A PhD in Physics gives you expertise in the applied concepts of the discipline and allows you to contribute to our faculty's research specializations. The laws of physics are applied in advancements in many areas including modern medical and space-related technologies, climate research and energy generation and storage. Our faculty members are experts in fields as varied as bioengineering and chemistry and cultivate strong student-supervisor relationships. Our cutting-edge research centres promote interdisciplinary collaborations in nano-, molecular and life sciences. Projects currently underway at the Centre for NanoScience Research examine the optical properties of nanomaterials and the structure-function relationships in photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes. Other topics currently being studied by our PhD students include the quantum behaviour of electrons in graphene transistors and a look at possible candidates for dark matter.
MSc degree in Physics with high standing from a recognized university.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
2. An admission offer will not be issued until a supervisor match has been made. Students are encouraged to review the list of faculty members' field of interests and directly contact those with whom you would like to work.
Prospective graduate students must be selected by one or two (in case of joint supervision) faculty member(s) as a condition for final admission. Upon admission the research supervisor(s) and the department accept the responsibility for ensuring and arranging the financial support for the student for at least two years contingent upon satisfactory performance.
A Supervisory Committee is appointed for each student. This committee consists of two faculty members in the department and the research supervisor(s). The committee is responsible for monitoring the student’s academic progress and reports to the Graduate Program Committee.
A PhD in Physics prepares you for careers in various industries, including photonics, opto-electronics, semiconductors, biomedical and biophysics, advanced materials, nanotechnology, energy production, flight simulation, aeronautics, space science, and engineering. You’ll also be qualified for certain governmental and teaching positions. Physics graduates are also sought by employers for non-technical positions such as those in law, administration, business, journalism, financial analysis and publishing.