Research course

Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

Queen's University Belfast · Centre for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics - CTAMOP

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

Research Strategies:

Major developments include:

  • Strong field laser interactions with atoms and molecules, especially attosecond sources
  • Quantum information processing, Quantum entanglement and Quantum optics
  • Quantum phase transitions and superfluidity in dilute Bose-Einstein condensates
  • Electron scattering by very complex targets such as the Iron Peak elements, of considerable importance in Astrophysics, and by Rydberg atoms
  • Foundations of quantum mechanics
  • Antimatter interactions with atoms and molecules, particularly cold antihydrogen tests of fundamental physical laws

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


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Professor Mauro Paternostro
+44 (0)28 9097 1907
+44 (0)28 9097 3997