Faculty of Science



  • Full-time PhD 2-4 years
  • Part-time PhD 3-6 years

Application deadline: There are three entry points in the academic year: October, January and April. For an October 2014 start the deadline is 30 June (international) / 31 August (home/EU)

Entry requirements: First or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject.

Two references are also required.

Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components).

Tuition fees


E-mail: fsci-pgadmissions@bath.ac.uk

PhD in Physics

We have a thriving research programme, with 28 academic staff and over 80 postdoctoral researchers, PhD students and research visitors, drawn from the UK and overseas. Our research has a high international profile, in keeping with the University's position as a leading research institution in the United Kingdom.

Why study Physics with us?

The Department houses world-leading equipment for:

  • Fabricating and characterising photonic crystal optical fibres.
  • A Nanofabrication Facility for the production of nanoscale electronic and optical devices.
  • State-of-the-art UHV scanning probe microscopes in the Graphene Centre.

We also  have dedicated research officers managing our Microscopy and Analysis Suite (MAS) and the Chemical Characterisation and Analysis Facility (CCAF).

What will I learn?

Studying Physics at Bath will not only teach you about the structure of physical law, but it will allow you to take part in its discovery.

Our research covers a wide spectrum of activities, from fundamental physics to technological applications. Our activities are organised into five Research Groups and University Research Centres:

Postgraduate students are offered a variety of practical training courses and are encouraged to attend international scientific meetings.

At a glance

To find out more about opportunities for postgraduate research please visit our PhD Projects page

For further information please see our Department pages.

Programme structure

Most research students who ‘do a PhD’ register in the first instance as probationer for the degree of PhD. Candidates are expected to carry out supervised research at the leading edge of their chosen subject, which must then be written up as a substantial thesis.

The confirmation of the PhD programme (and the end of the probationary period) is subject to students passing an assessment process, which normally involves submission of written work and on oral examination which usually takes place 12 months after the initial registration.

The final stage of the PhD degree is the oral or viva voce examination, in which students are required to defend the thesis to a Board of Examiners.

Career opportunities

Our recent Physics graduates have gone on to further research or teaching in the UK, Europe, China and Japan and research posts in the UK, Germany, Japan and South Africa. Employers include the Met Office and Fianium in the UK