Theoretical Physics PhD and MSc
This is normally a three year course. The majority of the first year is taken up with a small research project and dissertation together with lecture courses. The latter can range from the full set of lecture courses taken by M.Sc. students to none at all, depending on experience and background. The rest of the course is taken up with research for the main thesis project.
Candidates are required to hold a first or upper second class Honours degree from a British University, or equivalent. However, if you already hold an M.Sc. degree with substantial research content you may be able to bypass the first year of the course and take the degree in two years. The course can start in September, January, April or July, but September is strongly recommended for the 3 year PhD course.
For further information about possibilities in the group, please contact Prof Michael C. Birse.
Recent thesis titles include:
This is a postgraduate course in theoretical physics consisting of both
lecture courses and a research project. The level is
suitable for British students who have completed their first degree. It
will also be attractive to students at a similar level from European
Countries, who wish to visit this country for a year as part of their
programme of study. For non-European students the course provides an
opportunity to study theoretical physics at an advanced level in a European
Course Director: Dr Judith McGovern
Opportunities exist for research in all the areas mentioned above. Recent thesis projects include:
- "A simulation of Phase Ordering Kinetics in the Conserved One-Dimensional XY Model"
- "Scaling Behaviour of Binary Liquids in the Viscous Hydrodynamic Regime for a Large N Potential"
- "Models for Quark Matter"
- "Vector Meson Production"