Entry requirements

A First or Upper Second class degree in physical science or engineering, or an equivalent overseas qualification, or a Lower Second plus a good Masters degree (distinction normally required). Students are initially registered for a PhD with probationary status and, subject to satisfactory progress, subsequently confirmed as having PhD status.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Our PhD research programmes provide opportunities for experimental, theoretical or computational research in subjects such as nuclear/radiation physics, astrophysics, photonics, soft matter, quantum technologies and medical physics.

Surrey is a key contributor to the South-East Physics network of nine leading university physics departments (SEPnet) and you will be part of its graduate network (GRADnet), the largest postgraduate research school in England.

Our partnership (in collaboration with University of Strathclyde) with the National Physical Laboratory will enable you to become an expert in your specialism.

PhD students work closely with their academic supervisors, and typically with other students and postdoctoral researchers.You share an office with other PhD students working in the same group.

Most areas of research are inter-disciplinary and the majority of students have opportunity to collaborate with scientists at universities, research establishments and in industry around the world.

Information for international students

Non-native speakers of English will normally be required to have IELTS 6.5 or above (or equivalent)

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The Faculty has a number of PhD studentships for suitably qualified UK and EU nationals who can demonstrate the appropriate residency requirements. Other funding opportunities also exist within different research centres.

Qualification and course duration


full time
30-48 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1483 681 681