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Optical Physics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Glasgow

We have 22 Optical Physics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in Glasgow

A PhD in Optical Physics focuses on the study of light and how it interacts with matter. You’ll have the chance to lead your own research project that will further our current understanding of reflection, refraction, diffraction and interference. Whether you are researching optical fibres, display panels, semiconductor systems or drug-development tools, you’ll be aiming to improve the lives of millions of people across the world.

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

Doing a PhD in Optical Physics, you will become proficient in the skills necessary to contribute to a research portfolio which spans sectors such as medicine, homeland security, telecommunications, the environment, and computer science.

Some typical research topics in Optical Physics include: 

  • laser spectroscopy
  • biophotonics
  • nanophotonics
  • quantum imaging and storage

Typical Optical Physics PhD research projects take between three and four years to complete. As well as undertaking research training within your department, you will also attend external meetings and conferences and may be submitting research posters as your research develops.

To be awarded your PhD, you must submit a thesis of about 60,000 words and defend it during your viva exam. 

PhD in Optical Physics entry requirements    

The entry requirements for a typical PhD in Optical Physics usually involves a 2:1 Bachelors in engineering, materials science, physics, medical sciences, biotechnology or in a related subject. If you can demonstrate experience in microscopy, machine learning or image data analysis then this would help your application (but isn’t essential). You will also need to submit a compelling research proposal detailing your study plans.  

PhD in Optical Physics funding options

In the UK, PhDs in Optical Physics are funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) who provide a tuition fee waiver and a living cost stipend. Depending on the programme, you may submit your own research proposal before being considered for funding or apply for a project that already has funding attached. 

It is also possible to apply for a PhD loan to help with the costs of a doctorate in Optical Physics (although this cannot be combined with Research Council funding). Other options for financial support include university scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships and charities.  

If you are considering a part-time PhD in Optical Physics, it may also be worth asking your employer if they are happy to sponsor you.    

PhD in Optical Physics careers

A PhD in Optical Physics could lead you down the road of a scientific career such as a lens design engineer, electrical engineer, optical designer or coating technician. You may work at a university, continuing your research or you might choose to work in the private sector. .

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Large-scale photonic-electronic integration for next generation neuromorphic computing systems

Start date. October 2023. Duration. 3.5yrs. Description. Neuromorphic computing has gained huge momentum in the last decade thanks to the emergence of novel machine learning algorithms such as deep learning. Read more

Micro-LED transceivers for AI-enabled Digital High-Value Manufacturing

Duration. 3.5yrs. Description. The University of Strathclyde is pleased to be able to offer a highly cross-disciplinary applied-physics project on the development and systems integration of micro-light-emitting-diodes (micro-LEDs) for digital manufacturing. Read more

PhD in Physics - OPTAMO: Optical Angular Momentum For Reconfigurable Material Properties

Applying too much strain to everyday objects is usually considered a bad idea, since it leads to breakages. However, in the nanoscale world, the application of strain to materials can be highly beneficial. Read more

PhD in Engineering - Chip Scale Optical Frequency Combs

The James Watt School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) are seeking a highly motivated graduate to undertake an exciting 4-year PhD project entitled “Chip Scale Optical Frequency Combs”. Read more

Lasers for quantum-enabled position, navigation, and timing technologies

Duration. 3.5yrs. Description. National infrastructure systems are dependent upon the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), such that 5 days of outage would cost the UK >£5bn [1]. This economic reliance on GNSS, e.g. Read more

PhD and EngD opportunities available in the EPSRC and SFI Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Integration & Advanced Data Storage

The PIADS Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) is a partnership between Queens University Belfast (QUB), the University of Glasgow (UoG) and the Irish Photonic Integration Centre (IPIC). Read more
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Spin Control for Molecule-Based Optoelectronics

From photovoltaics to biosensors, the quantum-mechanical property of spin plays a central role in next-generation photonic materials based on organic molecules. Read more

PhD position on SI-traceable atomic thermometry - available now at Strathclyde

  Research Group: Quantum Technologies
SI-traceable thermometry. You will be part of a new research area for the UK, namely making absolute and traceable measurements of temperature using optical measurements of the Doppler broadening of an atomic transition. Read more
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PhD in Quantum Engineering / Quantum Sensing

By harnessing fundamental features of quantum mechanics—such as superposition and entanglement—quantum sensors offer new frontiers for detecting quantities ranging from magnetic and electric fields to strain and temperature. Read more

PhD in Electrical Engineering - Nanostructured materials for optical metalenses

The School of Engineering of the University of Glasgow is seeking a highly motivated graduate to undertake an exciting 3.5-year PhD project “Nanostructured Materials for Optical Metalenses”. Read more

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