Research course

Nuclear Physics

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

Entry requirements

For PhD: An Upper-Second Honours degree or better, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant science discipline. For MSc by Research: A Lower-Second Honours degree or better, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant science discipline.

Months of entry

January, April, July, September

Course content

Nucelar Physics research is focused on aspects of nuclear structure found in short-lived nuclei which lie away from the region of nuclear stability. A major part of the research involves techniques of gamma-ray spectroscopy. These experiments use the large gamma-ray detector arrays such as EUROBALL and EXOGAM (Europe), and GAMMASPHERE (USA). The group has a strong connection with the cyclotron laboratory in Jyvaskyla in Finland which, in particular, hosts the Manchester-Birmingham IGISOL-laser facility. The present research covers four themes: Nuclear Spectroscopy of Nuclei With Low Production Rates; Laser Spectroscopy of Radioactive Isotopes; Fission-fragment Spectroscopy; Properties of Isomers.

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


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Officer
0161 306 3673
0161 275 4297