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Physics Research MPhil/PhD, option of joint PhD with HKU

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Overview

  • Current number of academic staff: 34.

  • Current number of postdoctoral research staff: 39.

  • Current number of research students: 77 PhD.

It is possible to undertake research leading to the PhD degree in any of the areas of interest of the Physics Department.

If you are interested in a PhD at King's, in the Department of Physics, you should identify research topics and academic staff in your area of interest. Further details of  projects, potential supervisors and research areas can be found on the Group Pages

 Applications are invited for research in the following areas:

  • Theoretical Particle Physics and Cosmology
  • Photonics and Nanotechnology
  • Theory and Stimulation of Condensed Matter
  • Biological Physics and Soft Matter

 

  • Partner organisations: Our research groups enjoy strong collaborations with institutions around the world including Athens, Cambridge, CERN, Geneva, Imperial College, Jena, McGill, Nottingham, Oxford, Paris 6, Shanghai, Texas Tech, Trieste, Valencia, UCL and ETH Zurich.
  • Joint PhDs available: Exciting opportunities to gain a joint PhD with Hong Kong University

Key information

Duration Expected to be three years FT, four-six years PT. Start usually September.

Study mode Full-time, Part-time

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London/King's and HKU for joint programme

Faculty Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Department Department of Physics

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Description

The Department has a distinguished history, with the study of Physics at King's College dating back to its foundation in 1829. The first Professor was Sir Charles Wheatstone, with other former professors including James Clerk Maxwell, who discovered the unified equations of electromagnetism while at King's, and four Nobel laureates. The seminal x-ray crystallography work by Wilkins and Franklin which led to the discovery of the structure of DNA, was performed in the Physics Department. The department today has a reputation as a friendly and supportive environment, with research in the department encompassing biophysics, materials science, nanotechnology, and theoretical particle physics and cosmology.

The Department has recently appointed international research leaders to head its three research groups: Professor John Ellis FRS, who has joined King's from CERN to lead the Theoretical Particle Physics & Cosmology Group; Professor Mark van Schilfgaarde, an expert in electronic structure theory, who heads the Materials & Molecular Modelling Group; and Professor Anatoly Zayats, a world-leader in the new field of plasmonics, who leads the Experimental Biophysics & Nantotechnology Group.

Activities in biophysics enjoy strong links with the Randall Division for Cell and Molecular Biophysics in the School of Biomedical Sciences, and the molecular and materials modelling group is part of the London-based Thomas Young Centre for Theory and Simulations of Materials. Research in theoretical physics and cosmology has a particular focus on the interdisciplinary area of astro-particle physics and on LHC phenomenology, with strong links to CERN through an ERC Advanced Investigator Grant held by Prof Ellis.


Joint PhD programme

Exciting opportunities are now available to undertake a joint PhD programme with Hong Kong University.

Course study environment

Each of our research students is associated with a research group and supervised by a member of staff from this group. As part of this supervision you will take part in a monitoring exercise every six months. Your supervisor will help you learn the techniques you may need and advise on training/courses to attend.

We have excellent student facilities, including personal computers and office space for each of our graduate students. There is very extensive online access to journals and an excellent study environment in the College Library. Networking with other graduate students in the College is encouraged through the activities of the Graduate School.

Postgraduate training

All research students attend the School and College-based training in transferable skills. Training needs in specialised research techniques are assessed on an individual basis.

Head of group/division

Head of Department - Professor Peter Main

Experimental Biophysics & Nanotechnology - Professor Anatoly Zayats

Theory & Simulation of Condensed Matter - Professor Mark van Schilfgaarde

Theoretical Particle Physics & Cosmology - Professor John Ellis

Contact for information

Contact the Admissions Office • Before you apply: via our Enquiry Form (www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/contacts.aspx#admissions) • After applying: use the messaging service at apply.kcl.ac.uk Postgraduate Officer, Admissions Office Tel: +44 (0)20 7848 1648

Course website

www.kcl.ac.uk/physics

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Physics Research Entry Requirements
Minimum UK requirements
  • Photonics and Nanotechnology
  •   Minimum undergraduate degree with 2:1 honours in physics or a related subject.
  • Biological Physics & Soft Matter
  •   Minimum undergraduate degree with 2:1 honours in physics or a related subject.
  • Theory & Simulation of Condensed Matter
  •   Minimum undergraduate degree with 2:1 honours in physics or a related subject. 
  • Theoretical Particle Physics & Cosmology
  •   Master’s degree with Distinction or high Merit  in a relevant subject, and usually a Bachelor of Science with 1st class or higher 2:1 honours. Alternatively a four year MSci with 1st class honours is also acceptable.
    International requirements   Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
    English Language requirements Band E Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

     

    Those applying for the joint degree are encouraged to contact an academic at King's to develop research links with the partner institution.

