Research course

Nonlinear Physics

The University of Manchester · School of Physics and Astronomy
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

For PhD: A minimum of a 2i class UK honours degree or overseas equivalent is required. For MSc by Research: The standard academic entry requirements for a Masters programme (either taught or research) will be a Lower Second UK honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant science or engineering discipline.

Months of entry

January, September, July, April

Course content

Our research is concentrated on the experimental and theoretical studies of the physics of fluid flows and liquid crystals. This is essentially a study of the properties of isotropic and anisotropic fluids. We work to various length scales. These range from the microscopic, with a focus on liquid crystal phases including the effects of particles and nano-structures, to macroscopic non-linear effects such as chaos, turbulence and pattern formation in fluids and granular matter. The experimental work we conduct is linked with our theory via collaboration with mathematicians from the Manchester Centre for Nonlinear Dynamics.

Information for international students

Overseas applicants need to provide satisfactory proof of English language. For example, TOEFL individual written test score of 5.0, and overall total 570 (paper based); 230 (computer based); 90 (internet based) or IELTS 6.5.

Fees and funding

There are a number of funding opportunities for PhD students, including scholarships, industrial sponsorships, and Research Council studentships. Please contact the School for further details.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Officer
0161 306 3673
0161 275 4297