Entry requirements

First or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject.

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

Our research has a high international profile, in keeping with the University's position as a leading research institution in the United Kingdom.
We cover a wide spectrum of activities, from fundamental physics to technological applications. Our activities are organised into five Research Groups and University Research Centres:
See our PhD programme in Condensed Matter Physics (CMP-PhD+).
Our recent Physics graduates have gone on to further research or teaching in the UK, Europe, China and Japan and research posts in the UK, Germany, Italy, Japan and South Africa. Employers include the Met Office, BAE systems, Renishaw, and Fianium in the UK.
Research content
Studying Physics at Bath will not only teach you about the structure of physical law, but it will allow you to take part in its discovery.
The Department houses world-leading equipment for:
  • Fabricating and characterising photonic crystal optical fibres.
  • A Nanofabrication Facility for the production of nanoscale electronic and optical devices.
  • State-of-the-art UHV scanning probe microscopes in the Graphene Centre
We also have dedicated research officers managing our Material and Chemical Characterisation Facility (MC²).
Postgraduate students are offered a variety of practical training courses and are encouraged to attend international scientific meetings.
Go to our department research page to find out more about our research.

Information for international students

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

You will need to get your English language qualification within 24 months prior to starting your course.

If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.

Fees and funding

Find out more about funding opportunities at the University of Bath.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    36-72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Doctoral Admissions