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Mathematical Physics - Research

MSc by research in Theoretical Physics

The objective of the structured research programme in Theoretical Physics is to provide:

- A high quality research experience and training
- Enhanced arrangements for supervision and mentorship
- Structured arrangements for the development of generic and transferable skills
- Advanced discipline-specific taught courses
- Regular monitoring of progress

Typically the MSc by research takes two years and the student must write a thesis under the supervision of a member of the academic staff. Prospective students should contact potential supervisors to discuss possible research projects before submitting an application. In addition students must take a minimum of 10 credits in taught modules (at least 5 in generic/transferable modules and at least 5 in subject specific/advanced specialist modules) from the Structured PhD programme.

PhD (Science) in Theoretical Physics

The objective of the structured research programme in Theoretical Physics is to provide:

- A high quality research experience and training
- Enhanced arrangements for supervision and mentorship
- Structured arrangements for the development of generic and transferable skills
- Advanced discipline-specific taught courses
- Regular monitoring of progress

Typically a PhD in Theoretical Physics takes four years of full time study (six years part time). The structured PhD programme involves substantial original research under the supervision of academic staff in an area of theoretical physics or applied mathematics and the submission of a major thesis containing a significant amount of original matherial and results. Prospective students should contact potential supervisors to discuss possible research projects before submitting an application. In addition students must take a minimum of 30 credits in taught modules (15 in generic/transferable modules and 15 in subject/specialist modules) and not exceed 90 credits in taught modules over the duration of their Structured PhD programme.

Entry requirements

Candidates for the Research Masters degree will normally be expected to have at least a Second Class Honours Grade 1 degree in Mathematical/ Theoretical Physics or a related discipline.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:

• IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
• TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
• TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
• PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

Candidates for a PhD degree will normally be expected to have a Masters degree or a First Class Honours primary degree in Mathematical/Theoretical Physics or a relevant discipline.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:

•IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
•TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
•TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
•PTE (Pearson): 62

Maynooth University's TOEFL code is 8850

Duration

MHQ04 PhD Sc 4 years Full-time
MHQ05 PhD Sc 6 years Part-time
MHQ06 MSc 2 years Full-time
MHQ07 MSc 3 years Part-time

Careers or further progression

Theoretical physicists are in high demand in the job market thanks to their skills in numeracy, analytical and abstract thinking and the application of these skills to solving problems in the real world. Graduates can consider a wide range of careers, including research and teaching in a university, research in a research institute or industrial setting; public sector agencies, the scientific civil service; banking and stock market analysis; business and actuarial work, telecommunications and in all sections of the computer industry. They lead and are at the forefront of scientific discovery and in understanding the universe from the microscopic to the macroscopic, the origin of space-time, quarks, black holes and to astrophysical processes on the scale of the entire universe.

Further enquiries

Programme Director: Prof Brian Dolan
Tel: +353 (0)1 708 3762
Email: bdolan@thphys.nuim.ie
Website: https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/mathematical-physics

Comment

The Department of Mathematical Physics at Maynooth has a long and distinguished tradition in research. The Department offers high quality education in theoretical physics and the associated mathematics from Higher Diploma to Postdoctoral level and hosts an active community of PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.

Application date

All applications should be made through the PAC system.

Closing Date - Rolling Closing Date.

Research areas

Research Interests
Research interests include nonlinear dynamics, chaos, topological phases of matter, quantum field theory, quantum computing, topological quantum field theory, lattice gauge theory, differential topology and geometry and algebraic structures in theoretical physics.

Course fee

In general, there are two levels of fees payable. EU students from EU countries including Ireland pay a subsidised level of fees for both taught courses and research programmes. Tuition fees for students from outside the EU are not subsidised and are thus somewhat higher than for EU students.

Enrolment and start dates

Commences September (or other agreed time)

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