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Nuclear Physics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 44 Nuclear Physics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

PhD students in Nuclear Physics are tasked with conducting research into the properties and behaviour of matter on an atomic and sub-atomic level. You could be researching the properties of particles that make up an atomic nucleus or attempting to understand the fundamental forces that govern our universe.

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

Working under the guidance of an expert supervisor, you'll work towards completing a thesis that will make an original contribution to the field. Your research will likely involve collaboration with local research centres and you may also have the opportunity to attend conferences and publish your work.

Possible research areas include:

  • Nuclear astrophysics
  • Nuclear radiation
  • Nuclear fuel cycles
  • Nuclear waste disposal
  • Radiation protection
  • Radiation therapeutics

Undergraduate research opportunities are also available in Nuclear Physics, though these are less likely to be advertised with dedicated funding attached.

Most PhD programmes in Nuclear Physics will require you to submit an 80,000-word thesis at the end of your first year, though some programmes will also ask you to complete a 30,000-word research portfolio during your first year. You'll also complete oral defences of your thesis at certain points during your study.

As well as core science classes, you'll also have the opportunity to take language classes to improve your communication skills.

Entry requirements for a PhD in Nuclear Physics

The entry requirements for a PhD in Nuclear Physics will depend on the programme and university you plan to apply to. The minimum requirement is usually a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject, though a Masters degree with sometimes be required.

PhD in Nuclear Physics funding options

There are usually funding options available for PhD students in Nuclear Physics in the UK. These are usually full stipends provided by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPRSC), which cover the cost of tuition fees, a living cost stipend, and in some cases a research grant.

PhD in Nuclear Physics careers

The skills you'll gain during your PhD will equip you for a career in academia, or in areas such as nuclear forensics, nuclear security, or radiation protection. Many graduates also find careers in nuclear policy or nuclear technology.

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Energy resolved-backscatter X-ray imaging for safety inspection and asset assessment in nuclear decommissioning

Globally there are many legacy nuclear estates – often built decades ago without consideration for their eventual fate – which are now undergoing nuclear decommissioning and remediation to return the sites to normal use. Read more

Characterization of Vacancy-Related Point Defects in Nuclear Materials

The importance of both Fusion and Fission Nuclear Energy Technologies is growing. The materials used must be resilient to high levels of typically neutron and gamma-ray radiation. Read more

DPhil / MSc in Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

We invite applications for DPhil (a PhD at other universities) and MSc courses in Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at the University of Oxford. Read more

UCL SECReT: The International Training Centre for Security and Crime Research Degrees

UCL's Security Science Doctoral Research Training Centre (UCL SECReT) was founded in 2009 with support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (ESRC) and an array of public and private sector organisations working in crime reduction security and law enforcement. Read more

Laser-driven Proton Beam Therapy

Radiation therapy, a cornerstone of cancer treatment, is used in over 50% of cancer patients. The most frequently used types of radiotherapy employ photon or electron beams with MeV-scale energies. Read more

PhD Studentship in Hybrid quantum communication and sensing networks

Applicants are invited to undertake a 3.5-year PhD programme in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sussex in partnership with DSTL to investigate the theory of quantum communication and sensing networks. Read more

Thermochemical modelling of radiation induced segregation in stainless steel clad for interim storage of spent advanced gas cooled reactor fuel pins

Project Details. Coventry University is inviting applications from suitably-qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship in the area of modelling radiation enhanced segregation in nuclear steels in collaboration with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the National Nuclear Laboratory. Read more

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