- Supervisory team
Our research has a high international profile, in keeping with the University's position as a leading research institution in the United Kingdom.
We cover a wide spectrum of activities, from fundamental physics to technological applications. Our activities are organised into five Research Groups and University Research Centres:
- Astrophysics group
- Centre for Photonics and Photonic Materials
- Nanoscience group
- Theoretical and computational physics group
- Centre for Space, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science
See our PhD programme in Condensed Matter Physics (CMP-PhD+)
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, Italy, Japan and South Africa. Employers include the Met Office, BAE systems, Renishaw, and Fianium in the UK.
You may start this programme at any time. Most students start in September.
Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.
Your academic progress and general welfare will be monitored by your supervisor.
- Writing up
- Give notice of intention to submit a thesis / portfolio
- Submission for examination
- Examination (Viva Voce)
- Examiners report
- Final submission of thesis / portfolio
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.
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 Material and Chemical Characterisation Facility (MC²).
Postgraduate students are offered a variety of practical training courses and are encouraged to attend international scientific meetings.
Go to our department research page to find out more about our research.
Professional development is a crucial element of doctoral study, not only in supporting your research but also as part of your longer term career development. Our DoctoralSkills workshops and courses will help you build your skills and help you succeed in your doctorate.
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.
First or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject.
English Language requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
- The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
- TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components
You will need to get your English language qualification within 24 months prior to starting your course.
If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.
Two references are required. At least one of these should be an academic reference from the most recent place of study.
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, Island or Overseas student.
These fees are for the academic years stated only. Tuition fees are liable to increase annually for all University of Bath students.
Home and Island students
Tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23
Tuition fee for the academic year 2022/23
You should budget for an increase of up to 5% each year for every further year of study; we will not increase your fees each year by more than this percentage and the amount will be set out on our fee page in December for the following academic year.
If you aren't paying your fees in British pounds, you should also budget for possible fluctuations in your own currency.
Programme titlePhysics PhD
Mode of studyFull-time
LocationUniversity of Bath
Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY
3 months prior to the intended start date (for International applicants) or 2 months prior to the intended start date (for Home applicants). For example, for an end of September start, the deadline is 30 June (International) and 31 July (Home)
Applicants should include details of the following:
- relevant research skills; theoretical, computing/coding and experimental
- academic qualifications and major project work that was performed within these programmes
- any research visits or internships they have carried out
- conferences attended and oral/poster presentations they have given
- prizes or awards they have received
- journal papers they have published
See our guide about how to apply for doctoral study
All applicants will be invited to attend an interview. If possible this will be a face-to-face interview allowing candidates to visit the Department and its research facilities and meet potential supervisors. However, where circumstances do not allow this (e.g., for overseas applicants living far from the UK) these can take place by video conferencing. In rare cases applicants may be asked to complete short tests in order to demonstrate key skills that will be required for specific PhD projects.
This PhD is covered by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS). Unless you are a UK, EEA or Swiss national you will need an ATAS Certificate to join this course. Find out more about applying for an ATAS certificate.
If you are an international student applying for this course, find out more about the visa requirements for studying in the UK.