What's it like to study a PhD in Nuclear Physics?
Working under the guidance of an expert supervisor, you'll work towards completing a thesis that will make an original contribution to the field. Your research will likely involve collaboration with local research centres and you may also have the opportunity to attend conferences and publish your work.
Possible research areas include:
- Nuclear astrophysics
- Nuclear radiation
- Nuclear fuel cycles
- Nuclear waste disposal
- Radiation protection
- Radiation therapeutics
Undergraduate research opportunities are also available in Nuclear Physics, though these are less likely to be advertised with dedicated funding attached.
Most PhD programmes in Nuclear Physics will require you to submit an 80,000-word thesis at the end of your first year, though some programmes will also ask you to complete a 30,000-word research portfolio during your first year. You'll also complete oral defences of your thesis at certain points during your study.
As well as core science classes, you'll also have the opportunity to take language classes to improve your communication skills.