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Entry Requirements

Both the 12-month MSc (2 years part-time) and 3 - 4 year PhD full-time ( up to 7 years part-time) are research degrees. The main differences and requirements are outlined here. You can also find further details of the PhD programme.

Degree Requirements

Students having an honours degree in physics or in an appropriate related discipline (such as materials science, electronics, mathematics or physical chemistry) may apply to register for the degrees of MSc or PhD.

Registration for a PhD normally requires:

  • at least an upper second class BSc honours, MSci or MPhys or equivalent in Physics or related subject

Registration for the one year MSc by Research requires:

  • at least a lower second class honours BSc, MSci or MPhys or equivalent in Physics or related subject

English Language Requirements

For students whose first language is not English, we normally require a score of 6.5 in IELTS or equivalent. It is possible to arrange in-sessional English support for candidates who have just missed this target but can demonstrate sufficient communication ability at interview.
If your score is below 6.0 IELTS equivalent you may be able to study a pre-sessional course as part of a "bundled" offer of English language tuition + MSc / PhD. Further information on English language requirements is given by the International Office.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

  • This degree emphasises research training and original research. There is also a component of advanced tuition via the Midlands Physics Alliance (MPAGS) as well as transferable skill development throughout.
  • Most applications are made in December/January, but applications are accepted all year round and start dates are flexible.
  • PhDs at the Warwick Physics Department are typically funded for 3.5 years (Full-time, and usually take no longer than this to complete). All Full-time PhD students are registered for 4 years by default.
  • Various funding opportunities are available such as scholarships and research council studentships .
  • The Warwick Physics department participates actively in interdisciplinary research through doctoral training centres and with other departments.
  • Part-time study available
  • Further details of the PhD programme of study can be found here.


Master of Science by Research (MSc)

  • This degree emphasises training and original research on a specialised project. These are in similar areas to PhD projects, but must be completed in 12 months and so are more focused.
  • Applications for the MSc by Research degree can be made at any time with several start dates throughout the year.
  • Potential MSc by Research supervisors can be found here
  • A first or second class honours degree in Physics or a related subject, or an equivalent qualification, is required.
  • Funding (university fees and stipend) is not normally available for the MSc by Research.
  • Alumni discount available for Warwick graduates




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