Research course

Plasma Science

Open University · School of Physical Sciences

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 or equivalent in physics, chemistry or a related subject.

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

Non-equilibrium (cold) plasmas are used for a wide variety of technological applications. For the last four decades low pressure plasmas have been a key enabling technology for the semiconductor industry; plasma-based physical and chemical vapour depositions are also required to engineer surface properties including mechanical and chemical functionality. More recently cold plasmas at atmospheric pressure have been recognised as novel sources of bioactive radicals for sterilization therapy. In all these cases, the monitoring and control of plasma properties requires detailed understanding of the complex, multicomponent plasma environment. This fundamental approach is central to most of our projects.

Department specialisms

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Administrative Support
+44 (0)1908 858253