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PhD Programme

Ph. D. Programme

Admission into PhD programme is done through a written test + viva. Students who have cleared UGC-NET have to appear only for the via. An advertisement for PhD admission normally appears in April & November for admission into 1st semester & 2nd semester respectively. Working professionals (for instance, college teachers) may also seek admission as part-time PhD students. Admission route is the same for part-time & full-time PhD students. Click here to see more details.

 

During their PhD students will carry out original research work asking new questions and discovering new aspects not known earlier to anyone. In their pursuit of new knowledge students will be guided by a faculty member. A PhD student may do his/her research in one of the following areas where our own faculty members are actively engaged
  • High energy physics

  • Condensed matter

  • Optics, Atomic and Molecular physics

  • Gravitation, Astrophysics and Cosmology

  • Nuclear Physics

  • Mathematical Physics

  • Foundations of Quantum Mechanics

  • Nonlinear Dynamics

Students have to complete certain course-work during the 1st year of their PhD. The course work is comprises of foundational courses in Physics & courses belonging to the student’s research area. Foundational courses are chosen from Quantum mechanics, Statistical mechanics, Electromagnetic theory, Solid state physics, Classical mechanics. Courses belonging to the research area could be introductory or advanced depending on the students own background. Course work is rigorous. Heavy emphasis is given to problem solving in these courses. All students have to complete a course in Research Methodology sometime during their PhD.

 

After completing course work, students have to clear a qualifying examination before they can register for a PhD thesis. The qualifying examination is based mainly on the course work done by the student during the 1st year. More details can be found here. Students get a maximum of two chances to clear the qualifying examination.

 

On completing the qualifying examination successfully, he/she can register for a PhD thesis & be fully occupied pursuing research work. As a first step towards research, students have to carry in-depth study of current status of research in their field & think of relevant research questions that they will work upon during their PhD. A result of this work & thought has to be presented & defended in the form of a Research proposal to their Doctoral Advisory Committee (DAC).

 

A student then continues to work on his research questions. At the end of it all the student communicates his/her research findings to the entire research community through research papers in Jorunals & finally writes up a PhD thesis. The PhD thesis is then evaulated by experts & the student has to defend their thesis. Finally, after successfully defending the thesis the student is awarded a PhD degree.

 

News


  • PhD Admission for semester II 2016-17: Admission to PhD program for the second semester is now open. Admission is based on an Entrance test and interview. Last date for applying is 14th of December, 2016 (5:00 pm). Link: Apply for admission

  • Goa Physics Researchers Meet: The department is organizing a day long meeting of physics researchers in Goa on the 9th of December, 2016. Prof. Mandar Deshmukh (TIFR, Mumbai) will be the chief guest during the meeting.

  • Public lecture by Prof. Philip Diamond: Square Kilometer Array (SKA), Director General, Prof. Philip Diamond visited the campus along with other SKA dignitaries on 10 of November, 2016. Prof. Diamond delivered a public lecture titled: From Dawn of Time to Life in Universe: How SKA will change our perception of the cosmos.


Seminar corner

Weekly Department seminar
 
Topic : Introduction to Supersymmetry 
Speaker: Akhila Mohan
Date: 26/11/2016 (Saturday)
Time: 10:00 am
Venue: L202
 

Contact us

Dr. Toby Joseph
Head, Department of Physics 
BITS-Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus
NH-17B, Zuarinagar, Goa-403726, INDIA
Tel.  + 91 (832) 2580 145
Fax:+ 91 (832) 2580 148 
Email: toby@goa.bits-pilani.ac.in 
 
Last modified: October 24, 2016.   

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