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Department of Physics

How to apply

We strongly encourage applicants to submit applications as early as possible, although there is no formal deadline.

Please consult our entry requirements before making an application to study Postgraduate Physics.

Please complete the Durham University On-Line application form, which can be found at .Please indicate on the application form which of the Department’s five research sections you are interested in applying for:

You will also have the opportunity to upload your supporting documentation with your application. These should include:

Academic transcripts,
English Language certificates (if required)
Research Proposal - we suggest that you provide a short document (approx. 1 page) indicating your research interests. This will help direct your application to the correct research section and admissions team.


You will need to provide the contact details of two referrees on your application form in support of your application so that they can be contacted by the Department. They will be invited to complete an online form but can also send references directly to the Department, via post or email.

It is important that the email addresses that you provide for your referees are correct at the time you submit your online application form.


There are no set deadlines for applications to the Postgraduate Degrees in the Department of Physics, but there may be deadlines attached to certain studentships, awards or specific projects offered by the Department. Please check the relevant research section for details.

You are very welcome to approach the relevant named contact person for a discussion prior to application.

Director of Postgraduate Studies - Prof David Alexander

Postgraduate Administrators - Joanne Richardson and Emma Worden

Contact Us

Email address :

  • Telephone: (0191) 334 3745
  • International: +44 191 334 3745
Department of Physics
Durham University
Lower Mountjoy,
South Road, Durham