We have a long tradition of advancing discovery through distinguished research originating from the time of John Henry Poynting, the first Professor of Physics at Birmingham, whose work included the theory of the transfer of electromagnetic energy. Today, however, the School offers research projects across the breadth of the discipline: from nuclear and particle physics experiments at the large hadron collider at the smallest scales, to the role of dark matter at cosmological scales. In between, we cover areas of quantum matter in both experiment and theory which includes ultracold atomic gases, metamaterials, nanoscale physics and condensed matter. Our astronomers are renowned for work in astroseimology, gravitational waves and for extragalactic astronomy.
Research groups hold regular seminars with many distinguished external speakers and the vast majority of our research activity involves national or international collaboration, often with industrial partners. The School also hosts conferences and meetings on various research topics, bringing in leading scientists from around the world.
The students of Physics and Astronomy PhD from University of Birmingham work in research groups, typically of ten to 40 people with a high level of technical and academic support. Annual research income is over £7 million and 250 research publications are produced each year.
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Specialist research areas available in the School of Physics and Astronomy:
- Astrophysics and Space Research
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Molecular Physics
- Nanoscale Physics
- Nuclear Physics
- Particle Physics
- Positron Imaging
- Solar and Stellar Physics
- Theoretical Physics
- Ultra Cold Atoms
- 42 months
- 72 months
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DisciplinesPhysics Astronomy & Space Sciences View 66 other PhDs in Physics in United Kingdom
- Typically a first or 2:1 undergraduate degree.
International23580 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 23580 GBP per year during 42 months.
National4500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 42 months.
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