Research course

Particle 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, April, July, September

Course content

Particle Physics experimental research projects are all carried out with the purpose of investigating the sub-atomic structure of the universe. This is done at facilities in Geneva (ATLAS), Chicago (D Zero) and California (BaBar). Previous results from work undertaken at these sites indicate that they will witness new phenomena in the future. The BaBar project is currently active at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre. It is designed to study the violation of combined symmetry of change conjugation and parity (CP) in the heavy quark (b) system.

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
+44 (0) 161 306 3673
+44 (0) 161 275 4297