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We have 134 Computational Physics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships 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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Modelling multi-valent ion intercalation in layered MXene materials for next-generation energy storage

Multi-valent ion batteries, including Mg2+, Ca2+, Zn2+, Al3+-based batteries, are potentially safer, cheaper, and have higher energy densities than those of commercial Li-ion batteries (LIBs). Read more

PhD studentship in Economics and Computation

The aim of this project is to study economic environments such as game theoretic environments, fair division or social choice theory from the perspective of algorithms, mechanism and computational complexity. Read more

Fully-funded PhD Studentship in the detection and quantification of water in spent nuclear fuel

This project addresses the requirement to develop a means to detect and quantify water in spent nuclear fuel. Whilst water is detectable by a variety of hypothetical approaches, its association with spent nuclear fuel introduces a number of significant constraints. Read more

Neutrino Oscillation Study and Nucleon Decay Search with DUNE

DUNE is a large international project to design, construct and operate a multi-kiloton scale liquid argon detector for neutrino physics, neutrino astrophysics and a search for physics beyond the Standard Model. Read more

Electroweak measurements with the ATLAS Experiment.

A position is open for an enthusiastic PhD student to conduct research at the energy frontier at the ATLAS experiment. The main topic is to investigate further the nature of electroweak symmetry breaking and to search for new physics phenomena using Higgs and diboson measurements. Read more

Numerical modelling of reactive transport in porous materials

  Research Group: Institute of GeoEnergy Engineering
Project Ref. EGIS2023-JM. Understanding reactive transport in porous materials is of utmost importance for a wide range of engineering applications, including subsurface energy storage, low-carbon building materials and fuel cells. Read more

Dark Matter Search with ADMX and the Quantum Sensors for the Hidden Sector Collaboration.

This Ph.D. project involves searches for hidden sector dark matter, including QCD axions and axion like particles (ALPs). Our group at Sheffield leads the 'Quantum Sensors for the Hidden Sector' collaboration, and collaborates with the Axion Dark Matter Experiment (ADMX) collaboration in the USA. Read more

Cosmic-Ray Muons in Different Applications

Cosmic-ray muons are known to be useful in applications beyond particle astrophysics. They have helped with mapping structure of volcanoes and with finding voids in various geological structures. Read more

PhD in Physics and Astronomy - Neuromorphic Single Photon Imaging

What could we learn if we were able to see individual photons with our eyes? Can we learn more if we can see when the photons arrive as well? Gaining access to time information from single photons can allow us to detect the distance to object (LiDAR), see through walls, fog etc. Read more

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