Research course


University of Sussex · School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in physics. Applications are also encouraged from students of other disciplines, for example mathematical physics, chemical physics or materials science.

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

  • PhD in Physics
  • MPhil in Physics

Our research lies at the forefront of fundamental physics – ranging from quantum information processing, quantum optics and cold atom physics through a programme of top-rated particle physics experiments to the theoretical understanding of space, time and matter.

You’ll be guided and supervised through your research project by experts in their fields. You’ll work in a department with a truly international character, with collaborations in Europe, North America, South East Asia and Australia.

Our research interests:

  • Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
  • Experimental Particle Physics
  • Materials Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Quantum Sensing and Ultracold Gases
  • Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies
  • Theoretical Particle Physics

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
£4,195 per year
International students
£18,750 per year

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:

Qualification and course duration


full time
24-48 months
part time
36-72 months


part time
24-48 months
full time
12-36 months

Course contact details

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