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The award
MPhil

How long you will study
2 years

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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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About Plasma Physics at Queen's University Belfast

The research strategies of the Centre for Plasma Physics involve identifying and responding to the major contemporary issues within ionised matter physics, exploiting synergy derived from a close integration of experimental, theoretical and simulation studies, with major activities in laser- and electrically-produced plasmas, ultra-fast atomic and molecular physics and the interaction of ionising radiation and plasmas with biological systems. There is also activity in transferring our research findings into the industrial and medical sectors.

RESEARCH STRENGTHS

The Centre currently comprises 14 academic staff, 9 research fellows and 30 PhD students, with research strengths in:

  • Very hot dense plasmas, x-ray lasers, warm dense matter, particle acceleration, shock waves and free electron lasers.
  • Molecular quantum dynamics: ultrafast processes, molecular dynamics and ion interactions
  • Physics: life sciences interface ionising radiation and plasmas interactions, biological systems for advanced therapy, intervention and diagnostics
  • Ultra-intense optical lasers
  • Cool, non-thermal plasmas, initiation, energy transport, instabilities and plasma chemistry

"Undertaking a masters project on laser-produced plasmas led me to enrol in a PhD in the Centre for Plasma Physics. The opportunity to work in high power laser facilities on ground-breaking research is extremely interesting and rewarding. I have presented my work in international conferences and thoroughly enjoy the high level of responsibility and autonomy I have within the research group."PhD Plasma Physics student

Career Prospects

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Fees & Funding

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PhD Funded Studentships
We offer fully funded studentships to outstanding postgraduate researchers across our three faculties and five Doctoral Training Centres.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

A research degree offers you the opportunity to develop your research skills and prove yourself as a researcher. Queen's is committed to the enhancement of research training and teaching and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study. The following postgraduate research study routes for this subject area are:

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

Mode of study/Duration

Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil/MD (or part-time equivalent).

English Language Requirements

International students (where English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component (*taken within the last 2 years) is required. For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme. Please click the links below for more information:

FEES AND FUNDING For fees, funding and further information see: go.qub.ac.uk/pgstudy

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