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The research degrees available in the Department of Physics are Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and Master of Science (MSc). Research degrees are offered in a wide range of experimental and theoretical research areas, which are described in the Department's Research pages.

In addition, the department offers several one-year postgraduate degrees at 400 level, most of which include a compulsory research thesis comprising one third of the degree.

Find out more about the postgraduate papers we offer.

Doctor of Philosophy

A doctorate is the highest research qualification obtainable within the university system. Completing a PhD typically takes 3–4 years, and involves developing, conducting and writing up original research in a thesis that contributes significantly to the student's chosen field.

More information on the PhD degree in Physics, or Energy Science and Technology

Masters research degrees

The Master of Science (MSc) degree includes a major research thesis. Normally, an MSc degree in the Physics Department is done by thesis-only following either a BSc Honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma of Science (or a BAppSc(Hons) or PGDipAppSc). A thesis-only MSc requires a minimum of one year of study.

We offer three distinct MSc degrees:

Master of Science (MSc) in Physics

Master of Science (MSc) in Energy Science and Technology

One year 400-level postgraduate degrees

Our 400-level one-year postgraduate degrees consist of papers and (in most cases) research projects. Students learn advanced concepts and techniques, and are introduced to doing independent research. The degrees open the way to a broader range of career options, or to higher degrees. Students with first-class honours may enter directly into the PhD degree.


Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc(Hons))

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci)

Energy Science and Technology/Energy Management

Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours (BAppSc(Hons))

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci)


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