University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen


Physics research at Aberdeen is associated with several co-operating Schools and Departments, including: physics, engineering, chemistry, geology and petroleum geology, biomedical physics, orthopaedics and plant and soil science. By the nature of the Department, research is highly interdisciplinary, and in addition staff have close research links with industry and the National Health Service (NHS).

Entry requirements

Honours degree in relevant subject required. Applicants who have been educated in the medium of English are still required to meet the English language requirements (certain countries may be exempted from this requirement). This programme requires that applicants meet the 'postgraduate standard' level of English proficiency. Applicants who are in doubt about their proficiency in English should contact the British Council office or its equivalent in their country. For applicants whose 1st language is not English, it is important that their proficiency in English is good in order for them to study successfully at the University.

Course modules

MSc by Research: Students undertake a research project under the guidance of an academic supervisor and, unlike a postgraduate taught degree by coursework and dissertation, there are no formal lectures or seminars and work is not formally examined until after the final thesis is submitted. The thesis is required to display evidence of originality or present a satisfactory, orderly and critical exposition of existing knowledge within the field concerned. PhD: A PhD is a Doctorate of Philosophy, a prestigious qualification that demonstrates talent, academic excellence and a thirst for knowledge. It usually culminates in a thesis based on research carried out over the course of 3-4 years. The research must "make a distinct contribution to knowledge and afford evidence of originality as shown by the exercise of independent critical powers". There are no formal lectures or seminars but students' work will be periodically qualitatively monitored by the Graduate School.

Sponsorship information

There are various sources of funding to support you during your period of study. We have a number of scholarships and bursaries available to our students, and external sources of funding available.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time GBP 17,200 per Year 1 (International) 36 months
PhD Part-time - 60 months
MSc (Res) Full-time GBP 17,200 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MSc (Res) Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

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