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Theoretical Physics PhD

Key information

Award:
MPhil
PhD
Study mode:
Full time
Part time
Campus:
Strand Campus
Duration:
3-4 years full-time, 6-8 years part-time

The Theoretical Physics Group in the Department of Mathematics is at the international forefront of research and offers PhD's in string and M-theory, black holes, conformal field theory, supersymmetry, integrability, and other fundamental branches of modern theoretical physics.

You can explore potential supervisors and topics on our  research group pages.

For other Applied Mathematics Research opportunities please visit this page: Applied Mathematics Research: Disordered Systems/Financial Mathematics/Probability - King's College London (kcl.ac.uk)

Key information

Our department has a large number of active and internationally renowned researchers and postdoctoral research fellows. The Theoretical Physics Group organises regular seminars, where leading scientists from around the world present new results and discuss current topics. The students also organise their own informal seminars and discussion groups. The department provides funding for PhD students to attend suitable schools and conferences during their studies.

The Group actively participates in the London Theory Institute (LonTI). LonTI provides pedagogical lectures for PhD students on a variety of topics and is open to all students in London. Furthermore there are regular London-wide seminars and events.

Course intake

PhD: 4-8 FT per year.

Funding

Almost all of our students receive studentships from grant-awarding bodies such as ERC, EPSRC, Royal Society and STFC and also directly from the NMES Faculty. Students are automatically considered for these studentships when they apply. The number of these positions vary from year to year and are allocated by the group following an interview.

For Chinese nationals there is a possibility of a King’s-China-Scholarship. These require students to apply to King’s in early January, stating that they want to be considered for K-CSC funding. Following an interview and section students then make a separate application for funding.

We also are part of the Martingale Foundation Programme. This scheme is open to UK students with financially challenged backgrounds and funds both MSc and PhD. In particular students must first enter on our MSc programme.

 

For funding opportunities please explore these pages:

 

UK Tuition 2023/24

Full time tuition fees:

£6,540 per year (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research)

Part Time Tuition fees:

£3,270 per year (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research)

International Tuition Fees 2023/24

Full time tuition fees:

£24,360 per year (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research)

Part Time Tuition fees:

£12,180 per year (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research)

UK Tuition 2024/25

Full time tuition fees:

£6,936 per year (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research)

Part Time Tuition fees:

£3,468 per year (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research)

International Tuition Fees 2024/25

Full time tuition fees:

£26,070 per year (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research)

Part Time Tuition fees:

£13,035 per year (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research)

Mathematics Research with University of Hong Kong or Humboldt-Universität Zu Berlin

International Tuition Fees 2023/24

Full time tuition fees:

£24,360 per year (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research with University of Hong Kong)

£24,360 per year (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research with Humboldt-Universität Zu Berlin)

Part time tuition fees: £12,180 (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research with Humboldt-Universität Zu Berlin)

International Tuition Fees 2024/25

Full time tuition fees:

£26,070 per year (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research with University of Hong Kong)

£26,070 per year (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research with Humboldt-Universität Zu Berlin)

Part time tuition fees: £13,035 (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research with Humboldt-Universität Zu Berlin)

All of these fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King's terms and conditions.

Bench fees will be applicable to the non-award research programme for visiting students.

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

You will be assigned a supervisor with whom you will work closely. You will also attend research seminars and take part in other research related activities in your research group, the department and more widely in the University of London. We do not specify fixed attendance hours, but we expect a good level of attendance, and our research students benefit from informal interaction with each other. You will be provided with access to working and storage space, as well as a laptop. On arrival you will discuss your research programme with your supervisor, and you will attend general induction sessions.

Postgraduate training

Students carry out research under the guidance of a supervisor. Our PhD students receive various forms of training during their period of research, eg attending courses in the London Taught Courses Centre, attendance at EPSRC summer schools; provision of advanced lecture courses; College training courses for graduates who will give tutorial teaching to undergraduates; weekly seminars in the area of your research; frequent research group meetings; attendance at national and international conferences and research meetings.

Communication skills are developed by preparing and presenting seminars in the department, assisted by your supervisor; apprenticeship in writing papers and, in due course, the PhD thesis.

To build your teaching skills and experience, you are strongly encouraged to apply to become a Graduate Teaching Assistant, giving tutorials to our undergraduates (training is provided)

The Group actively participates in the London Theory Institute (LonTI). LonTI provides pedagogical lectures for PhD students on a variety of topics and is open to all students in London. Furthermore there are regular London-wide seminars and events .

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For funding opportunities please explore these pages:

 

UK Tuition 2023/24

Full time tuition fees:

£6,540 per year (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research)

Part Time Tuition fees:

£3,270 per year (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research)

International Tuition Fees 2023/24

Full time tuition fees:

£24,360 per year (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research)

Part Time Tuition fees:

£12,180 per year (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research)

UK Tuition 2024/25

Full time tuition fees:

£6,936 per year (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research)

Part Time Tuition fees:

£3,468 per year (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research)

International Tuition Fees 2024/25

Full time tuition fees:

£26,070 per year (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research)

Part Time Tuition fees:

£13,035 per year (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research)

Mathematics Research with University of Hong Kong or Humboldt-Universität Zu Berlin

International Tuition Fees 2023/24

Full time tuition fees:

£24,360 per year (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research with University of Hong Kong)

£24,360 per year (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research with Humboldt-Universität Zu Berlin)

Part time tuition fees: £12,180 (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research with Humboldt-Universität Zu Berlin)

International Tuition Fees 2024/25

Full time tuition fees:

£26,070 per year (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research with University of Hong Kong)

£26,070 per year (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research with Humboldt-Universität Zu Berlin)

Part time tuition fees: £13,035 (MPhil/PhD, Mathematics Research with Humboldt-Universität Zu Berlin)

All of these fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King's terms and conditions.

Bench fees will be applicable to the non-award research programme for visiting students.

Base campus

strand-quad
Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

You will be assigned a supervisor with whom you will work closely. You will also attend research seminars and take part in other research related activities in your research group, the department and more widely in the University of London. We do not specify fixed attendance hours, but we expect a good level of attendance, and our research students benefit from informal interaction with each other. You will be provided with access to working and storage space, as well as a laptop. On arrival you will discuss your research programme with your supervisor, and you will attend general induction sessions.

Postgraduate training

Students carry out research under the guidance of a supervisor. Our PhD students receive various forms of training during their period of research, eg attending courses in the London Taught Courses Centre, attendance at EPSRC summer schools; provision of advanced lecture courses; College training courses for graduates who will give tutorial teaching to undergraduates; weekly seminars in the area of your research; frequent research group meetings; attendance at national and international conferences and research meetings.

Communication skills are developed by preparing and presenting seminars in the department, assisted by your supervisor; apprenticeship in writing papers and, in due course, the PhD thesis.

To build your teaching skills and experience, you are strongly encouraged to apply to become a Graduate Teaching Assistant, giving tutorials to our undergraduates (training is provided)

The Group actively participates in the London Theory Institute (LonTI). LonTI provides pedagogical lectures for PhD students on a variety of topics and is open to all students in London. Furthermore there are regular London-wide seminars and events .

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Key information

Award:
MPhil
PhD
Study mode:
Full time
Part time
Campus:
Strand Campus
Duration:
3-4 years full-time, 6-8 years part-time

Theoretical Physics PhD