Research course

Plasma Physics

Queen's University Belfast · Centre for Plasma Physics - CPP

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Entry requirements

A research degree offers you the opportunity to develop your research skills and prove yourself as a researcher. Queen's is committed to the enhancement of research training and teaching and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study. The following postgraduate research study routes for this subject area are:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

Mode of study/Duration

Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil/MD (or part-time equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

The research strategies of the Centre for Plasma Physics involve identifying and responding to the major contemporary issues within ionised matter physics, exploiting synergy derived from a close integration of experimental, theoretical and simulation studies, with major activities in laser- and electrically-produced plasmas, ultra-fast atomic and molecular physics and the interaction of ionising radiation and plasmas with biological systems. There is also activity in transferring our research findings into the industrial and medical sectors.

Research strengths

The Centre currently comprises 14 academic staff, 9 research fellows and 30 PhD students, with research strengths in:

  • Very hot dense plasmas, x-ray lasers, warm dense matter, particle acceleration, shock waves and free electron lasers.
  • Molecular quantum dynamics: ultrafast processes, molecular dynamics and ion interactions
  • Physics: life sciences interface ionising radiation and plasmas interactions, biological systems for advanced therapy, intervention and diagnostics
  • Ultra-intense optical lasers
  • Cool, non-thermal plasmas, initiation, energy transport, instabilities and plasma chemistry

Information for international students

Full details can be found on the Queen's University website.

Fees and funding

Applicants should refer to the relevant School's website for information. Details may be found here.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Professor Matthew Zepf
+44 (0)28 9097 3123