Research course

Department of Physics

Imperial College London · Department of Physics

Entry requirements

Honours degree (2nd class) in Physics or similar discipline, or equivalent qualification. A Masters level qualification (MSc, MSci, MPhys degree etc) is normally required to enter a PhD programme. Proficiency in English.

Months of entry

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Course content

The department provides facilities in 9 research groups. The diversity of research activity and breadth of postgraduate training in physics is unique in the UK. Currently about 215 students are registered for the PhD.

Department specialisms

Astrophysics; Condensed Matter Theory; Experimental Solid State Physics; High-Energy Physics; Photonics; Plasma Physics; Quantum Optics and Laser Science; Space and Atmospheric Physics; Theoretical Physics

Information for international students

College requires applicants to have taken an English Language test and achieved an acceptable grade or score before admission can be confirmed. For more details see

Fees and funding

EPSRC, STFC, NERC, industry, EU.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
68 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Ms Loli Sanchez
020 7594 7512
020 7594 7777