We 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.

We supervise MPhil and PhD students whose interests match the expertise we have in our four main research themes.

Condensed matter and nanoscale physics

We research electronic, optical, structural and magnetic properties of novel solid-state materials, particularly 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 and related work takes place with colleagues in the Emerging Technology and Materials (ETM) Group in the School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering.

Biophysics

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 that uses techniques including single molecule manipulation, atomic force microscopy and scanning tunnelling microscopy.

Astrophysics

Galaxies and the interstellar medium, the source of the galactic magnetic field and its influence on the structure of the galaxy form the focus of our research in astrophysics. There is also interest in 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, such as the measurement of time dependence of the fundamental constants of nature. We also research metrological protocols for characterisation of broadband light, specifically those relating to foundational aspects of quantum mechanics and its application.

Delivery

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

You will be trained in all aspects of physics research, including the oral and written presentation of your work. Our Postgraduate Committee provides impartial academic advice and guidance throughout your studies.

Data based on responses from 284 UK, EU and International postgraduate leavers (2011/12, 2012/13) studying in the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials, School of Chemistry, School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, School of Electric and Electronic Engineering. See more about what our graduates do.

Facilities

Newly refurbished physics laboratories, teaching and study space are due for completion in spring 2015. Our students will have access to high specification laboratories and computing facilities in the Herschel Annex at the heart of the University campus.

MPhil, MPhil, PhD, PhD Award
Full-time, Part-time Study Mode
12 months Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

A 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.

International Students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 2 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

Pre-sessional English Course Requirements

  • 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
  • 10 week Pre-sessional entry:  IELTS 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-skills)

You can study a pre-sessional English course at our INTO Newcastle Centre.

You may need an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate. You'll need to get this before you can get your visa or study on this programme. We'll let you know about the ATAS requirement in your offer letter.

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