Physics (2016 entry)

Subject overview

  • Physics and astronomy at Sussex is ranked in the top 20 in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2017.
  • Our research lies at the forefront of fundamental physics, ranging from quantum information processing, quantum optics, and cold atom physics through a programme of top-rated particle physics experiments to the theoretical understanding of space, time and matter.
  • The Department has a truly international character, with collaborations in Europe, North America, South East Asia and Australia.
  • Sussex is part of the National Network of Quantum Technology Hubs.
  • The Department is a founder member of SEPnet, the South East Physics Network of physics departments, which in 2008 received a joint award of £12.5 million to enhance collaboration in graduate teaching and research. In 2013 – after successfully exploiting the growing national interest in physics – we benefited from another joint award of £13.1 million to support vital research, teaching and development of physics in the South East.

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Specialist facilities
A wide range of experimental facilities at Sussex, at national centres and at international laboratories is available to graduate students.

The Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics research group at Sussex operates state-of-the-art laboratories for quantum information processing with trapped ions, photons and electrons. Our experimental facilities include a range of high-precision laser systems from infrared to ultraviolet, ultra-short pulse laser systems, THz systems and miniature ion and atom chips for the controlled manipulation of quantum bits. Sussex is one of only two places
in the world with the capability to manufacture the optical-fibre cavities needed for quantum networking.

Our postgraduate students have access to a range of computing facilities including the University’s high-performance computing service. Our research groups have dedicated Unix-based computing systems, and access to national and international supercomputer facilities. The Experimental Particle Physics group is part of a Grid Tier-2 node and benefits from access to the Grid’s distributed highperformance computing resources.

We are currently refurbishing all of our research and teaching laboratories.
Academic activities

Both taught and research students are expected to attend research seminars, and to contribute to their group’s discussions of the latest journal papers. PhD students have an opportunity to attend an international conference and give a paper on their specialist subject. Many experimentalist PhD students also have the opportunity to travel to various other sites, such as the Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) in the French Alps, CERN in Geneva and SNOLAB in Canada. Most PhD students acquire considerable computing skills, which they find an asset in obtaining employment.

Programmes

  • PhD in Physics
  • MPhil in Physics

There are opportunities for graduate students in many areas of modern experimental and theoretical physics.

Coursework

Lecture modules form an essential part of your training. These are given by physics faculty members, assisted by research fellows and visiting members of faculty from various research institutions. In this way a very wide range of topics can be studied.

During their first two years, experimental and theoretical research students are required to take at least five postgraduate modules, although allowance may be made for previous postgraduate study. Assessment of modules is by coursework and/or unseen examination.

Entry requirements

MPhil in Physics

UK entrance requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in physics. Applications are also encouraged from students of other disciplines, for example mathematical physics, chemical physics or materials science.

Overseas entrance requirements

If your country is not listed below, please contact the University at E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

If you have any questions about your qualifications after consulting our overseas qualifications, contact the University at E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

Additional entry information

If you are a non-EEA or Swiss national you must obtain clearance by the UK Government Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for this degree. Please ensure you allow sufficient time for your University application to be processed in time for you to apply for ATAS clearance (and a Tier 4 Student Visa if appropriate). Find out more about ATAS.

PhD in Physics

UK entrance requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in physics. Applications are also encouraged from students of other disciplines, for example mathematical physics, chemical physics or materials science.

Overseas entrance requirements

If your country is not listed below, please contact the University at E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

If you have any questions about your qualifications after consulting our overseas qualifications, contact the University at E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

Additional entry information

If you are a non-EEA or Swiss national you must obtain clearance by the UK Government Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for this degree. Please ensure you allow sufficient time for your University application to be processed in time for you to apply for ATAS clearance (and a Tier 4 Student Visa if appropriate). Find out more about ATAS.

Visas and immigration

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For more information about the admissions process at Sussex

For pre-application enquiries:

Student Recruitment Services
T +44 (0)1273 876787
E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

For post-application enquiries:

Postgraduate Admissions,
University of Sussex,
Sussex House, Falmer,
Brighton BN1 9RH, UK
T +44 (0)1273 877773
F +44 (0)1273 678545
E pg.applicants@sussex.ac.uk 

Fees and funding

Fees

MPhil in Physics fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £18,3003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

PhD in Physics fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £18,3003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

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Scholarships

The sources of financial support listed below are for the subject area you are viewing and may not apply to all degrees listed within it. Please check the description of the individual source of financial support to make sure it is relevant to your chosen degree.

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We are in the process of updating funding sources for postgraduate study in the academic year 2016/17. For general information, visit Postgraduate research scholarships 2016.

For more information on scholarships go to the Scholarships web pages.

Faculty interests

The Department of Physics and Astronomy is expanding and, within all our research groups, we are in the process of recruiting further faculty members. 

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Our four research groups are focused on research into fundamental areas of science:

Astronomy Centre

The Astronomy Centre has an excellent record for obtaining observing time on STFC and other overseas telescopes, such as the Anglo-Australian Telescope and the telescopes on La Palma in the Canaries and on Hawaii. We have extensive involvement in satellite projects, especially in infrared and x-ray. The Centre is also involved with the 4m Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy (VISTA) in Chile. 

