Applied Physics, Ph.D.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    13350
    Tuition (Year)
    4200
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language

About

The  graduates have progressed to a variety of senior positions in industry and academia. Some of the companies and organisations where our former graduates are now employed include: Alcatel Submarine, BT Group, QinetiQ, Dolby Laboratories, Fujitsu, Royal Air Forces, and within our University and Imperial College, London. 

Our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering has an international reputation for outstanding teaching and research, in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008) 95 per cent of our computer science research was rated of internationally recognised quality, with 15 per cent rated as ‘world-learning’. 

We are one of the largest and best resourced schools in the UK. Our work is supported by extensive networked computer facilities and software aids, together with a wide range of test and instrumentation equipment. Our research covers a range of topics, from materials science and semiconductor device physics, to the theory of computation and the philosophy of computer science, with most of our research groups based around laboratories offering world-class facilities. Our impressive external research funding stands at over £4 million and we participate in a number of EU initiatives and undertake projects under contract to many outside bodies, including government and industrial organisations.

Our facilities

Our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering provides six laboratories exclusively for computing and electronic systems students. Lab sizes, typically 25 or more machines, allow one-to-one interaction between staff and students during scheduled classes. Our University is served by a Gigabit Ethernet LAN and you have free access to the internet, web and e-mail from all workstations. Our School has its own Gigabit backbone and standard network connectivity is 100Mbit/second. The specifications are kept up-to-date by renewing the machines on a rolling basis, and new systems are close to the highest specification possible at the time of purchase to cope with the computational demands of the latest application development environments. Two of our labs are open for 24 hours a day including weekends and you have free access to the labs except when there is a scheduled practical class in progress. Our labs are managed by an experienced and dedicated team of technical support staff who can assist you with most practical aspects of the curriculum - for example, advising on how to overcome programming problems. 

Accreditation

Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, University of Essex is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Essex offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Duration 36 months
    Part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The research activity and supervision for PhD Applied Physics is concentrated in the following principal research areas: optical and semi conductor devices, semiconductors: theory and experiment, photonics, design and construction of ultrafast systems for Terahertz studies and THz spectroscopy of molecules. Our cross-disciplinary projects draw on the expertise of our electronic engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians, physicists and psychologists. 

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

For research study within our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, we normally require a good honours or Masters degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. A well developed research proposal is also essential. 

However, if you do not have a Masters degree, we also offer a four-year integrated PhD, where your first year is spent doing a Masters before embarking on your research. This preparatory year ensures you develop your knowledge before embarking on your independent research.

If English is not your first language, then we will require you to have IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 13350 International
  • GBP 4200 EU/EEA

Funding

For up-to-date information on funding opportunities at Essex, please visit: www.essex.ac.uk/studentfinance.

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