Research course


Open University · School of Physical Sciences

Entry requirements

PhD: Entry requirements vary according to the research topic and/or specific studentships. The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or masters degree, relevant to the proposed area of study, from a recognised higher education institution in the UK. You should also have experience of academic research in the previous four years, normally in the form of either a masters degree in research methods, an undergraduate degree with a research element in the final year, or work-related experience with evidence through research reports.

MPhil: Applicants should normally hold, or be expecting to obtain, a bachelors degree with at least first or upper-second class honours, or an equivalent qualification. However, entry requirements differ between academic areas, and sometimes a taught masters degree is also required.

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

Research in physics within the School of Physical Sciences falls into the following main research themes:

  • Cold atoms for quantum technology
  • Experimental and computational molecular physics
  • Molecular clusters
  • Physics education
  • Plasma science
  • Theory of condensed matter and biophysics

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Administrative Support
+44 (0)1908 858253