Physics (PhD)

2020-21 (also available for 2021-22)

This course is eligible for Doctoral loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

21 September 2020

18 January 2021

19 April 2021

Duration

The maximum duration for a full-time PhD is 3 years (36 months) with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 12 months.

Sometimes it may be possible to mix periods of both full-time and part-time study.

Application deadlines

For PGR start date January 2021

20 November 2020

For PGR start date April 2021

26 February 2021

For PGR start date July 2021

11 June 2021

For PGR start date September 2021

02 July 2021

About the research degree

A PhD is the highest academic award for which a student can be registered. This full-time, three year programme allows you to explore and pursue a research project built around a substantial piece of work, which has to show evidence of original contribution to knowledge.

A PhD is a programme of research, culminating in the production of a large-scale piece of written work in the form of a research thesis that should not normally exceed 80,000 words (excluding references and appendices).

Completing a PhD can give you a great sense of personal achievement and help you develop a high level of transferable skills which will be useful in your subsequent career, as well as contributing to the development of knowledge in your chosen field.

You are expected to work to an approved programme of study including appropriate programmes of postgraduate study (which may be drawn from parts of existing postgraduate courses, final year degree programmes, conferences, seminars, masterclasses, guided reading or a combination of study methods).

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members to advise and support you on your project.

Entry requirements

The normal level of attainment required for entry is:

  • a Master's degree from a UK University or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or
  • an upper second class honours degree (2:1) from a UK university in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed, or
  • appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Why choose Huddersfield?


There are many reasons to choose the University of Huddersfield and here are just five of them:

  1. We were named University of the Year by Times Higher Education in 2013.
  2. Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Authority.
  3. Our courses have been accredited by 41 professional bodies.
  4. 94.6% of our postgraduate students go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.
  5. We have world-leading applied research groups in Biomedical Sciences, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities.

What can I research?

There are several research topics available for this degree. See below examples of research areas including an outline of the topics, the supervisor, funding information and eligibility criteria:

Outline

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN is the largest and most important project in particle physics in the world. It is currently being upgraded to increase its potential for discovering new physics. This upgrade will increase the amount of beam in the accelerator. To make this possible, the accelerator collimation system must also be upgraded. This is a vital part of the accelerator that removes particles that would otherwise be lost from it and possibly cause damage to it. This upgrade will be very challenging.

The PhD will investigate new forms of collimation that would help to make this upgrade possible. It will involve the development of a software tool called Merlin, including comparisons with measurements made at CERN, and its use for studying and optimising the new collimation techniques.

The work will be done as part of an UKRI-STFC and CERN funded project and will include collaboration with the University of Manchester and CERN.

Funding

Please see our Research Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Our standard University deadlines apply. Please see our Deadlines for Applications page to find out more.

Supervisors

How to apply

Outline

Pulsed laser deposition (PLD) is a physical vapour deposition technique used to deposit thin films (<100nm) of material. PLD has been expanding rapidly since the early 1990s owing to the relatively simple conceptual set-up, the high deposition rate and the ability to deposit materials with complex stoichiometry. In PLD, a pulsed laser is used to remove (ablate) material from a target which produces a plume of plasma that flows from the target surface. This plume of material is then deposited on a substrate a short distance away where it forms a thin film. These thin films are subsequently used in a range of applications including compound semiconductors, dielectrics, ferroelectrics, electro-optic oxides, high-temperature superconductors and heterostructure (layered crystalline) materials.

The overall aim of this project is to develop a novel method of pulsed laser deposition, X-PLD (eXtreme ultraviolet Pulsed Laser Deposition), and to demonstrate the capability of this new technology by improving the efficiency of the transparent conducting oxide (TCO) layer in solar cells. The proposed technique exploits a capillary discharge laser system operating in the extreme ultraviolet (XUV). The effectiveness of this technique will be demonstrated by depositing metal oxide thin films used as TCOs in solar cells and comparing these thin films with those generated using existing technology. The medium energy ion scattering (MEIS) facility, unique in the UK and situated at the University of Huddersfield, will be used as the primary analytical tool for this project.

Funding

Please see our Research Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Our standard University deadlines apply. Please see our Deadlines for Applications page to find out more.

Supervisors

How to apply

Our research is focused around two themes novel-materials and particle accelerators. We research and develop new approaches and methods to accelerator applications and materials development that will have a real impact on global grand challenges in areas such as the environment, health, security and energy.

There is a wide range of topics which can be researched, including the following areas: [] Artificial Electromagnetic Materials: designing and fabricating artificial materials, such as metamaterials and spatially dispersive media. To manipulate the interaction between charged particle beams and EM waves. [] Medium Energy Ion Scattering: probing the atomic composition of the first few layers with our accelerator system, which is part of the UK National Ion Beam Centre [*] Particle Accelerators: we work in conjunction with international labs and industry to develop the next generation of accelerators for a range of applications from ion therapy and imaging, energy production and transmutation, curing leather, purifying water, and many others.

Research is conducted in collaboration with prestigious international partners (e.g. ESS, CERN, PSI) and other UK universities, and with industry (e.g. Alceli, Applied Materials, Reliance Precision Ltd).

To find out more about the research we conduct, take a look at our Research, Innovation and Skills webpages, where you will find information on each research area. To find out about our staff visit ‘Our experts’ which features profiles of all our academic staff.

Researcher Environment

We provide a supportive and vibrant research environment for postgraduate researchers (PGRs). Researchers at all levels are encouraged to contribute and collaborate. The Graduate School ensures that postgraduate research is of the highest quality and equips you with the resources that you need to become a successful researcher.

We have an exciting and comprehensive Researcher Skills Development Programme available to all postgraduate researchers. This enables you to broaden your knowledge and access tools and skills which can significantly improve employability. The programme is also mapped onto Vitae’s Researcher Development Framework (RDF), allowing you to benefit from Vitae support as well as our own Programme.

We offer skills training through a programme designed to take advantage of technology platforms as well as face-to-face workshops and courses. The University has subscribed to Epigeum, a programme of on-line research training support designed and managed by staff at Imperial College London which will be accessed via Brightspace, the University’s Virtual Learning Environment. We also subscribe to the University of East Anglia webinar series and The Good Doctorate video training series. We are part of the North West and Yorkshire PGR Training Group that allows PGRs to attend relevant training opportunities at other nearby universities.

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