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Phd Research Degrees

How to Apply for a PhD/MPhil

1. Identify your research interests

The PhD Degree is a physics research degree and students are assessed on a thesis presenting original results obtained in the course of their research. It is possible to undertake research leading to the PhD degree in any of the areas of interest of the Physics Department. Each PhD student has a main supervisor who directs their work throughout the degree - suggesting research problems, background reading, recommending lecture courses, research seminars, and conferences.


To identify potential areas of interest, read more about the different Research Groups within the Physics Department. The Department is organised into three different research groups who maintain webpages with information about their activities:

Please note that candidates who are interested to any of these areas should apply for the generic Physics MPhil/PhD at The admission panel will direct your application to specific group based on your academic background and areas of potential interest that you would have indicated in your application form.

 1.1 The Application Procedure

For detailed information about the application procedure, where to find the application form, which documents to include, and so on, please refer to the Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions website

All relevant information regarding eligibility, including academic and English language requirements, is available from the online prospectus.

It is possible to apply for the MPhil/PhD in Physics throughout the year, however please note that there are only three entry points: January, Apri and September.

2. Application form

Once you have an idea of the area(s) you are interested in, you will need to formally apply. Application are made via

If you have any questions regarding the admissions portal or further guidance on the application process the you can call 020 7848 2555 or email

2.1. How to fill the application form

Your application is generic for a MPhil/PhD in Physics. In order to clarify your potential interests we would like you to fill out the 'Research Proposal' field. This field is merely there to give you an opportunity to indicate your preferred research area(s), e.g. biophotonics or condensed matter simulations. You may also include the name(s) of the academic(s) whom you would like to work with. By no means are you required to provide any more information in this field.

2.2. Documents you will need:

You will need to submit two academic references, official transcripts of your degrees outlining your programme, modules, subject grades and overall grade, a personal statement and a research proposal.

You must provide translations of any documents that are not in English. If English is not your first language you would be required to submit an English language test such as IELTS or TOEFL. Please note that you can submit your English test results after submitting your application. If you are taking an English language test at a later date, please mark this on your application. When you have received your results, please scan and upload them to the myApplication system.

In most cases it is possible for us to make a conditional offer to those who do not have an acceptable English language test result when they apply. If we cannot make a decision without an English test result from you, we will request this from you as part of the application process.

3. Decision process

A complete application will typically take between 4 and 8 weeks to be processed. Once a decision is made you will be emailed to log in to your online application and the decision will be in the “Application Status” box on the homepage.We are usually unable to consider applications until we have received all of the requested documents.

 3.1 Interview

Before we can reach a final decision on your application we may invite you to the department for a short interview and present you the activities of the group in more details.  Applicants may be interviewed, by Skype for those not based in the UK. If this is the case, the Department will contact you to arrange a suitable time for the interview.

4. Contacts 

Post Graduate Research Admissions Tutor

Contact the Postgraduate Admissions Tutor Dr Cedric Weber if you have any further questions.

For other enquiries please contact the Postgraduate Programme Administrator

For more information related to each group:

Centre for Admission (CASA)

5. Further information

International Students can find further support on here

Tuition Fees

Science-based subjects fee information can be found here.


For any questions about accommodation, please refer to the College's Accommodation webpages.

 We have several funded DTA EPSRC awards available.  All eligible applications will be automatically considered for these award.  No separate application form is required.

There are a number of funding schemes available associated with different application deadlines and eligibility requirements. Please visit our 'Funding your PhD' webpage for further details.

If you have further questions regarding PhD study in Physics you can contact the Physics Postgraduate student office

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