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About the course

Research degrees may be undertaken in the three main areas of research interest in the laboratory. The growing number of academic staff are supported in their research by the technical staff and post-doctoral research fellows.

We make every attempt to allocate you to a supervisor directly in your field of interest, consistent with available funding and staff loading. When you apply, please give specific indications of your research interest – including, where appropriate, the member(s) of staff you wish to work with – and whether you are applying for a studentship or propose to be self-funded.

About The School of Physical Sciences

The School offers postgraduate students the opportunity to participate in ground-breaking science in the realms of physics, chemistry, forensics and astronomy.

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Entry Requirements

A first or second class honours degree in Physics or Chemistry. We will also consider applicants with degrees in computer science, electronics, biochemistry or other closely related disciplines.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications.

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, students who require a student visa to study cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision.

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Student Profile(s)

Justyn Campbell-White

Justyn Campbell-White is taking a PhD in Physics.
What support do you receive as a research student?
I've attended a selection of the training workshops provided by the Graduate School at the University. The skills I've developed at these sessions, such as scientific writing and designing a research poster, will be of great help throughout my research career.
What are the facilities like in your school and on campus generally?
Since I have been at Kent, many areas of the campus have been renovated including the Physical Sciences building, the Library and the Sports Centre. The facilities on campus reflect the high standards of the University and make for a great place to work.
What is your area of research?
I am researching ionised gas bubbles around massive stars in our galaxy. The underlying aim for any project of this nature is to better understand the structure, history and evolution of our galaxy. By using statistical shape analysis, I aim to construct a classification scheme for these bubble systems. This will allow for physical parameters and initial conditions to be identified by the observed morphologies, and for simulations of these systems to be constrained.
What do you particularly enjoy about your research?
I’m working on a project that I am interested in and passionate about. I enjoy developing my research skills and analysis techniques and I also like being part of the wider research community, attending workshops and conferences.
Studying a research degree gives me the opportunity to add to the scientific understanding of my subject through my own research. It's a great feeling to know that you're working on something that no one else has done before. I’m intending to continue my research with a career in academia.
Any advice for those thinking of taking a PhD at Kent?
Kent is known for promoting research excellence and the Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Science does excellent work in my area of interest. When I was offered the PhD project, I was delighted to get the chance to work with my chosen supervisors.
I definitely feel like I can contribute to the wider research community, thanks to the guidance and support of the University, my departments, supervisors and the Graduate School. I am sure this will be the same for anyone who decides to start their research career at Kent.

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