Research course


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

Entry requirements

PhD:A minimum of a 2i class UK honours degree or overseas equivalent is required. in a relevant science discipline. 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

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 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, 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.

Department specialisms

Biological Physics; Condensed Matter Physics; Nonlinear and Liquid Crystal Physics; Nuclear Physics; Particle Physics; Photon Physics; Theoretical Physics. Please contact the School for further details.

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), 90 (internet based) or IELTS 6.5.

Fees and funding

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

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months
part time
72-96 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Officer
+44 (0) 161 306 3673
+44 (0) 161 275 4297