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We have 186 Experimental Physics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

A PhD in Experimental Physics involves a combination of lab-based experiments and mathematical analysis. You'll be designing and executing research projects that aim to understand the fundamental nature of matter, space, and time.

What's it like to do a PhD in Experimental Physics?

Working under the guidance of an expert supervisor, you'll be carrying out your own research project, which will almost certainly involve collaboration with local and national engineering teams. You'll likely divide your time between lab-based experiments and analysis of the data you've gathered.

Most PhDs in Experimental Physics have a research objective that falls under one of the following main areas:

  • particle physics
  • nuclear physics
  • quantum physics
  • astrophysics

You may also be required to submit an independent thesis to be assessed during your viva exam at the end of your programme.

If you are working on a research project that requires lab-based experiments, you may also have access to cutting-edge equipment that is unique to your university.

PhD in Experimental Physics entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement for a PhD in Experimental Physics is usually a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, though a Masters may sometimes be required.

PhD in Experimental Physics funding options

The main body funding PhDs in Experimental Physics in the UK is the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council ( EPSRC). Some projects will have funding attached, meaning you'll receive full coverage of your tuition fees and living costs.

If the project you're applying to does not have coverage of tuition fees, you may be eligible for the UK's doctoral loan to help cover the cost of your PhD.

Some students may also choose to apply for external funding such as a research grant from a charity or trust.

PhD in Experimental Physics careers

You can expect fast career progression in physics, with many graduates going on to careers in academia, research, technology, or medicine.

Some Experimental Physics graduates who do not go on to further research, may find careers in areas such as data science and cyber security.

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Improving electroluminescence properties of organic thin films by engineering sub-wavelength photonic nanostructures

Organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) are currently one of the dominant technologies in the display industry and are promising for a variety of other applications in the fields of lighting, optical communication and healthcare. Read more

Exploiting recent advances in photonic nanostructures to enhance electrical conductivity of organic thin films

Since the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2000 for the discovery and the development of conductive polymers, considerable efforts have been devoted to improving charge carrier mobilities and decreasing operation voltage of organic field-effect transistors (OFETs). Read more

Radiation response of advanced nuclear fuel cladding materials coated with MAX phases

Project Introduction. Nuclear fuel cladding materials are the first containment of nuclear fuel (fissile material) and, as such, must demonstrate a reliable performance during in-reactor service. Read more

PhD in Developing Microwave/RF Instrumentation for High-Field EPR Study of Paramagnetic Molecules

This is an rf/microwave instrumentation-based project. The PhD candidate will build an 18.8 T / 527 GHz electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectrometer—to study the structure and chemistry of molecules that can boost the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) signal of biomolecules or functional materials. Read more

Laser Sensing for the Investigation of Sustainable and Alternative Aviation Fuels

The Centre for Applied High Resolution Spectroscopy (CAHRS), within the Centre for Microsystems and Photonics has over 20 years of experience implementing these techniques with a number of industrial and academic partners, including Rolls-Royce, Siemens, NPL, Emerson, Fraunhofer UK, LG Fuel Cells, Optosci Ltd, M Squared Lasers. 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

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