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

We have 4 Optical Physics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in London

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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Plasmonic-supported Intercept and Manipulation of Terahertz Waves

Applications are invited for a full-time PhD Scholarship (three-year in duration) to undertake research in the area of terahertz photonics and electronics as part of the £7m DSTL funded Electromagnetic Environment Hub bringing leading groups and industrial partners working towards next generation and generation after next science and technology research and capacity building. Read more

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Delivering Quantum Technologies

 4-year PhD programme in quantum technology and quantum systems engineering. Quantum technologies involve control and manipulation of quantum states to achieve results not possible with classical matter, transforming measurement, communication and computation. Read more

PhD studentship in Theoretical Attosecond Science at University College London

PhD position in Theoretical Attosecond Science at University College London. A PhD position for 3.5 years is available in the group of Professor Agapi Emmanouilidou starting October 2023 or earlier. Read more
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