Doctorate Degrees in Particle Physics

Compare 4 PhD Programs in Particle Physics

Particle Physics

A doctorate, also known as a PhD, is a unique degree and the highest level a student can earn. It involves three or more years of independent research on an original subject. Comparatively few students attempt the level of advanced academic work it requires.

You might be wondering, what is a PhD in Particle Physics? The program equips students with the knowledge and skills related to answering fundamental questions about the nature of matter, mass and energy and their relation to the asymmetric matter-antimatter history of the universe. Research topics include studying the interactions of fundamental particles, implementing and evaluating particle components and developing software for experimentation purposes. Graduates work with a mentor to choose a detailed topic for their doctorate project.

Graduates of a PhD program discover many benefits in their professional and personal lives. These include highly developed oral and written communication skills. They also engage in public outreach, including working with the media, participating in science events and volunteering in local schools.

Program costs vary considerably among universities. Interested students should contact schools and request details about fees and cost expectations.

Careers for graduates of this program mainly focus on academia. These include professorships, research scientists and laboratory researchers. However, a particle physics doctorate may also be a pathway toward a career outside of physics research. There are a variety of positions in government, such as congressional science fellow, that are a good fit for graduates. Likewise, science policy advisor and appropriations director are two other jobs students with a doctorate in particle physics may want to explore.

A variety of international options exists for PhD programs. Many schools offer most of their classes in distance learning modules to accommodate the busy lifestyles of active professionals. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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PhD in Astroparticle Physics

GSSI - Gran Sasso Science Institute
Campus Full time 4 years November 2018 Italy L'Aquila

The main aim of the curriculum in Astroparticle Physics is to provide the entrance points and the scientific and cultural tools to participate successfully to the researches in particle physics, nuclear physics, and astrophysics, high energy astrophysics, gravitation, and cosmology. A special attention will be given to experimental and phenomenological aspects. Moreover, the Ph.D. student in Astroparticle Physics at GSSI will have a special opportunity to follow and participate to the research conducted at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories (LNGS), with its wide community of scientists from all over the world. [+]

The main aim of the curriculum in Astroparticle Physics is to provide the entrance points and the scientific and cultural tools to participate successfully to the researches in particle physics, nuclear physics, and astrophysics, high energy astrophysics, gravitation, and cosmology. A special attention will be given to experimental and phenomenological aspects. Moreover, the PhD student in Astroparticle Physics at GSSI will have a special opportunity to follow and participate to the research conducted at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories (LNGS), with its wide community of scientists from all over the world.

The Astroparticle Physics curriculum consists of 4 years of study and research. The first year a wide choice of courses will cover a large spectrum of topics and the year will be concluded by a final exam. Students will work on a research project under the supervision of one or more teachers and scientists of the GSSI, of the INFN Gran Sasso National Laboratory and/or of the professors of the University of L'Aquila. Interdisciplinary approaches to the studies and research, exchanges of ideas and innovations are strongly encouraged.... [-]


PhD in Condensed Matter Physics

International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years October 2018 Italy Trieste + 1 more

SISSA has just launched a new program for faster access to a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics. The best students will be able to attend lectures at SISSA while still attending their last year of the Master course in Physics at the University of Trieste. [+]

SISSA welcomes applications for up to 6 positions for a new Fast Track Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics starting in October 2016

SISSA has just launched a new program for faster access to a Ph.D. in condensed matter physics. The best students will be able to attend lectures at SISSA while still attending their last year of the Master course in Physics at the University of Trieste.

The Ph.D. course in “Theory and numerical simulation of condensed matter” is a rich and complete post-graduate program of up to 4 years of training and research covering the various aspects of the field. The fast-track program allows students to start their research careers one year earlier, studying and working in a vibrant international environment. Students at SISSA have ongoing close interaction with their supervisors as well as with several scientists and specialists in their field of study.... [-]


PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics

International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years October 2018 Italy Trieste

The Ph.D. in Theoretical Particle Physics has always been part of the postgraduate programmes on offer at SISSA. More than a hundred students have obtained a Ph.D. qualification in Theoretical Particle Physics since SISSA started offering the course. [+]

The Ph.D. in Theoretical Particle Physics has always been part of the postgraduate programmes on offer at SISSA. More than a hundred students have obtained a Ph.D. qualification in Theoretical Particle Physics since SISSA started offering the course.

Every year, five students are selected to attend this 3-year programme (plus an extra year, if needed) of study and research. During the first year, students attend about 450 hours of postgraduate courses covering a wide spectrum of topics, ranging from phenomenology to the more formal aspects of theoretical particle physics. Each student has to select a subset of them and pass the relevant exams within the first year.

The main research lines are Physics at the LHC, Physics Beyond the Standard Model, Neutrino Physics, String Theory, the AdS/CFT correspondence and alternative Quantum Theories of Gravity. Students benefit from the rich environment of scientific institutions of the Trieste area, such as the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the Physics Department of the University of Trieste and the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN).... [-]


PhD in Astroparticle Physics

International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years October 2018 Italy Trieste

Astroparticle Physics represents one of the preeminent interests of SISSA and has been singled out as one of the areas that SISSA will further strengthen in the near future. It is a young and interdisciplinary field, [+]

Astroparticle Physics represents one of the preeminent interests of SISSA and has been singled out as one of the areas that SISSA will further strengthen in the near future. It is a young and interdisciplinary field, at the frontier among Astrophysics, Cosmology, and Particle Physics, addressing some of the most pressing and fundamental questions in Science today, such as understanding the nature of gravity, explaining the origin and evolution of the Universe and identifying the nature of its constituents, including dark matter and dark energy.

In recent years the field has witnessed a rapid growth, also in connection to the wealth of new data and the rich experimental programmes in progress. The focus at SISSA is to connect the new insights offered by these exciting phenomenological developments to the forefront of the theoretical research in the field.... [-]