Programs leading to a Ph.D. degree in physics

The Department of Physics at University of Tehran also offers a graduate program leading to a doctoral degree in physics. Research opportunities are available in various fields...

  • Atomic & Molecular Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Elementary Particle Physics
  • Gravitation & Astrophysics
  • Nano Physics
  • Nuclear Physics

Course work requirements for each graduate student are determined individually based, mainly, upon their master’s degree and field of interest. Admitted students are supposed to work with a research adviser who is selected amongst the department’s faculty members. The course work of the doctoral degree is expected to be completed within the first two years of the study. All students are required to take a qualifying examination, usually before the end of the second year of their study, in which an oral examination based on their proposed Ph.D. thesis is required to be carried out.

The research work usually begins during or at the end of the first year. Doctoral candidates are expected to complete all degree requirements and defend their thesis within five years. The minimum requirement for a Ph.D. degree is 39 credit hours, with a minimum of 12 hours of lecture courses, and 3 credit hours of seminar, in addition to 24 credit hours of doctoral thesis.

The following courses are required for a Ph.D. degree in physics:

 

Atomic & Molecular Physics
Required specialized courses (6 credits)
Course list Credits
Nonlinear Optics 3
Fourier Optics 3
Advanced Plasma Physics I 3
Advanced Plasma Physics II 3
Quantum Electronics 3
Quantum Optics 3
Laser Spectroscopy 3
The Interaction of Light with Matter 3
Electrodynamics II 3
Elective specialized courses (no less than 6 credits)
Physics of Fiber Optics 3
Diffraction Optics 3
Physics of Non-neutral Plasmas and Charged Particle Beam 3
Accelerator Physics 3
Special Topics in Atomic and Molecular Physics 3
Advanced Optics Lab 3
Advanced Statistical Mechanics II 3
Condensed Matter Physics
Required specialized courses (6 credits)
Course list Credits
Advanced Physics of Surface I 3
Nanostructures, Properties ant Applications 3
Superfluidity and Superconductivity 3
Condensed Matter Physics I 3
Quantum Electronics 3
Elective specialized courses (no less than 6 credits)
Advanced Physics of Surface II 3
Condensed Matter Physics II 3
Many-Body Theory for Condensed Matter Systems 3
Liquid Crystal Physics 3
Special Topics in Magnetism 3
Special Topics in Condensed Matter Physics 3
Carbon Nanostructures 3
Advanced Surface Analysis Methods 3
Density Functional Theory 3
Electrodynamics II 3
Advanced Statistical Mechanics II 3
Elementary Particle Physics
Required specialized courses (6 credits)
Course list Credits
Quantum Field Theory II 3
Advanced Elementary Particle Physics II 3
Elective specialized courses (no less than 6 credits)
Quantum Field Theory III 3
Special Topics in Mathematical Physics I 3
Special Topics in Mathematical Physics II 3
Special Topics in Elementary Particle Physics I 3
Special Topics in Elementary Particle Physics II 3
Electrodynamics II 3
Advanced Mathematical Physics III 3
Special Topics in Gravitation I 3
Advanced Statistical Mechanics II 3
Gravitation & Astrophysics
Required specialized courses (6 credits)
Course title Credits
Quantum Field Theory I 3
Gravitation II 3
Elective specialized courses (no less than 6 credits)
Cosmology II 3
Black Hole physics 3
Special Topics in Gravitation I 3
Special Topics in Gravitation II 3
Special Topics in Cosmology 3
Quantum Gravitation 3
Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime 3
Relativistic Astrophysics 3
Special Topics in Astrophysics 3
Advanced Mathematical Physics III 3
Special Topics in Mathematical Physics I 3
Quantum Field Theory II 3
Electrodynamics II 3
Advanced Statistical Mechanics II 3
Advanced Elementary Particle Physics I 3
Advanced Elementary Particle Physics II 3
Nano Physics
Required specialized courses (6 credits)
Course title Credits
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Nuclear Physics
Required specialized courses (6 credits)
Course title Credits
Nuclear Structure 3
Nuclear Many-Body Physics I 3
Quantum Field Theory I 3
Quantum Chromodynamics I 3
Required specialized courses (6 credits)
Nuclear Many-Body Physics II 3
Quantum Chromodynamics II 3
Advanced Elementary Particle Physics I 3
High Energy Nuclear Physics 3
Detectors Physics 3
Accelerator Physics I 3
Accelerator Physics II 3
Special Topics in Nuclear Physics I 3
Special Topics in Nuclear Physics II 3