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Physics, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #432 (QS) , MA,
 The unique environment of the BC Physics Department is focused on a highly collaborative approach, with students forming a vital part of the community. In addition to working with BC physics faculty, students have access to cutting edge facilities and often work in integrated science teams with faculty from Chemistry, Biology, Neuroscience, or neighboring institutions.


Every year, the Boston College Department of Physics welcomes approximately ten new students into its graduate program. They pursue Ph.D. and Masters degrees in various theoretical and experimental research programs including:

  • Photonics and Plasmonics
  • Strongly Correlated Materials and Unconventional Superconductivity
  • Renewable Energy Materials (Thermoelectrics, Photovoltaics, Hydrogen Fuel Cells)
  • Topological Materials
  • Biological Physics, Neuroscience
  • 2D Atomic Crystals and Thin Films
  • Quantum Information Science
Boston College graduates have gone on to successful careers in a broad range of fields within as well as outside of physics including, among others, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. Please find a partial list of our recent alumni. Students are prepared for a wide range of careers including academic research, teaching, and industry. 


Boston College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and has been accredited by NEASC since 1935. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Physics Colloquium 
  • Physics Graduate Seminar I 
  • Physics Graduate Seminar II 
  • Classical Mechanics 
  • Statistical Physics I 
  • Statistical Physics II 
  • Electromagnetic Theory I 
  • Electromagnetic Theory II 
  • Quantum Mechanics I 
  • Quantum Mechanics II 
  • Plasma Physics 
  • Mathematical Physics I 
  • Quantum Field Theory 
  • Techniques of Experimental Physics I 
  • Techniques of Experimental Physics II 
  • Particle Physics 
  • Solid State Physics I 
  • Solid State Physics II 
  • Special and General Relativity 

English Language Requirements

  • 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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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

Application requirements for admission:
  • A completed application
  • Transcripts of all previous work
  • Three letters of Recommendation
  • A GRE revised general test
  • The physics subject test is strongly encouraged but not required
  • Statement of Purpose
  • $75 Application fee.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1634 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1634 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1634 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1634 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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The purpose of internal BC funding opportunities is to assist BC faculty members in starting a line of inquiry and in competing for external funds.Research Expense Grants (REG) help to finance the smaller expenses of doing research. The maximum for a single REG is $2,000. All tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply for these grants.Research Incentive Grants (RIG), are worth up to a total of $15,000 (including one month's summer salary). Every year at least 15 RIGs are awarded on a competitive basis. All regular, full-time, tenure-track faculty members are eligible to apply for these grants.The Ignite Program helps BC researchers remain competitive by providing rapid access to funds. Awards are distributed three times per year, with 3-4 awards per cycle, up to $30,000.Research Across Departments and Schools (RADS) supports interdisciplinary research projects between faculty in different disciplines, departments, and schools across Boston College. The Vice Provost for Research (VPR) will support five projects annually for up to $50,000.

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