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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 9.34k / 1 year
  • Foreign: $ 28.9k / 1 year
  • Deadline:
  • 20 Tháng một
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 121pts.
  • Duration:
  • 3 years

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    The department researches the interaction of light and matter over an enormous range of conditions, from high-energy plasmas created by the most powerful lasers in the world, to the coherent manipulation of single quantum particles for implementing quantum information processing, to the creation of exotic states of quantum matter such as Bose-Einstein condensation.

    A large number of former ALP graduate students now pursue careers in either academia or industry, predominantly focusing on research and development

    Research in atomic and laser physics (ALP) involves some of the most rapidly developing areas of physical science and ranges from the fundamental physics of quantum systems to interdisciplinary application of lasers. The themes include the following, using both experiment and theory:

    • quantum computation
    • quantum cryptography
    • quantum chaos
    • quantum memories
    • optical manipulation of cold atoms and molecules
    • ultra-cold matter
    • Bose-Einstein condensations
    • optical lattices and quantum simulations
    • ions traps and entanglement
    • non-linear optics
    • cavity quantum electrodynamics
    • quantum optics
    • high-intensity laser interactions
    • ultra-fast X-ray science
    • laser-plasma science
    • attosecond optics
    • optical metrology and precision spectroscopy
    • fundamental tests of QED
    • femtosecond combs
    • EPR and NMR for QIP
    • laboratory astrophysics

    At graduate level, the department primarily offers the DPhil research degree (equivalent to a PhD). In very exceptional cases, it may be possible to do an MSc by Research in Atomic and Laser Physics. There is no graduate taught master’s course in ALP. 

    The DPhil is a research degree and you normally start working on your main research project as soon as you arrive. A list of current projects is available on the ALP website.

    In parallel with your project, you will be expected to attend a taught course in atomic and laser physics in the first year, comprising lectures, seminars and discussion classes at graduate level. Depending on your level of knowledge, the department may also require you to attend lectures in the final year (master’s-level) undergraduate course at Oxford. Continuation beyond the first year is dependent on successful participation in the graduate course and on original research documented by a written report. Examination of the research element is by viva at the end of the first year.

    The ALP sub-department provides a detailed timetable and syllabus list for the graduate class. Topics covered include:

    • basic light-matter interaction
    • photonics and quantum optics
    • laser-plasma interactions
    • quantum information processing and communication
    • trapped particles and quantum gases
    • high energy density science

    Some subjects, such as laser-plasma interactions and high energy density science, are taught across a number of sub-departments. 

    In addition, the sub-department's journal club focuses on recent research highlights in atomic and laser physics, quantum technologies, and laser-plasma interactions. Active participation is compulsory for first year graduate students. Many other opportunities exist to attend training courses outside the sub-department.


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


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    Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in a relevant subject (normally physics or mathematics).

    Normally, as a minimum, your undergraduate degree should be an Honours degree at the level of a UK MPhys degree (four years of undergraduate study in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, five years in Scotland) or the equivalent for non-UK applicants.

    For applicants with a degree from the USA, the typical minimum GPA sought is 3.3 out of 4.0. However, selection of candidates also depends on other factors in your application and most successful applicants have achieved higher GPA scores. 

    Entrance is very competitive and most successful applicants have a first-class degree or the equivalent.

    If you hold non-UK qualifications and wish to check how your qualifications match these requirements, you can contact the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (UK NARIC).

    No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or GMAT scores are sought.

    • Official transcript(s)
    • CV/résumé
    • Research proposal: Around one to two pages
    • References/letters of recommendation: Three overall, all of which must be academic

    ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

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    IELTS Academic 
    Institution code: 0713

    7.0 Minimum 6.5 per component  7.5  Minimum 7.0 per component 

    TOEFL iBT 
    Institution code: 0490

    100

    Minimum component scores:

    • Listening: 22
    • Reading: 24
    • Speaking: 25
    • Writing: 24
    110

    Minimum component scores:

    • Listening: 22
    • Reading: 24
    • Speaking: 25
    • Writing: 24
    Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) 185

    Minimum 176 per component

    191 

    Minimum 185 per component

    Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) 185

    Minimum 176 per component

    191 

    Minimum 185 per component

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