Research course


University of Bristol · Department of Physics
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

A first degree in Physics or a related subject, normally at a level equivalent to at least UK honours 2:1 level, or a relevant postgraduate Master's qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

Physics, with its concern for understanding the universe at a fundamental level, lies at the heart of scientific discovery. The School of Physics at Bristol has made major contributions to the field including the discovery of the pi meson (Nobel Prize in Physics, 1950) and fundamental advances in quantum mechanics. Researchers within the school explore physics at all scales, from the cosmological to the sub-nuclear, including strong activities in nanoscience and condensed matter physics. The graduate school is an integral part of the School of Physics and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of graduate training, both in academic skills and more generic transferable skills.

Prospective PhD and MSc by Research students are encouraged to contact potential supervisors before making an application, although this is not compulsory. Applications that identify the research group of greatest interest from those listed below will also be accepted.

Information for international students

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The school provides financial support for PhD students from a number of sources, including research councils, industry and scholarships. For further details, see the School of Physics website.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Briony Maitland Postgraduate Student Administrator
+44 (0) 117 928 8735