PhD in Physics at Durham University

PhD in Physics at Durham University

Applications are welcome for PhD in Physics for October 2024.


Durham's Department of Physics houses a wide range of world-class research groups and institutes, including both the Institute for Computational Cosmology [ICC] and the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology [IPPP], as well as research centres for Quantum, Light and Matter [QLM]; Material Physics [CMP]; Extragalactic Astronomy [CEA] and Advanced Instrumentation [CfAI].

The Department hosts 200 research students pursuing cutting-edge PhD and MSc research projects supported by 90 expert academic staff, who provide the first-hand experience and guidance needed to undertake top quality projects in physics and astronomy. We aim to provide a lively and supporting environment to pursue your independent research, using excellent facilities under the supervision of internationally renowned staff.

Research degrees may be undertaken in any of the Department's five research sections. Find out more about:

  • Advanced Instrumentation (CfAI)
  • Astronomy (CEA/ICC)
  • Condensed Matter Physics (CMP)
  • Elementary Particle Theory (IPPP)
  • Quantum, Light and Matter (QLM)

Deadline for applications: Application deadlines open but for any funded positions please check the deadline on the funding pages.

The department is committed to promoting diversity, and we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups.

Eligibility Criteria

You must have or expect a First Class honours Bachelor's degree, or at least a 2:1 Integrated Master’s degree or a Master's degree in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university (or equivalent).

Applications are open to Home and international/EU candidates. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6 in all sub-skills).

How to Apply

You must apply through the University’s applicant portal.

You will need to:

  • Select your chosen research section in the 'Field of Study' section.
  • attach a covering letter and CV
  • provide a short research proposal of a few paragraphs (no longer than 1 page) detailing your research interests.
  • attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.
  • provide 2 referee contact details (specifically email addresses) who we will contact directly.
  • If applying for a studentship, please detail on the application which funding you are interested in or have secured, for example, CSC, DDS, STFC, EPSRC.

Further guidance on the application process and the documents can be found here.


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