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Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Physics (General)

Course type

Research

Course Summary

We offer postgraduate research degrees in Physics at the PhD level in all of our major research areas such as Emerging Technology and Materials, Applied Mathematics, and Photoelectron Spectroscopy.

We supervise PhD students whose interests match the expertise we have in our five 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 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.

Quantum matter and quantum optics

Our research focusses on the theoretical study and modelling of the quantum properties of matter and light. This includes fundamental aspects, from the nature of superfluids and the principles of quantum mechanics, to state-of-the-art technological applications of quantum transport and quantum sensing.

Different course options

Full time | Newcastle University | 36 months | 28-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time

Duration

36 months

Start date

28-SEP-20

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

£4,327 per year. The fees stated are for 2019 entry only. We are aligning our 2020 entry tuition fees for students with those set by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£23,800

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

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.

University information

Newcastle University is a world-leading university, advancing knowledge, providing creative solutions and solving global problems. The university is a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, one of 24 leading research-intensive UK universities. In recent years, Newcastle University has developed a presence in three similarly vibrant and globally-connected locations – London, Singapore and Malaysia. These provide both a global...more

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