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Faculty of Science and Engineering

Physics and Astrophysics research degrees

Postgraduate - Research

MSc by Research PhD

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About our programmes

Physics offers a range of postgraduate study options at MSc and PhD level, both full and part-time.

Our research broadly covers the following areas:

  • Lasers and their applications
  • Theory of condensed matter
  • Experimental solid-state physics
  • Astrophysics and gravitation

Research is funded from a range of sources, including the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Royal Society, government and industrial establishments. Our work also benefits from strong interdisciplinary links within the university and with other groups at the national and the international level.

We have well-established links with a number of industrial companies and research centres with whom we conduct collaborative research.

Research supervisors

Details

Open for admission in 2018/19

Full time Part time
MSc by Research 1 year 2 years
PhD 4 years 7 years

Start in January, June or September

Research

Theory of condensed matter

The research interests of the group span across a range of topics in condensed matter including hard matter (e.g., semiconductors), soft matter (e.g., polymers, colloids, surfactants etc.), surfaces and quantum technologies.

Semiconductor physics

We employ a unique mix of semiconductor theory and monte-carlo computation techniques to address issues in existing devices or develop new devices. Current research includes:

  • High field transport in Gallium Nitride transistors
  • On-going development of our Monte-Carlo code MC2
  • Design and development of THz emitters

Soft matter

Soft matter includes industrially and biologically important systems such as colloids, polymers and surfactants. The distinctive feature of all these systems is the presence of mesoscopic length-scales which necessitates the use of coarse grained models to access the length and time scales of interest.

Surface science

Our work focuses on the:

  • Development and application of high-performance computing for quantum vibrational dynamics and properties of extended systems
  • Hydrogen-bonding and weak interactions in biological systems and nanostructures
  • Description of molecule–surface interactions

Quantum technology

Specific areas of research include:

  • Quantum transport
  • Quantum feedback control
  • Quantum information processing 
  • Quantum optics
  • Quantum criticality

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Experimental solid-state physics

Organophotonics

The University of Hull is renowned for its work on liquid crystals materials following its invention of the first room-temperature liquid crystal which heralded the advent of the multi-million dollar liquid crystal display technology. This interdisciplinary research continues this tradition and applies semiconducting liquid crystals to emerging application areas, such as organic light-emitting displays, solar cells and plastic electronics. We also have interests in plasmonic structures for enhanced light-emission and nano-photonics.

Nanophysics

Our projects include: 

  • molecular spintronics
  • lab-on-chip nanogap sensors for electronic detection of DNA / proteins
  • organic memristors for nonvolatile data storage
  • novel applications of conducting polymers
  • new methods of nanoscale engineering

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Lasers and light-matter interactions

The research interests of the group broadly cover the interaction of light with matter for scientific, industrial and medical applications; this primarily involves laser sources and so the group also studies the generation and delivery of high intensity light. Below are some of the areas we’re currently involved in.

  • Laser-induced forward transfer
  • Analysis of laser produced fume
  • Femtosecond laser interactions
  • VUV laser interactions
  • Enhancing light harvesting in organic solar cells (Daphne Jackson fellowship)

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Astrophysics and gravitation (E.A Milne Centre for Astrophysics)

From the Big Bang to black holes, and from quantum mechanics to the theory of everything, The E.A. Milne Centre’s world leading experts pursue explanations for the wonders of the Universe and then share their awe-inspiring discoveries with students, schools and the public to ignite the passions of the Einsteins and Hawkings of tomorrow.

Solar and stellar physics

  • The magnetic sun
  • Stellar nucleosynthesis and cosmo-chemistry

Galaxy and galaxy-cluster physics

  • Galactic archaeology
  • Galaxy evolution
  • Galaxy clusters

Cosmological and high-energy physics

  • The early universe
  • Large-scale structures
  • String theory

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £4,260 (full-time) 
  • Home/EU: £2,130 (part-time)
  • International: £16,000 (full-time)

Please note, fees for International applicants for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

These fees are for all research degree programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit www.hull.ac.uk/money.

For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

The University’s Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of modules (both generic and discipline-specific) to support research students through their programme.

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The library has an exclusive lounge for postgraduate research students and a dedicated Skills Team to provide a wide range of study and research skills help.

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The Graduate School provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the school is here to help you achieve your potential.

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Research at Hull tackles big challenges and makes an impact on lives globally, every day. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chain to slavery.

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Entry requirements

You will need at least the equivalent of a second class Honours degree in physics or a related subject.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

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