Research course

Plasma Physics

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

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)

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

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

September

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 and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MPhil

full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Name
Professor Matthew Zepf
Email
m.zepf@qub.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)28 9097 3123
Fax
+44 (0)28 9097 3997