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Experimental Physics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 215 Experimental Physics 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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PhD in Mechanical and Systems Engineering: Manufacturing of the Next Generation All-Solid-State Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

Award summary. 100% home fees covered and a minimum tax-free annual living allowance of £19,237 (2024/25 UKRI rate). International applicants are welcome to apply but will be required to cover the difference between Home and International fees. Read more

Discovery of new sustainable permanent magnets for electric motors and generators

High-performance permanent magnets are needed for electric motors and generators which are essential for the decarbonisation of transport (land, sea and air) and energy generation (>25% of UK electricity comes from wind-turbines). Read more

Photonics for Net Zero Enabled by Patternable Boron-Phosphide Polymers

The manipulation of light in optoelectronic devices is a cornerstone for the delivery of Net Zero, for example in low-energy optical computing (silicon-photonics) and green hydrogen generation from water (photocatalysis). Read more

PhD in Rydberg Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics

Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD studentship in Rydberg Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, funded by the Royal Society and supervised by Dr Jonathan Breeze in the Department of Physics & Astronomy, University College London. Read more

Developing novel light-induced in-situ Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) methods

Light-induced in-situ Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) studies are a growing field in both continuous wave and pulsed EPR. It can be used to monitor photoactivated chemical and biochemical reactions involving radical reagents, projects or intermediates. Read more

Synchrotron X-ray Studies of Energy Materials

The principal focus of this PhD project is to apply advanced X-ray methodologies to the study of materials relevant to energy technologies, in particular on materials with electrochemical applications. 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
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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

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