Doctorate Degrees in Particle Physics

Compare 8 PhD Programs in Particle Physics

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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 3 years November 2017 Italy L'Aquila

The research and PhD in physics at the GSSI is focused on astroparticle physics. Astroparticle physics is an interdisciplinary and young research field, grown at the intersection of particle physics, nuclear physics, astrophysics and cosmology. [+]

PhDs in Particle Physics. The research and PhD in physics at the GSSI is focused on astroparticle physics. Astroparticle physics is an interdisciplinary and young research field, grown at the intersection of particle physics, nuclear physics, astrophysics and cosmology. It addresses some of the most pressing and fundamental questions in science today: the origin and the evolution of our universe, the nature of dark matter and dark energy, the study of neutrinos and of the ultimate constituents of matter, the search for gravitational waves, the investigation and explanation of the cosmic rays. Places / Scholarships : 10 Scholarships GSSI awards scholarships for 3 years. The yearly amount of the scholarship is of €16.159,91 gross (an additional 50% on monthly basis may be awarded for research period aboard if approved by the GSSI). Facilities and benefits All PhD students will have tuition fees waived; All PhD students will have free accommodation at the GSSI facilities or a financial substitute of 350,00 Euros gross/month (to obtain the contribution, the students would have to present a rental agreement); All PhD students will have free luncheon vouchers(1 per day, working days,except school closures, missions, other situations contemplated by the GSSI rules); All PhD students will be covered by insurance against any accident and/or injury that may occur while carrying out their PhD activities. Requirements English knowledge is compulsory. Applications are opened to candidates who meet the below requirements without regard to nationality, age, gender or religion: Italian Degree Foreign Degree Graduating Applicants “Laurea Magistrale”... [-]

PhD in Physics

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 4 years September 2017 Hong Kong

The PhD degree is conferred primarily in recognition of breadth of scholarship, depth of research, and power to investigate problems independently and efficiently. Students must successfully complete coursework and a thesis containing significant original research. [+]

Joining the Department of Physics as a postgraduate student is an exciting prospect. The Department has received worldwide recognition for its research breakthroughs. The strong research culture within the Department, and in the University as a whole, has encouraged such success, which has been characterized by frequent collaboration between experimental and theoretical faculty members. By pursuing research at the frontier of knowledge and innovation at the cutting edge of technology, our faculty seeks to preserve and nurture a sense of wonder about the natural world and to impart it to students as a lasting motivation for learning. Our postgraduate programs seek to provide students with a solid grounding in broad physics principles and techniques, an ambience conducive to creative and innovative activities, and opportunities for cross- and inter-disciplinary research. The PhD degree is conferred primarily in recognition of breadth of scholarship, depth of research, and power to investigate problems independently and efficiently. Students must successfully complete coursework and a thesis containing significant original research. Research Foci The Department concentrates its resources on condensed matter physics with potential relevance to the technological industry. Faculty and postgraduate research focuses on optical, condensed matter and statistical physics, and includes the physics of lasers, solid state, mesoscopic systems, devices, nanomaterials, thin films, surfaces, interfaces, liquid crystals, polymers and composites. Admission Requirements i. General Admission Requirements Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree should have: obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification; ii. English Language Admission Requirements You have... [-]

Doctorate In Astrophysics

Universidad de La Laguna
Campus Full time Part time September 2017 Spain Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Doctoral Program in Asrtrofísica is the result of the merger of the previous PhD in Astrophysics and Physics Doctoral Program Structure of Matter. Both doctoral programs have the Mention of Excellence of the Ministry of Education and Science. [+]

PhDs in Particle Physics. The Doctoral Program in Asrtrofísica is the result of the merger of the previous PhD in Astrophysics and Physics Doctoral Program Structure of Matter. Both doctoral programs have the Mention of Excellence of the Ministry of Education and Science. Context Scientific, Academic and Social Justifies Proposal Title The Doctoral Program in Asrtrofísica presented is the result of the merger of the previous PhD in Astrophysics and Physics Doctoral Program Structure of Matter. Both doctoral programs have the Mention of Excellence of the Ministry of Education and Science. The huge international strength of research in astrophysics at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands due largely to researchers who have been trained in this center. This has been possible thanks to the implementation of a successful PhD program that has formed in recent years, a immensa proportion of Spanish astrophysicists. Astrophysics is a multidisciplinary experimental science that integrates diverse areas of physics with multiple connections with Mathematics, Geology, Chemistry, Biology, Technology and Computing. Currently Astrophysics has become a scientific discipline of great interest to the society that supports research as a priority area. This interest is also reflected in the daily press, at conferences and exhibitions for the general public, and also a significant demand for academic training by university students. Astronomy is probably the oldest science known and practiced. Astrophysics, which arises from the application of physics to the study of the structure, composition and evolution of stars, has been developed in the late nineteenth... [-]

PhD in Advanced Materials and Nanosciences

Brno University of Technology
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Brno

This programme is based on the cooperation of two universities and one research institute - Brno University of Technology, Masaryk University and the Institute of Physics of Materials of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. [+]

