Research course


University of Surrey · Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Entry requirements

A First or Upper Second class degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent overseas qualification, or a Lower Second plus a good Masters degree.

Months of entry


Course content

As a Nuclear EngD ‘research engineer’, you will be based 75 per cent with an industrial sponsor and 25 per cent within the Department of Physics. The Surrey Nuclear EngD has an integrated Diploma in Management and a range of taught, specialist technical modules at postgraduate level, in areas including Nuclear and Atomic Physics, Nuclear Instrumentation, Radiation Detection and Nuclear Experimentation.

Nuclear EngD research projects are co-supervised by a Surrey Physics academic and an industrial supervisor.

Research themes

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

Research areas

  • Astrophysics
  • Experimental nuclear physics
  • Theoretical nuclear physics
  • Radiation detector physics
  • Cement science
  • Biological physics
  • Medical imaging
  • Magnetic resonance imaging of porous media
  • Physics of elastomers
  • Polymer coatings
  • Carbon nanotubes and graphene
  • Quantum optics
  • Quantum information processing
  • Photonic materials and devices
  • Spintronics

You can discover more about our research by visiting our departmental pages.

Research facilities accessible to Physics PhD students at the University of Surrey include:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging laboratories
  • Laser laboratories
  • Soft matter laboratories including microstructural (AFM and Raman), mechanical, optical (ellipsometry and spectroscopy), electrical and thermal characterisation facilities
  • Low temperature, high magnetic field and high pressure characterisation laboratories
  • Dedicated ultra-fast-laser laboratory
  • Chemical synthesis laboratory
  • Electrical and optical characterisation laboratories
  • Access to an electron microscopy suite (SEM and environmental SEM)
  • Access to a focussed-ion-beam facility
  • Class 100 clean-room facility for the development of nanotechnology
  • High performance computers for advanced mathematical modelling
  • Full support from dedicated teams of technical and IT support staff

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

For external students, the EngD programme is funded principally by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the University of Surrey and our sponsoring organisations. Research Engineers receive a stipend of around £19,600 per annum, normally tax-free.

Academic fees, expenses and conference fees are covered by the UK EPSRC Nuclear EngD consortium.

In addition to the stipend, the option also exists for suitably qualified candidates already employed within the UK nuclear and radiation science industries to register for the course and continue to work full-time with their employer.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 686 783