Research course

Plasma Science

Open University · School of Physical Sciences

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Entry requirements

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

Months of entry

February, October

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, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
      part time
      72 months
      • MPhil
        full time
        15 months
          part time
          24 months

          Course contact details

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