Graduate Taught and Research Programmes in the UCD School of Physics
The UCD School of Physics has undergone a rapid expansion in graduate activity in recent years. There are now 13 taught masters and graduate certificate students in the area of NanoBio Science and over 60 PhD students in the school. Since September 2006 PhD students have registered to a Structured PhD Programme featuring, among other things, enhanced supervision via a doctoral studies panel and access to taught modules in transferrable skills and often discipline specific skills as well. Research is conducted in both Theoretical and Experimental Physics on scales from particle physics to cosmology and astrophysics, including nanoscale, atomic, molecular, biological and optical physics. The researchers in the school enjoy an international reputation in their field, as witnessed by the fact that the impact of our research over the five years to 2011 is over 3-times the global average for Physics, and that the mean h-index for the school's academic staff is 17. Indeed 13 of the school's 21 academics have an h-index of 13 or higher, so the school's h2:N index is 13:21.
Most PhD students can expect to publish up to five times in international peer-reviewed journals during the course of their PhD studies, which typically lasts for four years and is funded by a grant held by the principal investigator.