Physics and Astronomy (Nanoscale Physics Specialism), Ph.D.

Physics and Astronomy (Nanoscale Physics Specialism), Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 42 months
    Duration
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Our Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory – the first centre for nanoscience in the UK – is a world-leading player in nanoscience research, and has many links to experimental and theoretical groups in Europe and beyond, as well as to high tech companies.

About

Our Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory – the first centre for nanoscience in the UK – is a world-leading player in nanoscience research, and has many links to experimental and theoretical groups in Europe and beyond, as well as to high tech companies. 

The £2.5 million Nanoscale Science Facility and £3 million Centre for Advanced Materials house a suite of powerful tools to probe the physics and applications of nanoscale structures created in the lab. The Laboratory is also a key partner in the University's new bio-imaging centre. 

Physics on the nanometre-scale is dominated by quantum mechanics. The Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory is a world-leading player in three areas of nanoscience research:

  • Nanoclusters and nanoprobes
  • Molecular manipulation and assembly
  • Nanophotonics and nanofabrication

The field is now at a very exciting stage, where we can test fundamental physics ideas in finely controlled systems, while at the same time making the link to the life sciences, in particular molecular biology, and developing a new generation of devices based on nanoscale architectures. Typically we take on four PhD students per year. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 42 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • 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

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    80

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  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    169

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Academic Requirements

  • Attainment of an Honours degree (normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent) in a relevant subject awarded by an approved university, or
  • Attainment of an alternative qualification or qualifications and/or evidence of experience judged by the University as indicative of an applicant’s potential for research and as satisfactory for the purpose of entry to a research degree programme.

In addition:

  • Admission and registration for a research degree programme may be conditional on satisfactory completion of preliminary study, which may include assessment.
  • In some cases you will also need to have completed a Masters degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    19710 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19710 GBP per year and a duration of 42 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4195 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4195 GBP per year and a duration of 42 months.
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  • £2,098 UK/EU students, part-time

Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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