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

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

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.

Subject Overview

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:

  • Accelerator Science and Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Medical Imaging
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Particle Physics

Subject Outline

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.

Completing a PhD research project takes dedication, good communication skills and team work. The qualification and skills you’ll gain will make you highly employable.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24-48 months
part time
48-84 months


full time
12-48 months
part time
24-72 months

Course contact details

PG Recruitment
+44 (0)151 794 5927