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Physics

The Physics Ph.D. program provides students with opportunities to perform independent research in some of the most current vital areas of physics.

Students will develop a solid and broad base of physics knowledge through our core curriculum, departmental colloquia and training. They conduct research in astrophysics and cosmology and in high energy, condensed matter and biological physics that is interdisciplinary and international in scope. Our graduate students train with 30 physics professors and 12 joint and affiliated faculty, primarily in engineering, applied mathematics, biology, and chemistry. Multidisciplinary inquiry is encouraged. The academic program is rigorous yet flexible, combining strong core training with multiple options for more specialized studies. We foster a strong sense of community not always found in larger departments. Brown’s affiliations provide national and international research opportunities. Easy access to seminars and courses of the greater Boston area universities enriches our intellectual life.

Upper-level courses and departmental seminar series subsequently provide more specialized exposure. Armed with the core knowledge, a graduate student joins a research group working in an area of particular interest. This research is performed in very close collaboration with one or more of our faculty, whose interests span a wide range of physics fields.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are expected to have a strong background in physics or closely related subjects at the undergraduate level.

  • GRE General: Not required or accepted
  • GRE Subject: Not required or accepted
  • Personal Statement: 1000-1500 word personal statement that gives your reasons to pursue graduate work in the field of your study. The statement should include examples of your past work in your chosen field, your plans for study at Brown, issues and problems you'd like to address in your field, faculty you are interested in working with, and your professional goals.
  • Recommendations: Three (3) letters of recommendation required.
  • Resume: Required
  • Texts: Please provide information about courses you are currently enrolled in or have taken at the undergraduate or graduate level, and the textbooks that were used, as related to Physics.
  • TOEFL/IELTS: Required for any non-native English speaker who does not have a bachelor's degree or higher from an institution where English is the sole language of instruction or from a university in the following countries: Australia, Bahamas, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada (except Quebec), Ethiopia, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Gambia, Uganda, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales), West Indies, Zambia).

Please also see our additional Information for International Students.

Application Deadline: January 7

Ph.D. Completion Requirements

All core courses, four advanced courses, qualifying examination, preliminary examination, faculty-supervised research, dissertation, and oral defense.

Department of Physics
Brown University
Box 1843
401-863-2641
[email protected]

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Leadership

Department Chair: Gang Xiao

Director of Graduate Studies: Savvas Koushiappas