Plasma Physics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    15100
    Tuition (Year)
    5500
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language

About

A plasma is created when the energy content of a material is increased to allow and sustain ionisation of the constituent atoms or molecules. The energy input can be in many forms: thermal, chemical, photonic, electrical or nuclear.

Interactions of the electrically charged particles with each other, the neutral gas and contact surfaces produces the unique physical and chemical plasma environment:

  • excites atoms and molecules producing light (applications e.g. lighting, x-ray lasers)
  • dissociates molecules producing chemically reactive species ( applications e.g. micro and nano electronics, textile industry and medicine)
  • can generate extremely large electric fields (applications e.g charged particle acceleration for medical diagnostics and therapies)
  • can generate very hot matter at extremely high densities (applications e.g. energy (nuclear fusion), laboratory astrophysics)

Accreditation

Officially accredited/recognized by the Privy Council, Queen's University Belfast (QUB) is a large (enrollment range: 20,000-24,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Queen's University Belfast (QUB) offers courses and programs leading to officialy recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The main research themes pursued in the Centre are
  • Non-thermal, electrically produced plasmas
  • High power laser produced plasmas
  • Fundamental atomic, molecular and optical processes
  • Applications of ionising radiation and plasmas in medicine and biology

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Take IELTS test

    StudyPortals Tip: The UK government has confirmed new English-language testing requirements for visa and immigration purposes. Learn more

Academic Requirements

A research degree offers you the opportunity to develop your research skills and prove yourself as a researcher. Queen's is committed to the enhancement of research training and teaching and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Normally a UK 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University)

and a UK Masters degree in a relevant discipline with a minimum average grade of 60% in the taught modules and a minimum grade of 60% in the dissertation or research project (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University).

Applicants who hold a UK 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) may be considered if they hold a UK Masters degree in a relevant discipline with the results stipulated above (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University). Evidence of relevant professional experience and/or attendance at interview may be required in such cases.

INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on their International Students website.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International students (where English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 7.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information:

English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 15100 International
  • GBP 5500 EU/EEA

Funding

DEL Student Support Fund
The DEL Student Support Fund is a discretionary fund which may provide financial assistance to students from Northern Ireland and Great Britain, who encounter financial difficulty whilst studying
  • All full-time and part-time (50% of equivalent full-time course) Northern Ireland and Great Britain undergraduates and postgraduate students can apply.
  • Undergraduate students must have taken out their maximum Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan entitlement.
  • All postgraduate students must demonstrate that they have organised sufficient funding for their course.
University’s Hardship Fund
Students who are not eligible for the DEL Student Support Fund will be considered for an award from the University’s Hardship Fund. There is a smaller amount of money available within the Hardship Fund, so circumstances must be exceptional for an award to be made.

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.