Physics at the frontiers of knowledge
Thank you for considering Postgraduate Study at Swansea.
Taught Masters Degrees
MSc by Research, PhD and MPhil Degrees
MSc by Research Degrees
PhD and MPhil Degrees
The Theoretical Particle Group would like to encourage candidates to apply for a PhD degree in theoretical physics. The group focuses on the following areas:
- String theory, quantum gravity and the AdS/CFT correspondence
- Lattice gauge theories, QCD
- Supersymmetric field theory, perturbative gauge theory
- Field Theory in curved spacetime
- Physics beyond the standard model
Candidates are welcome to contact Dr Maurizio Piai for enquiries.
The Experimental Physics Group conducts research in three main fields:
For enquiries regarding postgraduate study in the Experimental Group please contact Dr Peter Dunstan
Visit us and how to apply
We require a minimum of an upper second class Honours degree or equivalent in physics or a related field. An IELTS score of 6.5 is required for overseas students.
Before you Apply
Applicants are encouraged to make an informal enquiry with a permanent member of staff who works in their chosen area before making a formal application.
How to Apply
All 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:
- Securing an offer of a place at the Department via the Admissions Office,
- 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 MSc by Research, MPhil and PhD Degrees please include a Project area proposal form with your application
Visiting Swansea Physics
We encourage all applicants to visit the Department of Physics at Swansea University.
The University welcomes visits from prospective postgraduate applicants, and there are a number of possibilities to visit during the year. The dates for 2012-2013 Postgraduate Open Days are:
- Wednesday 14th November 2012
- Wednesday 6th March 2013
- Tuesday 4th June 2013
Postgraduate 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.