PhD Physics / Programme details

Year of entry: 2020

Programme description

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Manchester is one of the largest and most active departments of physics in the UK.  We have a long tradition of excellence in both teaching and research, and have interests in most areas of contemporary research.

The Department has a strong presence in a number of Manchester-based centres for multidisciplinary research: The National Graphene Institute, the Photon Science Institute; the Manchester Centre for Non-Linear Dynamics; the Dalton Nuclear Institute; and the Mesoscience and Nanotechnology Centre.  In addition, the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire is a part of the department.

Strong research activity exists in a broad range of physics topics funded by the Research Councils including EPSRC, STFC, BBSRC, the EU and industry.  All the research groups offer well-equipped laboratories and computing facilities and are involved in a wide range of collaborative projects with industry and other academic departments in the UK and overseas. 

For more information about our postgraduate research programmes, please visit:   https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/programmes/research-areas/?code=PA

You can also download our  Postgraduate Project Booklet 2019/20  (PDF document, 2.5Mb) which contains details of research projects available within the department.

The postgraduate research environment is well funded and world-class as demonstrated by our ranking in REF2014.  Supervision is provided by academic staff, who are leaders in their fields, with independent pastoral back-up.  Transferable skills training is available and there are some school teaching opportunities.

Coursework and assessment

For information about course work and assessment please visit our  Course handbook

Research in the School is conducted through the following research groupings:
ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS.
BIOLOGICAL PHYSICS.
CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS.
NONLINEAR AND LIQUID CRYSTAL PHYSICS.
NUCLEAR PHYSICS .
PARTICLE PHYSICS.
PHOTON PHYSICS
THEORETICAL PHYSICS.

For more information on the above research groupings please go to our website at www.manchester.ac.uk/physics

Scholarships and bursaries

Details of all available scholarships can be found on our Financial Support page.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk