Research course

Particle Physics

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

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2i class UK Masters honours degree or international equivalent is required. Or a first degree with an additional Masters degree or international equivalent.

Months of entry

January, September, July, April

Course content

The School of Physics and Astronomy at Manchester is one of the largest and most active schools of physics in the UK. We have a long tradition of excellence in both teaching and research, and have interests in most areas of contemporary research.

The School has a strong presence in a number of Manchester-based centres for multidisciplinary research: The National Graphene Institute, the Photon Science Institute; the Manchester Centre for Non-Linear Dynamics; the Dalton Nuclear Institute; and the Mesoscience and Nanotechnology Centre. In addition, the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire is a part of the School.

Strong research activity exists in a broad range of physics topics funded by the Research Councils including EPSRC, STFC, BBSRC, the EU and industry. All the research groups offer well-equipped laboratories and computing facilities and are involved in a wide range of collaborative projects with industry and other academic departments in the UK and overseas. For more information please visit our research page.

There is further information about available PhD projects in our Project Booklet

The postgraduate research environment is well funded and world-class as demonstrated by our ranking in REF2014. Supervision is provided by academic staff, who are leaders in their fields, with independent pastoral back-up. Transferable skills training is available and there are some school teaching opportunities.

Information for international students

IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in each sub-test

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of your course.

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements for your country .

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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

School of Physics and Astronomy
+44 (0) 161 306 3673
+44 (0) 161 275 4297