Research course

Physics

Institution
Swansea University · Department of Physics
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

We normally require a minimum of an upper second class Honours degree or equivalent in physics or a related field, or an appropriate Master’s degree with Merit. English language requirement IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or Swansea University recognised equivalent.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The Physics department is always keen to attract applications from highly motivated and suitably qualified candidates to undertake postgraduate research in the Department of Physics.

The two main research groups within the Department of Physics currently focus on the following areas of research:

Atomic, Molecular and Quantum Physics Group

  • Fundamental Atomic Physics
  • Condensed Matter and Material Physics
  • Analytical Laser Spectroscopy

This group comprises of academic staff, postdoctoral officers and postgraduate research students. Its work is supported by grants from EPSRC, the EU, The Royal Society, the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales and various industrial and government sources. There are two main fields of research: Atomic, Molecular and Laser Physics and Nanoscale Physics.

Particle Physics Theory Group

  • String theory, quantum gravity and the AdS/CFT correspondence
  • Lattice gauge theories, QCD
  • Supersymmetric field theory, perturbative gauge theory
  • Field Theory in curved spacetime
  • Physics beyond the standard model
  • Theoretical cosmology (NEW)

The group has fourteen members of staff, in addition to postdoctoral officers and research students. It is the fourth largest particle physics theory group in the UK, and is supported mainly by STFC, but also has grants from EPSRC, the EU, Royal Society and Leverhulme Trust. The group recently expanded by hiring two theoretical cosmologists (Ivonne Zavala and Gianmassimo Tasinato). There are five main fields of research: Quantum Field Theory, Strings, Lattice Field Theory, Beyond the Standard Model Physics and Theoretical Cosmology.

Information for international students

Since its foundation in 1920, Swansea University has embraced opportunities to think globally. The vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment. We understand the type of support our international students need to help them settle into student life in a new country.

Fees and funding

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out more about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page: www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MPhil

part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Physics Admissions Tutor
Email
physics-admissions@swansea.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1792 295720