Research course

Theoretical 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 2nd UK honours degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant science or engineering discipline.

Months of entry

January, September, July, April

Course content

At present the Theoretical Physics Group includes eleven permanent members of academic staff, three postdoctoral research associates, twelve PhD students and a few visitors. The work of the Group is currently supported by research grants from various agencies, including the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the European Union (EU) and NATO. Research within the Theoretical Physics Group is done (mainly) in the following areas: Condensed Matter Physics; Statistical Physics; Nuclear and Subnuclear Physics; Quantum Optics and Mesoscopics; Biological Physics.

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


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

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