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Nanostructured Media - Research

Programme Overview
Research is targeted at two complementary themes:

•Nanophotonics and plasmonics
•Nanoscale functional materials and devices

Both these themes encompass our expertise in underlying science and materials for next-generation data storage and information-processing technologies. All international strategies and roadmaps foresee an increasing role for advanced functional materials and optics and optical excitations, particularly in ever-diminishing dimensions. Being able to combine our established strengths in both themes places us in a unique position in the UK and beyond.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

A research degree offers you the opportunity to develop your research skills and prove yourself as a researcher. Queen's is committed to the enhancement of research training and teaching and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study. The following postgraduate research study routes for this subject area are:
•Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
•Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Entrance Requirements

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

English Language Requirements

International students (where English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component (*taken within the last 2 years) is required. For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

•English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level.

•Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.


Mode of study/Duration

Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of approximately three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil/MD (or part-time equivalent).

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects

Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Professor JM Gregg
Centre for Nanostructured Media School of Mathematics and Physics
Tel: 9097 3309


Special Features

The Centre has a full suite of processing and characterisation equipment and operates its own cleanroom and a range of electron, ion and atom microscopes.

There is substantial collaboration with other universities in Europe and beyond and also with companies, from SMEs to major industrial multinationals. These collaborations often involve the exchange of staff and postgraduate students.

Application date

Postgraduate Research

There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Research areas

Research Strengths

The Centre for Nanostructured Media is housed within the 4,700m sqr. International Research Centre in Experimental Physics (IRCEP). The centre has a strong international reputation for its research in nanoscale materials and photonics generally, but has particularly notable international profile in ferroelectrics and plasmonics. Our Centre has significant financial support for research from public and private sources.

In 2010 we launched ANSIN (, a new advanced materials hub formed with the founding partnership of Seagate Technology (Ireland), who have donated £9m of new processing, characterisation and metrology equipment.

The Centre leads the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Integration & Advanced Data Storage which is run in collaboration with the University of Glasgow.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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