Research degrees in Experimental Physics are based on original research work, which may involve laboratory investigations and/or computational studies. This research is carried out under the supervision of an experienced researcher. In addition, valuable transferable skills are developed through flexible support modules, as part of Maynooth University's structured PhD programme.
Research applications are generally accepted at any time
September (or other agreed time)
First-class or upper second-class (2.1) honours undergraduate degree in Physics, or equivalent.
Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.
Minimum English language requirements:
- IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
- TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
- TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
- PTE (Pearson): 62
Maynooth Universitys TOEFL code is 8850
Please see the departmental website for the current research interests of staff www.maynoothuniversity.ie/experimental-physics/our-research
Dr Neil Trappe
Dr Créidhe OSullivan
Cosmic Microwave Background Astronomy
Dr Marcin Lukasz Gradziel
Computational and experimental validation of terahertz optics
Dr Emma Whelan
Star and planet formation
Dr Colm Bracken
Superconducting detectors, feeds, and readouts for astronomy
Dr James McGrath
Fundamental and applied research focusing on indoor aerosol dynamics, air quality and building ventilation.
Dr Patrick Kavanagh
The matter cycle in galaxies
All students will be registered onto a Structured PhD Programme. Students need to pass a certain number of credits in support modules, in addition to successful completion and examination of the thesis. The students original research as presented in the thesis is the sole means of assessment for the award of the degree.
PhD students must take a minimum of 30 credits in support modules (15 in transferable modules and 15 in subject specific modules) and not exceed 90 credits in support modules over the duration of their Structured PhD programme.
Online application only www.pac.ie/maynoothuniversity
Prospective students must contact an appropriate member of staff to agree a research topic before applying through the PAC system.
The following information should be forwarded to PAC, 1 Courthouse Square, Galway or uploaded to your online application form:
Certified copies of all official transcripts of results for all non-Maynooth University qualifications listed MUST accompany the application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed. Non-Maynooth University students are asked to provide two academic references and a copy of birth certificate or valid passport.