The PhD is a doctoral degree, specifically called a "doctor of philosophy" degree. This is misleading because PhD holders are not necessarily philosophers (unless they earned their degree in philosophy!). That said, PhD recipients are able to engage in thought experiments, reason about problems, and solve problems in sophisticated ways.
Most Physics PhD programs cover all aspects of the subject from Condensed Matter, Atomic and Biological Physics on-campus while Astronomy, Particle Physics and Nuclear Physics are often located on large, shared international facilities due to the expensive equipment required for such research.
Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a sovereign state and a member state of the European Union. It is located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. Spanish universities regulate access to their own degrees and they fix the academic fees. They can also offer unofficial postgraduate degrees. The capital city Madrid has possibly the largest number of bars per capita of any European city and a very active nightlife.
Top Doctoral Programs in Physics in Spain 2017/2018
The aim of the Ph.D. program in Physics is not limited to give continuity to the Degree and Master courses in Physics offered at UIB. Since its inception, this Program has had a proper outreach and has attracted many students from other universities in Spain and abroad. [+]
The Doctoral Program in Applied Physics is an official university degree framed in the field of applied sciences and oriented to different aspects of science and technology. It is an interuniversity program between the University of Vigo (coordinating university) and the University of A Coruña. [+]
The PhD Programme in Plasma Physics and Nuclear Fusion aims to provide the students with a solid background in plasma physics and nuclear fusion, as well as in the research methods used in the field [+]
PhD in Plasma Physics and Nuclear Fusion
The PhD Programme has been awarded with a Quality distinction by the Spanish Education and Culture Ministry.
The PhD Programme in Plasma Physics and Nuclear Fusion aims to provide the students with a solid background in plasma physics and nuclear fusion, as well as in the research methods used in the field with a competent ability to evaluate results. It is also expected that students publish original contributions (including articles in scientific journals) and that they show the capacity for team work and the required aptitude to enhance the scientific and technological progress, within professional and academic contexts.... [-]
The scientific, technological and economic importance of optics and photonics contrasts with its minor role in the German university system. The leading graduate schools that specifically focus on optics and photonics are mainly located in the U.S. ... [+]
Needs for Novel Doctoral Training Strategies
The scientific, technological and economic importance of optics and photonics contrasts with its minor role in the German university system. The curricula of the traditional disciplines do not provide a profound optics and photonics education. Thus, the initial stages of diploma or doctoral theses have to serve as “training-on-the-job”, addressing only special aspects rather than the entire field of optics and photonics.
The leading graduate schools that specifically focus on optics and photonics are mainly located in the U.S. (e.g., CREOL, Orlando, Florida; Rochester, New York; Tucson, Arizona) and have developed into world renowned centers for science and technology. Importantly, the optics and photonics research at these institutions is complemented by corresponding undergraduate and graduate education programs. In this respect there is need of a new educational approach in Germany. Hence, we have developed and implemented both M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in the area of “Optics & Photonics”. The M.Sc. course provides an adequate education, spanning the bridge between undergraduate optics classes and the required in-depth knowledge that is essential for cutting-edge research. The best students enter the Ph.D. program and find the ideal ground for world-class research. Their thesis work benefits from the multidisciplinary character of the “Karlsruhe School of Optics & Photonics (KSOP)”.... [-]