Ph.D. On Campus

Physics and Astronomy

Johns Hopkins University

72 months
57010 USD/year
57010 USD/year
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Graduate Physics and Astronomy programs in physics and astronomy at Johns Hopkins University are among the top programs in the field. Students engage in original research starting in their first semester and have flexibility in choosing their course of research and designing their path through the program.


Graduate students can work toward a PhD in either physics or astronomy and astrophysics. Our doctoral students are prepared for careers in physics and astronomy research, teaching, or in applications such as biophysics, space physics, and industrial research.

Learning outcomes

Physics and Astronomy Graduate students at Johns Hopkins University study and work in close collaboration with a world-renowned, award-winning physics and astronomy faculty, whose research is truly global. Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories, and they are full participants in the vibrant intellectual life of the department. 

Research leading to the dissertation can be carried out not only within the Department of Physics and Astronomy, but also in collaboration with other research centers. Recent dissertation research has been conducted with members of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Space Telescope Science Institute, and the Goddard Space Flight Center.

Graduate students are involved in research projects beginning in their first semester at JHU. Students are free to explore different areas of research by working on short research projects with different advisers. 

A series of seminars, presentations and orientation events held in the fall semester help introduce students to the faculty in the department so that they can choose their first project. 

Such projects may last a semester or a year; they might become the prelude to their thesis work or may focus on a completely separate topic. In many cases, the projects lead to published research papers. 

By the end of their second year, students have typically completed their required graduate classes, have explored several different research directions and are in a good position to choose a thesis topic and a thesis advisor. Students start thesis research no later than fall of their 3rd year and graduate at the end of the 5th or 6th year.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Electromagnetism
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Advanced Statistical Mechanics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 72 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample
  • Personal Statement
  • CV
  • Academic record
  • Unofficial transcripts from all previous college and university study
  • At least two letters of recommendation

Tuition Fee

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    57010 USD/year
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    57010 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 57010 USD per year during 72 months.

Living costs for Baltimore

1240 - 2100 USD /month
Living costs

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.

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