The PhD program in physics at UMass Amherst will prepare you for a career pursuing original research in physics. You’ll gain the tools you need to succeed in academia, the private sector, or government laboratories.

You’ll begin with core courses to establish competency in foundational areas such as classical and quantum mechanics, statistical physics, and electrodynamics.

Once you have a solid background, your primary focus will be original research supervised by one or more faculty members. You will have research opportunities in a broad range of areas, with specialties in experimental particle and nuclear physics, fundamental interactions theory, quantum matter and quantum information, and soft matter and biophysics.

UMass Amherst is also home to many renowned research centers and programs, such as the Amherst Center for Fundamental Interactions, MassNanoTech, the Center for Biological Physics, and the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing.