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>> PhD study programme in Physics <<

The PhD programme in physics involves a combination of courses, the completion of an original, scholarly piece of research that is then presented as a PhD dissertation and the academic internship mainly focused on academic teaching skills. The courses available within the PhD programme in physics are in form of lectures, classes, seminars, tutorials, computer labs and others. They cover various fields in physics and PhD student together with supervisor decide which offered courses are most compatible with needs and interests of given student and his individual research programme. Total minimum number of 40 ECTS points have to be collected during the programme, which allows our PhD students to focus on their scientific research.
The research activities of the department are broad and cover practically all fields of physics, both in theory and experiment. For a more detailed description of research areas, see the website of the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Computer Science of the JU. Specifically, have a look at the Institute Departments of the M.Smoluchowski Institute of Physics and Departments of the Institute of Theoretical Physics to find various departments and research groups. 
The M.Smoluchowski Institute of Physics conducts, mainly experimental, research into physics of:

  • high energies,
  • elementary particle physics (including the structure of hadrons),
  • nuclear physics (properties of atomic nuclei and mesons,
  • exotic nuclear excitations,
  • hot nuclear matter and theoretical few-nucleon physics),
  • atomic physics,
  • molecular and quantum optics (especially lasers, non-linear optics, atomic and molecular spectroscopy),
  • condensed state physics,
  • materials science (with special focus on intermetallic compounds, semiconductors, magnetics, dielectrics, liquid crystals and polymers),
  • phase transition physics,
  • surface physics, including physics of nanostructures and nanotechnology, high-temperature superconduction, medical physics, environmental protection physics, biophysics, organic molecules synthesis, processes of biomineralization in organisms and computer physics. 

In the Institute of Theoretical Physics research in various branches of modern theoretical physics are carried out:

  • in astrophysics and general relativity,
  • atomic optics and quantum physics,
  • classical and quantum field theory,
  • condensed matter theory,
  • elementary particle physics,
  • mathematical physics,
  • quantum gravity and string theory,
  • statistical physics,
  • and the theory of complex systems.

Interdisciplinary research are also conducted in the areas of cognitive and brain sciences, quantum computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Apart an experienced scientific stuff, a large international group of younger scientists is involved in the research: postdoctoral fellows and PhD students. Interdisciplinary and inter-departmental research activities also are possible. We also conduct extensive international collaborations what brings opportunities to visit our collaborators in their home institutions.  These make that Ph.D studies in physics at the Jagiellonian University are a perfect start to the development of an international scientific career.

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The schedule's admission for the academic year 2023/2024 will be published in March 2023.

How to apply?

Apply to the Physics PhD Programme by sending your documents to the Online Application System.


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