Ph.D. in Physics

Wayne State's Ph.D. in Physics allows students to further their studies in the general field of physics while also putting emphasis on one or two specific fields of interest. This involves a combination of coursework and the completion of an original, scholarly piece of research that is then presented as a Ph.D. dissertation.

Areas of specialization include nuclear physics, high energy physics, condensed matter physics, astrophysics, atomic physics, materials science, optics, mathematical physics, quantum field theory and applied physics. Practical applications for specific theoretical training and skills practiced in a physics Ph.D. program can include engineering, product development, consulting, teaching and more.


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