Entry requirements

Start Dates: 1 October, 1 December, 1 April, 1 July

Months of entry


Course content

The department consists of approximately 25 academic, research and technical staff and 20 research students, and provides an academically stimulating and supportive environment.

Our research is focused on condensed matter and quantum physics. Experimental facilities include pulsed laser deposition, atomic force microscopy, Raman scattering and X-Ray diffraction. The departmental Observatory has a 16-inch equatorially-mounted Meade telescope and other astronomical equipment.

Research Proposal

Applicants should give an indication of their general research field of interest, but are advised not to provide a detailed research proposal. If you have already made contact with a potential supervisor, please give details.

Department specialisms

Experimental Condensed Matter Physics; Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics; Surface Science; Quantum Information and Computing; Cosmology; Materials Physics and Applications; Nanoscience; Superconductors; Molecular Electronics.

Information for international students

UK-equivalent degree plus English language qualification required minimum of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 600/250. The University and Department provide a welcoming international atmosphere.

Fees and funding

EPSRC, University, ORS and European.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Office
+44 (0) 1509 228292