Research course


University of Kent · School of Physical Sciences
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

A first or second class honours degree in Physics or Chemistry. We will also consider applicants with degrees in computer science, electronics, biochemistry or other closely related disciplines.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.

Months of entry


Course content

Research degrees may be undertaken in the three main areas of research interest in the Laboratory. The growing number of academic staff are supported in their research by the technical staff and post-doctoral research fellows.

We make every attempt to allocate you to a supervisor directly in your field of interest, consistent with available funding and staff loading. When you apply, please give specific indications of your research interest – including, where appropriate, the member(s) of staff you wish to work with – and whether you are applying for a studentship or propose to be self-funded.

The School offers postgraduate students the opportunity to participate in ground-breaking science in the realms of physics, chemistry, forensics and astronomy. With strong international reputations, our staff provide plausible ideas, well-designed projects, research training and enthusiasm within a stimulating environment. Recent investment in modern laboratory equipment and computational facilities accelerates the research.

Department specialisms

Applied Optics Group (AOG): Optical Sensors, Biomedical Imaging/Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT). Forensic Imaging Group (FIG). Functional Materials Group (FMG): Amorphous and nanostructioned Solids, Soft Functional Material, Theory and Modelling of Materials. Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Science (CAPS).

Information for international students

Please see our website for English Language requirements.

Fees and funding

Please refer to the University's Postgraduate Scholarships and Loans web pages.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months
part time
60-72 months


full time
24 months
part time
36 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Physical Sciences
+44 (0)1227 823759
+44 (0)1227 827558