What's it like to study a PhD in Computational Physics?
A PhD in Computational Physics requires the development of new mathematical models and computer programmes. This can involve working on problems in areas like:
- quantum many-body theory
- computational fluid dynamics
- biophysical simulation
- neutron transport
- beam simulation
You'll be encouraged to work independently on your research topic, which will usually be part of a larger project being led by a member of staff or a research group.
In a typical Computational Physics PhD, you'll work under the guidance of an expert supervisor to whom you'll submit a thesis at the end of your study. You may also be asked to give occasional presentations about your research at departmental level.
Some Computational Physics PhDs will require laboratory-based research, but many are entirely computational.
Typical entry requirements for a PhD in Computational Physics are a 2:1 in Physics, Mathematics or a related subject, although a Masters may occasionally be required.