team provides guidance both in the selection of a research topic and in the conduct of the research. You are also supported by attendance at a postgraduate seminar series to develop subject specific knowledge and research skills relevant to the physical sciences. The degree is assessed solely on the basis of the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis which must be "defended" in a viva. During the course of the degree, you would expect to present your work at major conferences and in refereed research publications.

PhD programmes are up to 4 years (full-time); 8 years (part-time).

Why choose this programme?

  • An internationally recognised research qualification
  • Developing advanced subject expertise at postgraduate level
  • Develop research skills through practice and extensive research experience
  • Employers are looking for high calibre graduates who can demonstrate independence through research

Teaching methods

The School of Physics, Astronomy and Mathematics has an international reputation for conducting high quality research, and its staff occupy positions on many national and international professional bodies. Postgraduate students account for a substantial part of the School's research effort, demonstrating the quality of the research standards in the School and the importance with which the School views the development and training of its postgraduate research students.

Entry requirements...

An honours degree (normally at least 2:1 or above) in an appropriate discipline. IELTS entry requirement is normally 6.5, TOEFL 550 (213 CBT) or equivalent for those for whom English is not their first language.

Students on a time-limited visa applying for this programme must apply for an ATAS certificate before a CAS can be issued. Please be aware that this process will take a minimum of 20 working days and can take up to several months during busy periods. You can apply for an ATAS certificate up to 6 months before you intend to start the programme. Click here for more information.

Find out more about International entry requirements.

Programme fees

Dates

2018

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2019

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2020

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01/09/202031/07/2021Apply online (Part Time)
01/10/202031/07/2021Apply online (Part Time)
01/11/202031/07/2021Apply online (Part Time)
01/12/202031/07/2021Apply online (Part Time)
01/01/202131/07/2021Apply online (Part Time)
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