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A PhD in Chemical Physics specialises in the properties of matter and how they are affected by the movement of particles. Through your research, you could help inform the field of chemistry and help advance our current knowledge of atoms, elements and molecules.
What's it like to study a PhD in Chemical Physics?
As a PhD student in Chemical Physics, you'll be working with your supervisor and other members of the department to help develop new applications of the elements and materials that make up our world, and further our current understanding of the structure of matter. You'll likely divide your time between lab-based research, writing your thesis, and attending seminars and conferences.
Possible research areas include:
Atomistic and molecular simulations
Soft matter physics
Besides independent study, you may have the opportunity to connect with the wider academic community through attending departmental meetings and publishing papers. You may also be encouraged to take part in mentoring programmes to help guide your progress.
If you are considering a PhD in Chemical Physics, it is likely that you will already have some undergraduate and Masters level research experience in chemistry.
PhD in Chemical Physics entry requirements
The entry requirement for a PhD in Chemical Physics is usually a Bachelors or Masters degree in Physics with a Chemistry specialism. You may also be asked to submit a research proposal outlining your research plans.
PhD in Chemical Physics funding options
The main body funding PhDs in Chemical Physics in the UK is the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Projects have funding attached, meaning that students automatically receive coverage of the tuition fees of a PhD and a living cost stipend.
Some students may wish to self-fund their PhD in Chemical Physics, though this is less common. Self-funding may be possible through combining the UK government loan with other sources such as a university scholarship or support from your university or charity.
PhD in Chemical Physics careers
The skills you'll gain during a PhD will prepare you for a career in academia or a role in the chemical or material sciences industries. You may also choose to apply your skills to other industries such as medicine, agriculture and forensics.
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Graphene represents a conceptually new and large class of materials that are one or a just few atoms thick. These materials are completely impermeable to all gases at ambient conditions, but, unexpectedly, some are highly permeable to protons, nuclei of hydrogen atoms. Read more
A 3.5 years PhD position is available in the group of Prof. Alexander Shluger at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, UCL co-funded by Nanolayers Research Computing and Applied Materials Inc. Read more
The Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Chiral Molecular Dynamics Laboratory led by Prof. Malte Oppermann studies the molecular transformations that drive biological and chemical processes on the nanoscale. Read more
The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU)is a collaborative doctoral training programme run by the Universities of Northumbria, Newcastle and Durham. Read more
The formation and behaviour of glassy disordered non-equilibrium solids is one of the deepest unsolved questions in physics, as demonstrated by the seminal contributions to the problem by the 2021 Nobel laureate in physics, Giorgio Parisi. Read more
We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated researcher to work on the new challenging PhD project announced at Lancaster University in collaboration with Faraday Institution (UK Research and Innovation), The University of Cambridge, Imperial College and University College London. Read more