Thank you for considering Postgraduate Study at Swansea.

Postgraduate Degrees

Taught Masters Degrees

MSc by Research, PhD and MPhil Degrees

PhD and MPhil Degrees

The Department welcomes postgraduate research applications in the following areas.  Please specific a topic or topics in your application.

Theoretical Particle Physics Research Areas

  • String Theory and Field Theory: formal aspects and developments
  • String Theory and Field Theory: applications to amplitude calculations, BSM phenomenology and cosmology
  • Lattice Field Theory

Candidates are welcome to contact Dr Maurizio Piai for enquiries in this area.

Experimental Research Areas

  • Atomic, molecular and Laser Physics: including antimatter research and photon-particle interactions
  • Nanoscale Physics: applications of scanning probe microscopy and laser spectroscopy

Candidates are welcome to contact Dr Peter Dunstan for enquiries in this area.
The Physics – Life Sciences Interface

  • Nanoscale Physics: biophysics applications of laser spectroscopy
  • Modelling and Control of Quantum Systems: including medical imaging and spectroscopy

Candidates are welcome to contact Dr Peter Dunstan for enquiries in this area.

Entry requirements and how to apply

Entry Requirements

MSc by Research programmes: We normally require a minimum of an upper second class Honours degree or equivalent in physics or a related field.

MPhil/PhD programmes: We normally require a minimum of an upper second class Honours degree or equivalent in physics or a related field, or an appropriate Master’s degree with Merit.

An IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) is required for overseas students.

How to apply

If you are entitled to apply for STFC or EPSRC FUNDING for PhD positions (see conditions on STFC and EPSRC webpages), please download the research scholarship application form and return it to the College of Science with the following:

  • Academic References – all scholarship applications require two supporting references to be submitted. Please ensure that your chosen referees are aware of the funding deadline, as their references form a vital part of the evaluation process. Please either include these with your scholarship application or ask your referees to send them directly to Sandra Kramcha.
  • Academic Transcripts – academic transcripts must be submitted along with the scholarship application by the funding deadline. We will be using these to verify your academic qualifications.
  • Please specify in the ‘Scholarship Details’ section on the application form whether you are applying for ‘STFC’ or ‘EPSRC’ funding. 
  • Applicants can use the ‘Supplementary Personal Statement’ section of the application form to provide information not visible from their academic transcripts which may be relevant to their application and selection procedure.

These application documents should be either posted to:

Mrs Sandra Kramcha
College of Science
Wallace Building
Swansea University
Singleton Park
Swansea SA2 8PP

or send them by email to:

Application closing date: Apply as soon as possible

ALL OTHER APPLICATIONS for postgraduate programmes should be made direct to the University's Admissions Office.

  • Information on the application process for Home applicants can be found here
  • Information on the application process for EU and Overseas applicants can be found here

The application process for postgraduate research involves two stages:

1. Securing an offer of a place at the Department via the Admissions Office,
2. Securing funding for your studies. We will give you help where necessary, especially with the second part.

Depending on the source, funds to undertake postgraduate research are awarded on the basis of either the project being of high quality (in which case the funding will exist when we advertise the project), or the merits of the applicant.

If you already have funding, or are self-funding, you will need to decide on a research topic that interests you.

For enquiries regarding postgraduate research in Experimental Physics, contact Dr Peter Dunstan
For enquiries regarding postgraduate research in Theoretical Physics, contact Dr Maurizio Piai

Training and support

Every postgraduate research student enrolled in the department becomes part of a specialist research group. This enables students to benefit from the knowledge and expertise of those working within their research area (in addition to their supervisor) and from the presence of postdoctoral researchers, contact with key decision-makers and access to datasets and equipment as well as further research and employment opportunities.

The department offers a thorough training programme to its research postgraduates. All new postgraduates participate in a Departmental Induction Day and have access to the departmental Postgraduate Training Fund which supports attendance at conferences and specialist training events.  

Postgraduate research students also have access to a wide range of University-level support services, including the Postgraduate Research Faculty which is the focus for graduate-related research activities on campus. The Faculty provides a wide range of interdisciplinary training courses focusing on generic skills required by all research students and organises Postgraduate Research Training Conferences at least twice a year as well as a range of short courses.

More about our facilities

High Performance Computing Wales

(HPC) Wales is offering £500 contributory bursaries. The bursaries are available to all eligible students on MSc courses across Welsh Universities.

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