Research course


University of Liverpool · Department of Physics

Entry requirements

Candidates applying for a PhD/MPhil by research require a first class or good second class Honours degree from a British university or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

By pursuing your PhD here you’ll not only get to explore fundamental physics using state-of-the-art technology. As a full member of our research groups you’ll also be part of a large multinational collaboration, living and working at an international research facility in the UK or overseas.

Typically we welcome around 15 PhD students each year onto our full-time study programme. This generally takes 3 to 4 years to complete and requires you to submit a thesis, which is examined orally and must be on an original topic relevant to one of the following fields:

During your first year you’ll attend specialist courses provided by research-active staff members in each of our research groups. These will bring you up to the level required for frontline international research.

Additional courses, provided by the University Graduate School, will cover general research, presentation, and other transferable skills - and there are summer schools funded by the Research Councils that fund our work.

We’ve excellent facilities here in Liverpool, but most of our PhD students spend one to two years at international and national research facilities in Europe, America or Japan. Many present their work at international conferences and in scientific journal publications.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

PG Recruitment
+44 (0)151 794 5927