Physics MPhil; PhD

MPhil: minimum 12 months full time; minimum 24 months part time
PhD: minimum 36 months full time; minimum 72 months part time

Fees

Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £4,320 part time £2,160
International: full time £14,890 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Research Areas

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

In 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 state-of-the-art quantum mechanical approaches and involve massively parallel supercomputing. Our development of new approaches to quantum modelling is pushing the boundaries of the size and complexity of systems that can be modelled. Experimental work is frequently undertaken at synchrotron facilities in Europe and America and closely related work is undertaken with colleagues in the Emerging Technology and Materials (ETM) Group in the School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering.

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. Fundamental to such tasks is an understanding of biological physics that requires the use of techniques including single molecule manipulation, atomic force microscopy and scanning tunnelling microscopy.

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.

In ultrafast optics, research focuses on coherent optical control of atomic collisions in ultracold gases by femtosecond laser light for studies of problems in fundamental physics, for example 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.

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

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.

Our Science, Agriculture and Engineering Graduate School also provides training in professional/key skills and research techniques, supports personal development, hosts postgraduate events and has links with several specialist graduate training networks.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in electrical or electronic engineering, computer engineering or a related subject such as mechanical engineering and physics. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with non-standard qualifications who have significant, relevant industry experience

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 79 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 54 or equivalent.

International applicants may require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate prior to obtaining their visa and to study on this programme, applicants will be informed of this in the offer letter.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Applications are considered throughout the year, although specific deadlines for funding may apply. If you wish to discuss possible projects or require further information on admissions procedures, e-mail the Postgraduate Admissions Officer, Dr Alton Horsfall.

There are three possible start dates for your research degree:

  • 6 January 2014
  • 28 April 2014
  • 22 September 2014

However, these dates are not mandatory and in some circumstances permission can be granted for alternative start dates.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Physics Postgraduate Admissions Officer
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5995
E-mail: physics@ncl.ac.uk
www.ncl.ac.uk/physics/study/postgraduate/

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Physics.