Research course

Ultracold Atoms

University of Nottingham · School of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in physics, mathematical physics or mathematics, or a joint degree containing substantial elements of mathematics or physics.

Months of entry


Course content

The ultracold part of the Midlands Physics Alliance targets cutting-edge interdisciplinary research at the rapidly evolving interface between cold atom, condensed matter, and optical physics. It joins more than 15 research groups in theoretical and experimental cold atom physics in a strategic partnership between the Universities of Birmingham, Nottingham, and Warwick. A milestone was the 2007 initiation of the Midlands Ultracold Atom Research Centre (MUARC) in the Schools of Physics and Astronomy at the Universities of Birmingham and Nottingham with a £9m EPSRC/HEFCE-funded Science and Innovation Award to create a world-class centre for cold atom research.

MPA ultracold builds on, and integrates with, the large established programmes in condensed matter physics, nanoscience, and cold atom/condensed matter theory thus producing a step change in the UK's capacity for research innovation across these fields.

The vision of MPA ultracold is to create a critical mass of cold-atom related knowledge to take full benefit of cross-field synergies and efficiently cover the full range from fundamental physics to high-profile applications.

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Information for international students

English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Physics and Astronomy web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0) 115 951 5559