A UCL Physics PhD provides evidence of the type of problem-solving skills which are an ideal qualification for a further career in research or the wider job market. UCL Physics and Astronomy is one of the top departments in the UK for graduate study (RAE).
Our large number of international collaborations provide opportunities to work with an international team, including at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, the Dark Energy Survey (DES) in Chile, and at the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble.
A PhD in Physics provides a wide variety of high-quality training in areas which are in great demand by future employers. A high degree of mathematical ability is always required and students learn how to apply this in innovative ways, modelling realistic physical systems. An advanced level of computer literacy, including programming in common languages, is frequently developed.
Many doctorates also involve a significant degree of "hands-on" work, such as building, repairing and maintaining equipment. This variety of disparate skills leads to Physics PhD students being in particular demand and finding employment in many different areas of work within and outside the academic world.
Graduate students whose interests are more theoretical also have ample opportunities to gain experience overseas thanks to a wide variety of international collaborations, some aimed at the foundations of quantum theory and the development of future quantum technologies, others at fundamental atomic and molecular physics or computational materials science.
Our recent MPhil/PhD graduates have often chosen to stay within academia as postdoctoral researchers at institutions at a variety of locations, both within and outside the UK, including some of the post prestigious institutions worldwide.
Some have become researchers at related organisations such as national laboratories, or moved into industrial research.
A significant number have also begun work in the financial sector for influential companies such as Deutsche Bank and PricewaterhouseCoopers and some into software research and development.
- Astrophysics and atmospheric physics (Astro)
- Atomic, molecular, optical and positron physics (AMMOPP)
- Biological Physics (BioP)
- Condensed matter and materials physics (CMMP)
- High energy particle physics (HEP)
- 36 months
- 60 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
- The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.
DisciplinesPhysics Astronomy & Space Sciences View 65 other PhDs in Physics in United Kingdom
- A minimum of an upper second-class UK integrated Master’s (MSci or MPhys) degree in a relevant discipline, or an undergraduate degree followed by an MSc in a relevant discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
- An upper second- or first-class UK Bachelor’s or equivalent may be considered in special circumstances.
International25730 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 25730 GBP per year during 36 months.
National5690 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 5690 GBP per year during 36 months.
- UK: £2,845
- International: £12,850
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