Physics

Degrees
  • MPhil/PhD Physics
  • MSc by Research Physics
Degree typesTypes of research degrees explained
DurationDegree duration details
LocationCornwall (Penryn), Exeter (Streatham)
Study modesFull time and part time Study mode details
Start date September, January or April

Research overview

Exeter’s Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials

All research students join one of the following research groups, and those associated with the two materials themes may be allocated a studentship as part Exeter’s Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2).

Astrophysics

One of the largest star formation groups in the UK with a wide variety of observational and theoretical programmes. Our main research themes cover:

View funded PhD opportunities in Astrophysics »

Biomedical Physics

Actively involved in the complementary fields of Biophysics and Medical Physics. Our research falls under a number of headings: Biophysics, Human Perception, Biophotonics, Biomedical Imaging, and Biomedical Electrochemistry.

Electromagnetic and Acoustic Materials

We explore the interaction of electromagnetic and sound waves with matter, and how this can be manipulated using “metamaterials”. Our work involves material synthesis and nanofabrication, imaging and characterisation using microwave, ultrafast laser and synchrotron sources, which are combined with numerical and analytic theory in quantum optics and quantum information science.

Quantum Systems and Nanomaterials

We probe the quantum properties of matter, with an emphasis on nanomaterials. We investigate both experimentally and theoretically the properties of electrons, phonons and photons in nanomaterials (graphene and carbon nanotubes), and in nanostructures (quantum wells, wires, and dots). We also study the extraordinary properties of anisotropic phonon systems in liquid 4He.

World-leading research staff

Physics at the University of Exeter is exemplified by our world-leading academic staff. Our academic team have an outstanding breadth of knowledge, passion and energy across a wide range of research interests, from quantum behaviour in nanomaterials, the formation of stars and the age of the universe to biomedical physics, photonics and astrophysics. that will support you throughout your research. You will develop a strong personal relationship with your supervisor and tutor which will support you to achieve your ambitions.

Our academic team are enthusiastic about sharing their expertise and knowledge with the next generation of physicists, and are on hand to assist you in your innovative research projects. As well as dedicated contact hours with your supervisor and tutor, our team operate an open door policy which allows you to raise questions and issues as they arise. This collaborative approach allows you to flourish by creating a supportive, cooperative environment in which to excel in your research.

Careers

Below are some examples of initial jobs undertaken by Physics postgraduates who studied with us in recent years.

Please note that, due to data protection, the job titles and organisations are listed independently and do not necessarily correspond.

Job TitleOrganisation
Applied scientist/engineer
Associate Research Fellow
Associate Research Fellow in Microwave Metamaterials
Billing Analyst
Climate Services Consultant
Content Scientist
Data Scientist
Design engineer
General Surgeon
Graphene-based nano-electromechanical systems
Head of Analytics
Lab Assistant
Lecturer
Lecturer in Medical Imaging
Meteorologist
NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship
Operational Researcher
Patent Examiner
Post Doctoral Researcher
Post-Doctoral Contract
Post-doctoral Physicist
Post-doctoral Research Assistance
Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Postdoctoral researcher
Project Assistant
R & D engineers
Radar Scientist
Radiotherapy Physicist
Research and Development Engineer
Research Assistant
Research Engineer
Research Fellow
Research Scientist
Research Technician/Fellow
Scientist
Secondary School Teacher
Senior Design Engineer
Senior Electromagnetics Engineer
Service Delivery Graduate
Super User
Teacher of science
Test and Installation Engineer for XPS Systems
Aix Marseilles University
Arizona State University
Aviva
BAE Systems
Bristol Royal Infirmary
CASA, University of Colorado at Boulder
Civil Service
Columbia University in the City of New York
DSTL
Dynamon
Hokkaido University
Imperial College London
Institute of Astrophysics Paris
Institute of Photonics, Vienna University of Technology
Institute of Physics, Chinese academy of Sciences
Intellectual Property Office
Lipson Community College
Met Office
Ministry of Defence
NASA
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
QinetiQ
QinetiQ Group plc
Radboud University
Renishaw
RWTH Aachen University
Sharp Laboratories of Europe Limited
The University of Sheffield
University College Cork
University College London
University of Cambridge
University of Exeter
University of Sheffield
University of Surrey

 

Entry requirements 2018

 

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.0. No less than 6.0 in any section.

