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PhD Studentships and Taught Masters in Physics and Astronomy

PhD Studentships and Taught Masters in Physics and Astronomy

With an internationally-leading research portfolio, an enviable graduate training programme and a long-standing reputation for excellence, the University of Glasgow provides an incredibly vibrant environment for physics and astronomy studies. Research students have access to state-of-the-art local facilities and many participate in multi-national, large-scale collaborative projects. The postgraduate experience is enhanced by the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA), which blends the best resources and expertise from many institutions to provide a training experience with a competitive advantage.

Research Groups:

Astronomy and Astrophysics

  • Solar physics theory
  • Observational solar physics
  • Plasma physics
  • Cosmology

Experimental Quantum Technologies

  • Computational and AI techniques for imaging
  • Single photon imaging for Life Sciences, bio-imaging and Healthcare
  • Imaging with entanglement
  • Fundamentals of quantum physics in curved spacetime

Imaging Concepts Group

  • Computational imaging and Hyperspectral imaging
  • In vivo retinal imaging and oximetry
  • Microscopy and Biophotonic imaging
  • Optical manipulation

Institute for Gravitational Research

  • Data analysis: novel methods for exploring gravitational wave (GW) data and extracting astrophysics
  • Materials research: studies of materials for use as mirrors and suspensions in GW detectors
  • Enhancing the sensitivity of future GW detectors using cryogenics
  • Studies of optical systems to be used in space-based GW detectors

Materials and Condensed Matter Physics

  • Development of hybrid plasmonic meta-materials and devices
  • Fabrication and analysis of functional nanomaterials for device technologies
  • Nanopatterned and skyrmionic magnetic materials for spintronic applications
  • Development of advanced electron microscopy techniques using fast pixelated detectors

Nuclear and Hadron Physics

  • Investigating the quark structure of the nucleon through QCD
  • Spectroscopy of strongly interacting particles and the search for exotic states of matter
  • Development of advanced particle detector technology
  • Industrial, medical and other applications of nuclear science


  • Atom cooling and trapping for quantum technologies
  • Optics with complex vector light fields
  • Quantum optics, single photon imaging and ranging
  • Transformation optics beyond lenses and mirrors

Particle Physics Theory

  • Precision tests of the Standard Model through Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD)
  • Searches for new physics through rare weak decays of hadrons
  • Phenomenology for the Large Hadron Collider
  • Beyond the Standard Model (BSM) physics, Higgs and top quark physics

Particle Physics Experiment

  • Higgs, top quark, precision QCD, and BSM physics searches
  • ATLAS, LHCb, NA62 and T2K experiments
  • Future neutrino and linear collider experiments
  • Development of detector systems

Quantum Theory

  • Quantum information and quantum optics
  • Foundations of quantum theory and quantum metrology
  • Molecular and atomic light­-matter Interactions
  • Macroscopic quantum electrodynamics

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