Research course

Soft Matter and Liquid Crystals

The University of Manchester · School of Physics and Astronomy
MSc by researchPhD

Entry requirements

For entry in 2014/15, the standard academic entry requirements for a Masters research programme will be a Lower Second UK honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant science or engineering discipline.

Months of entry


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, PPARC, 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.

Information for international students

IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in each sub-testTOEFL iBT overall score of 90 with no less than 22 in each sub-test.TOEFL overall score of 570 with TWE OF 5.0.

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
42 months

Course contact details

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