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  1. Postgraduate Degrees

  2. WHY ?

  3. Research Qualifications MSc or PhD in Physics Undertake research in Astrophysics or Forensic Facial Imaging or Physics Includes Optics, Functional Materials, Theoretical Physics, Space Science, Astronomy

  4. Research Qualifications MSc or PhD in Chemistry Forensics PhD/MSc projects: Under the title of 'Chemistry’ are Forensics project provided we have a supervisor. A more versatile qualification to take into the employment market.  Undertake research in Forensics or Chemistry Although your higher degree from SPS would be under the title of Physics or Chemistry these titles cover a vast array of research possibilities

  5. What is a higher degree by research? • You undertake a research project and submit a thesis at the end of the course. There are no set taught modules, although most students follow one module in their first year. • You have your own supervisor who will help guide your project and you will be attached to one of our research groups, but your research is largely independent and you can study a topic that interests you. • No set lectures or seminars means you • are your own boss! • You can study either full-time or part-time

  6. Available Projects • Funded projects are NOT the only possibilities • There are independent study options that you can tailor to your own preferences • Invent your own project and propose the idea to a potential supervisor • To apply for specific projects look on the SPS website

  7. PGT: EuroMasters • A two year Masters degree in conjunction with 5 South East Universities SEPnet (South East Physics Network); Queen Mary London, Royal Holloway London, Southampton, Surrey and Sussex. • The first year will be taught and the second year students will undertake an advanced research project • Students will have the opportunity to study at any of the 5 partner universities or a research institution including Cern, Switzerland, the UK’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, ISIS, Diamond or NPL.

  8. PGT: MSci Forensics • A one year Masters degree suitable for those with a BSc in Forensic Science

  9. Funding: Home/EU PGR: PhD 12 months £13,000 living + £4,000 fees per year x 3 PGR MSc 12 months £13,000 living + £4,000 fees one year PGT: MSci 12 months £13,000 living + £5,000 fees one year PGT: MSc EM: 9 months £9,000 living + £3,400 fees per year x 2

  10. Funding • University Funding: • Funding for specific projects – announced in the spring and emailed to all final-year students • The projects are listed on the SPS website • If you gain a place on a departmental funded project you will be required to undertake a set amount of unpaid demonstrating work. • The funding will pay your tuition fees and a grant of approximately £13,290 per year which you do not have to pay back

  11. Funding Other Funding: EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) and other funding may be available each year but only for specific projects Details of this is always published on and on the SPS website

  12. Funding Self-Funding: More and more students are deciding to fund themselves. The current fees are: £3,732 per year full-time (HOME) (£4,500 Euromasters) £1,950 ? per year part-time These fees are subject to change

  13. Paid work in the department Most postgraduate students will have the opportunity to sign-up for paid demonstrating (i.e. teaching support and marking) work There are also opportunities to become involved in paid outreach and recruitment activities.

  14. Our Students Here are two of our Postgraduate students, Holly French and Jodie Smith. Holly is working on a PhD in Chemistry with her research project in Forensic Science. Jodie is working on a PhD in Physics with Prof. Newport researching the properties of glass.

  15. How to apply at UKent • Before applying you may wish to discuss your proposed research project with a • potential supervisor. • A list of staff and their areas of expertise is available on our website • You then need to submit the formal application online at the following website: • • In addition to all the requested information on the application form, SPS asks that you also state the following on your application • the name of the supervisor with whom you would like to work • how you intend to pay for your studies and whether this funding is confirmed

  16. How to apply • You will also need to provide one or two academic references. There is an area on the form to name your referees, however, it is your responsibility to ask your referees to email their references to and • Without these references you application CANNOT proceed and it will not be seen by the academic you wish to work with.

  17. How to apply Postgraduate study: planning (details, process, ……) The SPS PG administrator has all the practical information on how to apply for a Kent PhD/MSc, entry requirements, etc