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 upper second-class honours, or a relevant postgraduate master's qualification.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

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.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Professor Walther Schwarzacher (Director of the Graduate School)
+44 (0) 117 928 8735