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PhD Studentships and Taught Masters in Physics and Astronomy

PhD Studentships and Taught Masters in Physics and Astronomy

The University of Glasgow is a world leading institution and was the first UK university to be rated as 5 Stars Plus overall (QS World University Rankings 2015). With more than 28,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, and a global community of over 291,000 contactable alumni, we are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities, and are a broad-based, research intensive institution with a global reach.

The School of Physics and Astronomy

The School of Physics and Astronomy has an outstanding research reputation. Through our world-changing research we are tackling the global challenges of the 21st Century, and significantly contribute to the Glasgow Research Beacons, primarily in The Nano & Quantum World.

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 techniques
  • Quantum sensors and quantum interferometry
  • Imaging with entanglement

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
  • Interferometry: studies of the influence of quantum effects on measurements of macroscopic objects
  • Studies of optical systems to be used in space-based GW detectors

Materials and Condensed Matter Physics

  • 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
  • Quantitative chemical characterisation of nanoscale precipitates

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 Experiment

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

Particle Physics Theory

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

Quantum Theory

  • Quantum information and quantum optics
  • Foundations of quantum theory and quantum metrology
  • Chiral Light - Matter Interactions
  • Topology of matter waves

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