Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (PhD)

Queen's University Belfast

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About Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics at Queen's University Belfast

Major developments include:

  • Strong field laser interactions with atoms and molecules, especially attosecond and free-electron-laser sources
  • Quantum information processing, quantum optics, and quantum thermodynamics
  • Antimatter interactions with atoms and molecules, especially the role of vibrational Feshbach resonances
  • Electron scattering by very complex targets such as the iron peak elements, of considerable importance in astrophysics, and by Rydberg atoms
  • Quantum many-body physics, ultracold atomic systems, and simulation of their features
  • Foundations of quantum mechanics


  • Atomic data for astrophysics and fusion research
  • Atomic many-body theory
  • Atomic structure and properties
  • Collisions of electrons, photons, positrons, ions and atoms with ions, atoms and molecules
  • Multiphoton processes, including multiphoton ionisation, harmonic generation, and ultra-fast (multi-)electron dynamics induced by attosecond pulses
  • Quantum information theory, quantum many-body systems, quantum statistical mechanics, and quantum theory on light-matter interaction

"Studying at CTAMOP is giving me new opportunities that have shaped my development over the past year, and is helping me to develop in a full-fledged way. Although I am interested in work within academia, I know that, by the end of my PhD, I will be prepared for any professional environment requiring the analytical/technical skills, including organisational and time-management ones, that I am acquiring."Brendan Reid
2nd year CTAMOP PhD student

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

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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:


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:

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:

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