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Computational Physics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 151 Computational Physics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

A PhD in Computational Physics involves the development of mathematical models and computer programmes that can compute the behaviour of physical systems.

What's it like to study a PhD in Computational Physics?

A PhD in Computational Physics requires the development of new mathematical models and computer programmes. This can involve working on problems in areas like:

  • quantum many-body theory
  • computational fluid dynamics
  • biophysical simulation
  • neutron transport
  • beam simulation

You'll be encouraged to work independently on your research topic, which will usually be part of a larger project being led by a member of staff or a research group.

In a typical Computational Physics PhD, you'll work under the guidance of an expert supervisor to whom you'll submit a thesis at the end of your study. You may also be asked to give occasional presentations about your research at departmental level.

Some Computational Physics PhDs will require laboratory-based research, but many are entirely computational.

Typical entry requirements for a PhD in Computational Physics are a 2:1 in Physics, Mathematics or a related subject, although a Masters may occasionally be required.

PhD in Computational Physics funding options

Most PhDs in Computational Physics are funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), meaning that you'll receive a tax-free salary along with training during your PhD.

Some universities may also offer their own funding options. If you are considering a PhD that is fully self-funded, it is advisable to confirm that the programme meets UK academic standards before you apply.

PhD in Computational Physics careers

There is a huge demand for experts in Computational Physics, with careers available in academia, finance and technology. Many Computational Physics PhD graduates also choose to become teachers.

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Theoretical Breakthroughs in Quantum Science: PhD Opportunity in Ion and Electron Trapping at Charles University, Prague

Dive into Quantum Frontiers 🌌. PhD Opportunity in Trapping and Cooling of Ions and Electrons at Charles University, Prague!🔬✨. We are offering a position of a PhD student in the theoretical part of an original and innovative project studying cold trapped ions and electrons (research group of Dr. Read more

Physics-based Multi-scale Modelling of Multi-Material Additive Manufacturing

Project Details. Additive manufacturing (AM) is emerging as a promising alternative for designing multi-material parts for complex geometries in engineering applications; especially in the biomedical sector. Read more

High power laser development

This PhD project will contribute to a major Ministry of Defence (MoD) research programme intended to develop generation after next technologies for applications in defence and security, and is co-funded by Qinetiq. Read more

Theory and Simulation of Time-Dependent and Topological Metamaterials

Applicants are invited to apply for a PhD project on the Theory and Simulation of Time-Dependent and Topological Metamaterials. The project will involve the development of theoretical techniques to study next generation materials and metamaterials as part of a wider EPSRC grant on Next Generation Metamaterials. Read more
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Fundamental physics and applications with quantum levitated optomechanics

Cold nanoscale objects levitated by optical, magnetic and electric fields in high vacuum are a new type of macroscopic quantum system, showing extraordinary sensitivity to weak forces [1]. Read more

Electromagnetic control schemes for the enhancement of plasma-driven water electrolysis

The University of Aberdeen is an internationally recognised centre for excellence for research addressing the global challenges of energy transition, environment and biodiversity, social inclusion and cultural diversity, health, nutrition and wellbeing, and data and artificial intelligence. Read more

Machine learning the dynamics of force-sensing proteins

Mechanosensing proteins detect mechanical forces within cells and convert them into biochemical signals. Understanding the dynamic behaviour of these proteins under force is key for advancing our understanding of this process called mechanotransduction. Read more

CDT-QTE: Optical micro-resonator design for enhanced quantum processing

Supervisory Team: Dr Peter Horak, Dr James Gates. Project description: This project is part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantum Technology Engineering at the University of Southampton. Read more

CDT-QTE: Integrated photonics for ion-trap quantum computing

Supervisory Team: Dr Peter Horak, Dr James Gates. Project description: This project is part of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantum Technology Engineering at the University of Southampton. Read more

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