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PhD Studentship 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 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 techniques
  • Quantum sensors and quantum interferometry
  • Imaging with entanglement

Imaging Concepts Group

  • Computational imaging, Hyperspectral imaging and their applications
  • 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 chiral magnetic spintronic materials
  • Development of advanced electron microscopy techniques using fast pixelated detectors
  • Optical nano-magnetometry of advanced magnetic media

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 space-based applications of nuclear science


  • Atom cooling and trapping, interaction with structured light fields, quantum memories
  • Orbital angular momentum and vector vortex beams, application for imaging and sensing
  • Transformation optics, achieving what is not possible with lenses and mirrors
  • Quantum Optics, supporting the QuantIC Technology Hub
  • 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

    For further information on PhD scholarships/funding/admissions,

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    For further information on the Taught Masters program,

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