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Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

Prof Jacob Dunningham
Professor of Physics
J.Dunningham@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Atomic and molecular physics, Bose-Einstein Condensation, Quantum dynamics, Quantum mechanics, Quantum Metrology, Quantum Optics & Information, Quantum Theory

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Prof Claudia Eberlein
Professor Of Theoretical Physics
claudia@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Applied Quantum Field Theory, Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, Cold Atoms and Applications, Quantum Electrodynamics (QED), Quantum Field Theory, Quantum optics, Theoretical Physics

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Prof Barry Garraway
Professor Of Quantum Physics
B.M.Garraway@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Atom-light Interactions, Atomic and molecular physics, Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, Decoherence, Quantum Information Processing, Quantum optics, Quantum Optics & Information, Quantum Theory

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Prof Winfried Hensinger
Professor of Quantum Technologies
W.K.Hensinger@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Atom-light Interactions, Atomic Physics - Quantum Logic, Atoms and Ions, Atoms in External Fields, Cold Atoms and Applications, Laser Cooling and Trapping, Laser technology, Light, Microfabricated devices, Microfabrication, Quantum Chaos, Quantum Computing, Quantum Information Processing, Quantum Metrology, quantum simulation

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Dr Matthias Keller
Reader in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
M.K.Keller@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Quantum Information Processing

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Dr Alessia Pasquazi
Senior Lecturer
A.Pasquazi@sussex.ac.uk

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Dr Marco Peccianti
Reader in Physics
M.Peccianti@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Light, Photonics

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Dr Diego Porras
Senior Lecturer
D.Porras@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Physics

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Dr Jose Verdu Galiana
Senior Lecturer
J.L.Verdu-Galiana@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Atom-light Interactions, Atomic Spectroscopy, Atoms and Ions, Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance (FTICR), FT Mass Spectrometry, Mass Spectrometry, Quantum optics

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Experimental Particle Physics

Dr Alessandro Cerri
Reader in Experimental Particle Physics
A.Cerri@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: B Physics/Flavour Physics, digital electronics, Particle Detectors, Physics, trigger systems for particle physics

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Prof Antonella De Santo
Professor Of Physics
A.De-Santo@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: ATLAS experiment, Beyond The Standard Model, Calorimetry, Experimental particle physics, Large Hadron Collider, Neutrino Oscillations, Neutrino Physics, Particle Detectors, Standard Model, Supersymmetry, Triggering

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Dr Elisabeth Falk
Senior Lecturer in Experimental ParticlePhysics
E.Falk@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Experimental particle physics, Instrumentation for Particle Physics Or Astronomy, Neutrino Physics, Particle physics - experiment

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Dr Clark Griffith
Lecturer In Physics
W.C.Griffith@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Light

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Dr Michael Hardiman
Associate Faculty
M.Hardiman@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Experimental particle physics

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Prof Philip Harris
Professor of Physics
P.G.Harris@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Neutron electric dipole moment, Ultracold neutrons

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Dr Jeff Hartnell
Reader In Experimental Particle Physics
J.J.Hartnell@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Experimental particle physics, Neutrino Physics

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Dr Simon Peeters
Reader
S.J.M.Peeters@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Data analysis, Direct Dark Matter Detection, Experimental particle physics, Instrumentation for Particle Physics Or Astronomy, Instrumentation, sensors and detectors, Neutrino Physics, Particle astrophysics, Particle physics - experiment, Statistical Uncertainty

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Dr Fabrizio Salvatore
Reader in Experimental Particle Physics
P.F.Salvatore@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: B Physics/Flavour Physics, Calorimetry, Collider Physics, Supersymmetry, trigger systems for particle physics

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Dr Iacopo Vivarelli
Reader in Physics and Astronomy
I.Vivarelli@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Calorimetry, Data analysis, Data Mining, Particle physics - experiment, Supersymmetry

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Theoretical Particle Physics

Dr Andrea Banfi
Senior Lecturer
A.Banfi@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Physics

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Prof Xavier Calmet
Professor of Physics
X.Calmet@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Black Holes, Cosmology, General Relativity, Information Theory, Mathematical Physics, Particle astrophysics, Quantum Field Theory, Quantum Gravity, Quantum Metrology, Theoretical Particle Physics, Theoretical Physics

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Prof Mark Hindmarsh
Professor of Theoretical Physics
M.B.Hindmarsh@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Cosmology, General Relativity, High Performance Computing, Particle astrophysics, Particle physics - theory

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Dr Stephan Huber
Reader in Theoretical Particle Physics
S.Huber@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Beyond The Standard Model, Cosmology, Particle physics - theory, Quantum Field Theory, Supersymmetry

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Dr Sebastian Jaeger
Reader In Theoretical Particle Physics
S.Jaeger@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Physics

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Dr Daniel Litim
Reader in Theoretical Physics
D.Litim@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Black Holes, Cosmology, Quantum Field Theory, Quantum Gravity, Relativity

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Dr Veronica Sanz
Reader in Theoretical Particle Physics
V.Sanz@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: AdS/CFT Correspondence, Collider Physics, Cosmology, Dark Matter, Extra-Dimensions, Higgs Physics, Supersymmetry

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Careers and perspectives

Our graduates have gone on to careers in education and software engineering, and also hold posts such as postdoctoral research fellow.

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Research training

The University’s Doctoral School runs a wide range of training courses covering the needs of students throughout all phases of their studies.

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School and contacts

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Brighton BN1 9QH, UK 
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