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Full time | Loughborough University | 3 years | OCT-21

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Full time


3 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Physics (General)

Course type


Course Summary

The Department of Physics provides an academically stimulating and supportive environment for doctoral researchers. We are an international community of academic staff and students, active in cutting-edge research and industry engagement.

We are a research intensive Physics department, best known for our leading contribution to diverse fields of condensed matter physics.

Building on our traditional strengths in fundamental physics we address the UK Grand Challenges. Our most significant contributions and innovations are in the areas of 2D and van der Waals materials, novel devices for energy harvesting, spintronics, high-frequency electronics, novel computing approaches and artificial intelligence.

Our research strengths lie particularly within the areas of condensed matter and materials, with a good balance between theory and experiment.

Research School of Materials

The Department of Physics is also part of the research infrastructure of the Research School of Materials, which covers several departments. All of these departments have access to an extensive range of research equipment.

Research specialisation

The department specialises in theoretical and experimental condensed matter physics and nanoscience. Areas of applied physics include cardiovascular dynamics, neural networks, drug delivery physics, population dynamics and psychoacoustics. Work is also ongoing to investigate Terahertz radiation.

The recent growing interest in terahertz science and technology is due to its many important applications in physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, and medicine, including THz imaging, spectroscopy, tomography, medical diagnosis, health monitoring, environmental control, as well as chemical and biological identification. The department is also conducting ground breaking work in quantum computing and spintronics.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

Tuition fees for UK students are set by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and we expect these to rise from the 2020/21 fee in line with inflation. The fees for 2021/22 are likely to be available in spring 2021 and will be confirmed on our website.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualification) in physics or a related discipline.