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

  • Application Deadline
  • 42 months
    Duration
University rank #79 (QS) ,
The Particle Physics Group is involved in diverse present and future experiments at particle accelerators operating at the highest available energies, in order to determine the ultimate structure of matter and to study the fundamental forces of nature with this Physics and Astronomy (Particle Physics Specialism) from University of Birmingham.

About

The Birmingham nuclear physicist colleagues are the only UK group which is involved in the LHC programme of heavy ion collisions, studied with the ALICE experiment. ALICE is expected to observe and study the quark-gluon plasma, a state of matter that is thought to have existed in the very early universe in which particles such as protons and neutrons 'dissolve' into their constituent quarks and gluons.

Beside LHC experiments, we are also searching for new physics in very rare strange particle decays and for processes that violate Lepton Flavour Universality through our work on the fixed target NA62 (formerly NA48) experiment using the CERN SPS accelerator. Rare processes are sensitive to contributions of virtual new particles (in a mass range of up to 100 TeV) entering the respective Feynman diagrams, and thus provide stringent tests of new theories and an important testing ground for the Standard Model.

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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • 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

Our LHCb group studies rare decays of particles containing the beauty quark, and the search for new physics beyond the Standard Model. At LHCb we also study Charge-Parity violation and matter-antimatter asymmetry, which relates to the matter-antimatter imbalance in our Universe. 

Looking at a more distant future, we are heavily involved in LHC upgrades and looking at future possibilities for electron-proton collisions using the LHC proton beam (LHeC project).

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

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).

  • Typically a first or 2:1 undergraduate degree.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    21420 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21420 GBP per year and a duration of 42 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4320 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4320 GBP per year and a duration of 42 months.
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£2,160  UK/EU students, part-time

Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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