Ph.D. On Campus


Newcastle University

36 months
24600 EUR/year
4407 EUR/year
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Newcastle University offer postgraduate research degrees in Physics at the MPhil and PhD level in all of our major research areas such as Emerging Technology and Materials, Applied Mathematics, and Photoelectron Spectroscopy.


Join us at Newcastle University for your MPhil or PhD Physics. We supervise MPhil and PhD students whose interests match the expertise we have in our five main research themes.

Condensed matter and nanoscale physics

We research electronic, optical, structural and magnetic properties of novel solid-state materials. In particular, this is in reference to novel semi-conductor structures and nanostructured materials such as nanocrystals and nanowires. Theoretical studies use quantum mechanical approaches and involve massively parallel supercomputing.

Our development of new approaches to quantum modelling is changing the size and complexity of systems that can be modelled. Experimental work takes place at synchrotron facilities in Europe and America. Related work takes place with colleagues in the Emerging Technology and Materials (ETM) Group in the School of Engineering.


Our research in biophysics explores the structure and function of cells with the aim of creating artificial life and building machines based on biological parts. Projects include protocell development and the construction of a cyborg robot. An understanding of biological physics is needed. It uses techniques including single molecule manipulation, atomic force microscopy and scanning tunnelling microscopy.


We focus on:

  • galaxies and the interstellar medium
  • the source of the galactic magnetic field and its influence on the structure of the galaxy
  • cosmology - particularly the early universe and its origin in the big bang

Ultrafast optics

Our research focuses on coherent optical control of atomic collisions in ultracold gases by femtosecond laser light for studies of problems in fundamental physics. This includes the measurement of time dependence of the fundamental constants of nature. We also research metrological protocols for characterisation of broadband light. This is specifically in relation to foundational aspects of quantum mechanics and its application.

Quantum matter and quantum optics

Our research focusses on the theoretical study and modelling of the quantum properties of matter and light. This includes fundamental aspects including:

  • the nature of superfluids
  • the principles of quantum mechanics
  • state-of-the-art technological applications of quantum transport
  • quantum sensing


Throughout your studies you'll work closely with your supervisor. In the initial stages your research will be guided by the supervisor. As you gain confidence and expertise you'll be given increasing responsibility for the day-to-day running of the project.

You'll be trained in all aspects of physics research, including the oral and written presentation of your work.

Programme Structure

The programme will help you to:

  • complete a training needs analysis, so that you know what your current skills are and where you need help and development
  • use your training needs analysis to create your personal development plan
  • identify appropriate workshops or other events that will help you most and best address your development needs
  • gain the personal and professional key skills development for the successful completion of your research degree

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in:

  • physics
  • mathematics 
  • electrical or electronic engineering
  • a related subject such as mechanical engineering or computer science

We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have non-standard qualifications and significant, relevant industry experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24600 EUR per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4407 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4407 EUR per year during 36 months.

InternationalFull time: £18,000  for theoretical

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

560 - 991 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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