Graduate Programs

Ready to take your studies to the next level? Our graduate students have the opportunity to choose from a diverse portfolio of research topics and techniques in:

  • Computational and Theoretical Physics
  • Experimental Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
  • Experimental Optics and Laser Physics

To prepare our students to make the future breakthroughs in research, we teach them the basics of emerging fields on quantum materials, quantum optics and quantum computation. To make our graduates more competitive for industry jobs, we provide them with hands-on experiences with high tech instruments and machine learning applications. To focus our training, we have developed four M.S. course threads:

  • Materials Physics,
  • Computational Physics,
  • Instrumentation, and
  • Spectroscopy.

Numerous Research and Training Opportunities

Lab in the Center for Nanoscale Materials and Biointegration.

Our students receive training in cutting-edge technologies and computation, by pursuing one of the three focus areas of our research program, where the Department of Physics has established excellence and international recognition:

  • High Performance Computing, Modeling, and Simulation of Quantum Materials
  • Advanced Materials under Extreme Environments and Stimuli
  • Lasers, Optics, and Photonics

In addition, the department hosts three collaborative research centers and programs:

Physics graduate students also have the opportunity to collaborate with national laboratories, including Oakridge National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Ames Laboratory, and the Naval Research Laboratory.

Research at UAB Physics is not confined within the borders of the United States. Our Ph.D. students have the opportunity to work with prominent scientists and research centers across the world.


Any questions about our graduate programs can be directed to Mary Ellen Zvanut.

Master's Program


Ph.D. Program