    Application procedure

    Your application is assessed by a relevant academic member of staff, and we aim to respond to you within four to six weeks. We interview most students living in the UK, and may hold telephone or email interviews for those overseas.

    September, January, and April start dates available. Applicants are strongly encouraged to start their degree at beginning of the academic year in September, when the College offers a full induction programme.

    ATAS  An ATAS certificate is required for successful applicants applying for this course whose nationality is outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. For further guidance on obtaining an ATAS certificate can be found on our International Student Advice pages.

    Personal statement and supporting information

    You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

    Physics Research checklist
    Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. Please specify the area of research that interests you.
    Research Proposal Optional  Note that a detailed research proposal is not necessarily required. You should state at least an area of interest, as precisely as you want, and/or names of potential supervisors. The proposal should explain in some detail precisely the field of study that you want to contribute to and current research gaps, what you want to do and how you propose to do it. For advice on how to write a winning application, please visit the following page.
    Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
    References Yes One reference is required, professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
    Other Optional You may also wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of your application

     

    Course intake

    Approximately 10.

    Joint PhDs - Application advice

    Applicants for the Joint PhD programme must contact the relevant departments at both universities before submitting an application in order to discuss the suitability of their topic for the joint programme and to locate potential supervisors. Applications should initially be submitted to the proposed home institution only, ie where the student will start and finish their programme. Students should note that acceptance onto the programme may take slightly longer than for single-institution PhDs because of the additional steps involved. Further details, including FAQs, can be found on the King’s Worldwide web pages.

    Applicants who choose King’s as their home institution should apply through the online system, selecting the appropriate Joint PhD option from the drop-down list. In addition to the standard supporting documentation, applicants should submit a Travel Plan form indicating how they intend to divide their time between the two partner institutions. Students must spend a specified amount of time in each institution, details of which can be found in the ‘Notes’ section of the Travel plan form.

    It is recommended that students submit applications for the Joint PhD programme by the end of March to begin the following September.

    Application closing date

    The deadlines for applications are detailed below. We will open applications for an intake in 2020 after the final deadline passes in 2019.

    • January 2019 entry – 26th October 2018 for International students and 3rd December 2018 for Home/EU students
    • April 2019 entry – 15th February 2019 for International and Home/EU students
    • July 2019 entry - 17th May 2019 for International and Home/EU students
    • October 2019 entry – 26th July 2019 for International students and 30th August for Home/EU students
    • January 2020 entry – 25th October 2019 for International students and 2nd December 2019 for Home/EU students
    • April 2020 entry – 14th February 2020 for International and Home/EU students
    • July 2020 entry - 15th May 2020 for International and Home/EU students

    Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

    Help and support

    If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

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    Fees and funding

    UK/EU Tuition Fees 2018/19

    Full time tuition fees:

    £5,000 per year (MPhil/PhD, Physics Research)

    £5,000 per year (MPhil/PhD, Physics Research with University of Hong Kong)

    Part time tuition fees: £2,500 per year

    UK/EU Tuition Fees 2019/20

    Full time tuition fees:

    £5,300 per year (MPhil/PhD, Physics Research)

    £5,300  per year (MPhil/PhD, Physics Research with University of Hong Kong)

    Part time tuition fees: £2,650 per year

    International Tuition Fees 2018/19   

    Full time tuition fees:

    £22,050 per year (MPhil/PhD, Physics Research)

    £22,050 per year (MPhil/PhD, Physics Research with the University of Hong Kong)

    Part time tuition fees: £11,025 per year 

    International Tuition Fees 2019/20

    Full time tuition fees:

    £23,400 per year (MPhil/PhD, Physics Research)

    £23,400 per year (MPhil/PhD, Physics Research with the University of Hong Kong)

    Part time tuition fees: £11,700 per year 

    Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    Financial help and support

    Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.


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