Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
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  • English (take IELTS)
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Major developments include:

  • Strong field laser interactions with atoms and molecules, especially attosecond and free-electron-laser sources
  • Quantum information processing, quantum optics, and quantum thermodynamics
  • Antimatter interactions with atoms and molecules, especially the role of vibrational Feshbach resonances
  • Electron scattering by very complex targets such as the iron peak elements, of considerable importance in astrophysics, and by Rydberg atoms
  • Quantum many-body physics, ultracold atomic systems, and simulation of their features
  • Foundations of quantum mechanics


  • Development of major computer packages used by scientists throughout the world to study atomic and molecular processes and their applications and simulate quantum many-body physics.
  • Large group in theoretical atomic, molecular and optical physics worldwide.
  • Leadership-level, high-performance computing; grid-computing applications.
  • Strong international collaborative research links.
  • World-leading expertise in the simulation and manipulation of quantum many-body systems and the implementation of protocols for quantum information processing in discrete and continuous variable systems.
  • Pioneering work in the burgeoning field of quantum technologies and quantum thermodynamics.

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.

    • Duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


  • Atomic data for astrophysics and fusion research
  • Atomic many-body theory
  • Atomic structure and properties
  • Collisions of electrons, photons, positrons, ions and atoms with ions, atoms and molecules
  • Multiphoton processes, including multiphoton ionisation, harmonic generation, and ultra-fast (multi-)electron dynamics induced by attosecond pulses
  • Quantum information theory, quantum many-body systems, quantum statistical mechanics, and quantum theory on light-matter interaction

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    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.

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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. The following postgraduate research study routes for this subject area are:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)


The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 15100 International
  • GBP 4195 EU/EEA


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