Physics PhD - 2019 Entry
Full time 36 Month(s)
We welcome applications from those seeking to perform research for a PhD in Physics. Research opportunities are available within each of our research areas, which cover both theoretical and experimental aspects, and are grouped into the four broad research divisions of Astrophysics, Accelerator and Particle Physics, Experimental Condensed Matter, and Theory.
There is vigorous cross-divisional activity, which includes studies of new materials such as graphene and molecular nanowires, cosmological experiments in liquid helium, nonlinear dynamics of biological rhythm and IR spectroscopy, and nanoscale probe microscopy of biological objects.
Our degree schemes emphasise the development of transferable skills, such as critical thinking, communication skills, numeracy, literacy, team working, and computing and computational skills, which are in much demand amongst employers. Students will also have the opportunity to attend specialist training courses as well as the Faculty of Science and Technology Research Training Programme.
Entry requirements: 2:1 (Hons) degree (UK) or equivalent in Physics, supplimented by a relevant Masters qualification
If you have studied outside of the UK, you can check your qualification here: International Qualifications
We may consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for further information.
IELTS: Overall score of at least 6.5, with no individual element below 5.5
We consider tests from other providers, which can be found here: English language requirements
If your score is below our requirements we may consider you for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes:
10 week - Overall score of at least 5.5, with no individual element below 5.0
For details of eligibility see: Pre-sessional programmes
4 week - Overall score of at least 6.0, with no individual element below 5.5
Further information is available at English for Academic Purposes
Funding: All applicants should consult our information on Fees and Funding.
Assessment: Original research and thesis
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Lancaster is a wonderful place to study. My Masters Research degree was in creating an uncloneable electronic device that could be used in IoT devices for authentication purposes. The top-tier facilities at Lancaster allowed me to write and begin the process of publishing my first scientific paper. After completing an MRes, I went on to work as an Engineering Physicist for Imperial Brands. The research experience I gained while studying has been invaluable in my current career."
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