TOEFL IBT*

Overall score 87 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

55 overall with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Research community

Being part of a collaborative research community is the ideal environment for you to flourish.  We encourage our students to engage with each other, as well as our world-class academics, to promote a vibrant, supportive and friendly research atmosphere.

The group structure provides a very positive support mechanism, helping research students to sustain productive research; over 90 per cent submit within the EPSRC deadline period, with most publishing several scientific papers during their period of study. 

We understand that it is vital that you are a part of a stimulating and energetic environment with your peers throughout your research degree. We also recognise that being in a position to discuss stages of your work is essential to your long-term success. To support this, we organise a series of postgraduate seminars where research students discuss their work, carry out presentations and swap ideas. We strive to ensure that you are a valued and intrinsic member of a close-knit group of ambitious research students, who will cooperate and provide support to each other when necessary.

All postgraduate research students are allocated a second supervisor and/or mentor to guide you throughout your postgraduate degree and we deliberately create a policy of openness and approachability. You will undertake a full programme of induction and training in order to

  • provide the technical, mathematical, organisational and personal skills required for your research;
  • heighten your awareness of recent advances in physics and astronomy research, through the Colloquium Programme;
  • provide you with essential safety, and fire training;
  • introduce you to the facilities, support and monitoring services provided by Physics and Astronomy and throughout the College.

Finance: fees and funding

  • UK/EU: £4,320* full-time; £pro-rata part-time
  • International: £23,700 full-time

Following your registration, tuition fees for subsequent years of study may increase to take into account inflationary pressures – this will not exceed 5 per cent per year of study.

*This is the expected UK/EU fee. The UK/EU tuition fees are set in line with Research Councils UK fee levels which have not yet been set for 2019 entry. Once these are set in March 2019 we will email to confirm the tuition fees for your programme. The 2019/20 fee will not increase by more than 3% from the 2018/19 fee.

Tuition fees per year 2018/19

  • UK/EU: £4,400 full-time; £2,200 part-time
  • International: £23,000 full-time

Following your registration, tuition fees for subsequent years of study may increase to take into account inflationary pressures – this will not exceed 3 per cent per year of study.

Current available funding

Contact us

Physics

Dr Feodor Ogrin
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
Email F.Y.Ogrin@exeter.ac.uk

Prof Alastair Hibbins
Admissions Tutor for the Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2)
Email metamaterials@exeter.ac.uk

Astrophysics

Dr Clare Dobbs
Lecturer in Astrophysics
Email: phd-enquiries@astro.ex.ac.uk

Research community

Being part of a collaborative research community is the ideal environment for you to flourish.  We encourage our students to engage with each other, as well as our world-class academics, to promote a vibrant, supportive and friendly research atmosphere.

The group structure provides a very positive support mechanism, helping research students to sustain productive research; over 90 per cent submit within the EPSRC deadline period, with most publishing several scientific papers during their period of study. 

We understand that it is vital that you are a part of a stimulating and energetic environment with your peers throughout your research degree. We also recognise that being in a position to discuss stages of your work is essential to your long-term success. To support this, we organise a series of postgraduate seminars where research students discuss their work, carry out presentations and swap ideas. We strive to ensure that you are a valued and intrinsic member of a close-knit group of ambitious research students, who will cooperate and provide support to each other when necessary.

All postgraduate research students are allocated a second supervisor and/or mentor to guide you throughout your postgraduate degree and we deliberately create a policy of openness and approachability. You will undertake a full programme of induction and training in order to

  • provide the technical, mathematical, organisational and personal skills required for your research;
  • heighten your awareness of recent advances in physics and astronomy research, through the Colloquium Programme;
  • provide you with essential safety, and fire training;
  • introduce you to the facilities, support and monitoring services provided by Physics and Astronomy and throughout the College.
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