Advanced Materials and Nanosciences CEITEC BUT offers you a unique inter-institutional graduate programme, which in general is based on the CEITEC project research programmes. Currently one doctoral programme is available – Advanced Materials and Nanosciences. This programme is based on the cooperation of two universities and one research institute - Brno University of Technology, Masaryk University and the Institute of Physics of Materials of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. The Advanced Materials and Nanosciences programme is composed of two fields of study: Advanced Nanotechnologies and Microtechnologies Advanced Materials Advanced Nanotechnologies and Microtechnologies About The research is focused on the area of nanotechnologies covering materials and structures to be exploited in nanoelectronic and nanophotonic applications. The research involves the preparation, characterization and analysis of the properties of nanostructures enabling active application of the principles determining the unique and specific properties of nanostructures. Attention will be paid to research into 2D – OD nanostructures produced by lithographic (top-down) methods and self-organizing (bottom-up) methods. The research will consider semiconductor nanostructures, magnetic and metallic nanostructures, nanotubes and nanofibres, supra-molecules and nano-electronic material on the edge of Moore's law, etc. Dissertation thesis topics The dissertations thesis topics proposed within the Advanced Nanotechnologies and Microtechnologies research programme correspond to the research interests and objectives of research of these research groups: Fabrication and Characterization of Nanostructures, Smart Nanodevices, Optoelectronic Characterization of Nanostructures, X-ray micro CT and nano CT, Micro and Nanotribology, Development of Methods for Analysis and Measuring, Experimental Biophotonics, Transport and Magnetic Properties,... [-]

PhD in Macromolecular Chemistry

Brno University of Technology
Campus Full time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Brno

The post-graduate in Ph.D. study programme Macromolecular Chemistry is able to formulate independently the scientific problem, to design the hypothesis for the solution and to carry out experimental and theoretical work for its confirmation. [+]

PhDs in Particle Physics. Macromolecular Chemistry Abbreviation: DPAP_MCH_4 Level of course unit: Doctoral Faculty: Faculty of Chemistry Academic year: 2017/2018 Title awarded: Ph.D. Qualification awarded: Ph.D. in the field "Macromolecular Chemistry" Level of qualification: Doctoral (3rd cycle) Accredited from: 13.10.2010 Accredited until: 1.9.2019 Specific admission requirements: Condition for admitting is a completed higher education. Key learning outcomes: The post-graduate in Ph.D. study programme Macromolecular Chemistry is able to formulate independently the scientific problem, to design the hypothesis for the solution and to carry out experimental and theoretical work for its confirmation. Simoultaneously, he is capable of critical evaluation of published scientific informations and of presentation of experimental results in english language as well. Examination regulations, assessment and grading: Examination and assessment regulations Graduation requirements: A specific number of ECTS credits, final state examination, doctoral thesis Mode of study: full-time study Programme supervisor: prof. RNDr. Josef Jančář, CSc. ECTS departmental co-ordinator: prof. Ing. Oldřich Zmeškal, CSc. [-]

PhD in Physics

University of Johannesburg
Campus Full time February 2018 South Africa Johannesburg

The purpose of the PhD in Physics is to provide qualifying students with an in-depth understanding and integrated knowledge of advanced applicable theory in the field of physics. [+]

The purpose of the PhD in Physics is to provide qualifying students with an in-depth understanding and integrated knowledge of advanced applicable theory in the field of physics. A PhD in Physics is a pure science based research study that requires candidates to demonstrate high-level research capability and make a significant and original academic contribution at the frontiers of the discipline of specialisation. The PhD in Physics demands a very high level of intellectual, theoretical and practical specialized science knowledge and insight into problems related to the field of study and of the application of advanced experimental methods and techniques of the modern research, as well as of fundamental scientific and academic values in generating, processing, interpreting and presenting research data orally and in written form. [-]

PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics

International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years October 2017 Italy Trieste

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

PhDs in Particle Physics. The PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics has always been part of the postgraduate programmes on offer at SISSA. More than a hundred students have obtained a PhD 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). By the beginning of the second year, students undertake a research project under the supervision of a SISSA staff member or a scientist working at a partner research institution (such as ICTP and INFN). The PhD degree is typically obtained 3 to 4 years after the beginning of the programme. During their stay in Trieste, students have the opportunity to interact with about 20 other students from the same PhD curriculum plus hundreds of... [-]

PhD in Astroparticle Physics

International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
Campus Full time 3 - 4 years October 2017 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. A PhD programme entirely devoted to Astroparticle Physics was established in 2004 as a joint initiative of the Astrophysics and Particle Physics groups, and has now developed in an independent research and teaching curriculum. So far the program has awarded 13 Ph.D. degrees and all graduates have obtained a postdoctoral fellowship in internationally renowned institutions at the end of their studies. The curriculum consists of 3-4 years of study and research. During the first year, students are offered a number of courses covering a wide spectrum of topics including quantum field theory, the standard model of particle physics and its extensions, cosmology and gravitation theory, particle and high energy astrophysics, and then undergo... [-]