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 & Astronomy is one of the top departments in the UK for graduate study (RAE). The Physics and Astronomy programme is offered by University College London (UCL).
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.
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.
The wide variety of training afforded leads to a high degree of employability in many different areas.
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.
Programme StructureResearch areasOur research extends over all the mainstream branches of physics and astronomy, and is organised into five major groups:
- 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
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DisciplinesPhysics Astronomy & Space Sciences View 17 other PhDs in Astronomy & Space Sciences 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.
International24250 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 24250 GBP per year during 36 months.
Overseas: £12,120 (PT)
Living costs for London
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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