Graduate Program

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The Duke graduate program in physics equips promising students from all over the world with the skills and experience to perform cutting-edge scientific research in physics. Our students go on to become the next generation of leading teachers, scholars, researchers and professionals.

Graduate education at Duke is designed to solidify students' command of the concepts and methods of the discipline through course work and research. Students participate in state-of-the-art research early in their tenure, working closely with a faculty member, to gain personal research experience and a deep understanding of a particular subfield. The education culminates in the completion of a Ph.D. dissertation based on an original piece of research.

Faculty, students and staff within the department maintain a professional environment with a welcoming culture and a truly international climate, so that all students can fully develop their talents and the joy of doing science pervades everyone's experience.