University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Photon Physics

The programme covers research in photoionisation, laser and electron impact excitation experiments; it also has a strong research programme in laser photomedicine, in laser development including fibre lasers, and in non-linear optics; other research groups include the astronomy and astrophysics groups research covers a wide range of observational, modeling, theoretical and technological interests; the biological physics group's research is centred on bio-interfaces, addressing issues such as biophysics conformations of interfacially immobilised proteins and design peptides, surface bio-compatibility, controlled release of plasmid DNA and effects of surface chemistries and topology on vacular cell growth and tissue structuring mediated by extracellular membrane proteins; the condensed matter physics group has an experimental programme studying superfluid helium, and mesoscopic physics; the nonlinear and liquid crystal physics group has a progamme of research in many aspects of liquid crystal physics and in chaos, turbulence, vortices and granular flows; the nuclear physics group has a wide programme including exotic nuclei using radioactive beams; nuclei far from stability using tagging techniques; neutron-rich nuclei produced in fission and laser spectroscopy of rare isotopes.

Entry requirements

An Upper Second Class UK Honours degree or overseas equivalent is required. For overseas applicants an English Language qualification is required: TOEFL individual written test score of 5.0, and overall total 570 (paper based), 230 (computer based), 90 (internet based) or IELTS 6.5.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time September 2016 - 36 months
PhD Part-time September 2016 - 72 months
PhD Full-time January 2017 - 36 months
PhD Part-time January 2017 - 72 months
PhD Full-time April 2017 - 36 months
PhD Part-time April 2017 - 72 months
PhD Full-time July 2017 - 36 months
PhD Part-time July 2017 - 72 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

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Key information

School of Physics and Astronomy
Telephone number: 
0161 306 3673