Duration: 3 years full time
Institution code: R72
UK fees*: £4,500
International/EU fees**: £21,500
The Physics department is a vibrant and dynamic centre for Physics research with research activity traceable back to the establishment of the institution in the late 1800s. Today we deliver our own individual research leadership and lead national and international research partnerships at the cutting-edge of the most exciting fields in physics. Our research portfolio is broad based and world-leading, ranging from theoretical and experimental work in fundamental curiosity driven research to developing practical solutions for today’s most important scientific and social problems.
Available in any research area, Doctoral Level study provides a career-defining qualification in research and development for academia or industry. Find out about staff and research project opportunities on our Physics page here:Physics research degrees
Research facilities and environment
Much of our research is carried out in collaboration with other leading universities and laboratories in Europe and worldwide, including CERN, the European Spallation Source, the National Physical Laboratory and high tech industry partners.
Strong funding support is provided by the leading national and international science funding agencies, including the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), Innovate UK, the European Commission and the Royal Society.
We also have joint PhD studentships with our research collaborations.
Research students in Physics join a lively research community and become fully involved in the research activities of the department, sharing their successes.
The main outcome of the degree is a piece of independent research presented in the form of a dissertation.
A prior MSci qualification at 2(i) or 1st class in Physics, or MSc at Distinction level in Physics, is required for entry.
English language requirements
All teaching at Royal Holloway is in English. You will therefore need to have good enough written and spoken English to cope with your studies right from the start.
The scores we require
- IELTS: 6.5 overall. Writing 7.0. No other subscore lower than 5.5.
- Pearson Test of English: 61 overall. Writing 69. No other subscore lower than 51.
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE): ISE III.
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) grade C.
- TOEFL ib: 88 overall, with Reading 18 Listening 17 Speaking 20 Writing 26.
For more information about country-specific entry requirements for your country please see here.
Your future career
A PhD in Physics develops lifelong transferable skills that underpin any career, whether scientific, technological, managerial or unique.
Fees & funding
Home (UK) students tuition fee per year*: £4,500
EU and international students tuition fee per year**: £21,500
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