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Nuclear Physics, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #20 (QS) Edinburgh, United Kingdom
We have established an enviable reputation for producing impactful work and sought-after graduates. The Nuclear Physics group from The University of Edinburgh boasts the greatest breadth of expertise in the UK, which creates a research environment that allows for diversity, collaboration and a high level of understanding of the field as a whole.
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Overview

Our experimental research includes studies to identify both the baryonic and non-baryonic constituents of the universe, the influence of nuclear reactions on stellar explosions, and the quark substructures of hadrons.

The main areas of our research include:

  • photonuclear research
  • exotic nuclei
  • nuclear astrophysics
  • silicon detector devices
  • dark matter research

Career opportunities

Research degrees in Nuclear Physics from The University of Edinburgh have taken many of our graduates into international appointments. Recent alumni have taken research positions at international universities and labs including UCLA, Boston University, TRIUMF, and the universities of Michigan and Munich.

The quality of the degree is very well recognised, and a significant asset to any academic or commercial employer.

Detailed Programme Facts

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    We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. 

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Our students undertake experimental research, often in small collaborations. You will be encouraged to become involved in all aspects of the experiments, including design, construction, implementation, data analysis and presentation of results.
  • We have an in-house development programme of advanced particle and photon detection systems and state-of-the-art simulation software and analysis techniques. Much of this has been made possible by our work with commercial company Micron Semiconductor.
  • Another recent collaboration, with Imperial College and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, aims to establish the first direct evidence of non-baryonic dark matter.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    92

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in physics or a related discipline.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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  • Home/EU fees have still to be agreed.

Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

  • Research Council Studentships
  • Research scholarships for international students
  • Principal's Career Development PhD Scholarships

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