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School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London

PhD studentships available at the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London

The School of Physical and Chemical Sciences has a reputation for excellence in both research and teaching. Each of the five research areas has dedicated resources, attracting funding from a variety of sources, including 2 Future Leaders Fellowships and two doctoral Training Networks from the EU worth over 7.5 million Euros. We perform a range of world-leading fundamental and applied research and have a long and successful cooperation with the industries closely related to our main research activities. We are actively developing multidisciplinary collaborations with academia, industry and government services to create new opportunities for our researchers that push the boundaries of research.

Our PhD students are given comprehensive training, furnishing them with a range of transferable skills and a network of more than 90 active research students. The School is a member of the DISCnet consortium offering data-intensive science training to physics PhD students. The training also includes possibilities for industrial placements (e.g. with IBM, National Crime Agency, and BAe Systems) for those interested in data science careers. All of the studentships we offer are fully funded (fees and stipends) for eligible students.

School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London

We offer PhDs in the following areas:

Particle Physics Research Centre

  • Neutrino oscillation and neutrino cross section measurements
  • Precision tests of Standard Model at the LHC
  • Searches for physics beyond the Standard Model
  • Radiation detector development for particle physics and wider applications
  • Contact: Dr Seth Zenz

Centre for Research in String Theory

  • Scattering amplitudes in gravitational physics, quantum field theory and string theory
  • Dualities in quantum field theory and string / M-theory
  • Black holes in (super)gravity and string theory
  • Among other topics, e.g., quantum chromodynamics and collider physics, machine learning in theoretical physics
  • Contact: Dr Ricardo Monteiro

Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics

  • Experimental, computational and theoretical condensed matter physics, including inorganic materials, oxides and related inorganic materials, metals, glasses and liquids, magnetic and hybrid materials
  • Fundamentals of materials properties and behaviour. Examples include opto-electronic materials, organic semiconductors, disordered crystalline materials, magnetic and nanoscale materials, liquids and supercritical fluids, and phase-transitions.
  • Contact: Dr Andrei Sapelkin

Astronomy Unit

  • Theoretical and observational cosmology
  • Planetary formation and exoplanets
  • Solar and space plasmas
  • Observational astronomy
  • Contact: Dr Tim Clifton

Chemistry Department

  • Functional Materials and Nanoscience
  • Physical and Computational Chemistry
  • Synthesis and Catalysis
  • Contact: Dr Greg Chass
School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London

The School of Physical and Chemical Sciences offer a number of 3 year, 3.5 year and 4-year studentships from a range of UKRI, international and institutional sources.

Studentships are open to UK students and exceptional EU and international candidates. EU/International applicants are eligible for UK tuition fees via the STFC award, however the international fees will be substantially higher. We are able to recruit a number of international students to the programme in line with UKRI guidance (max of 30% of intake). Due to this cap, we are unable to guarantee places to any/all international applicants.

We invite international applicants to apply with a view to securing funding from your home country. The College will offer a fee waiver for all stipends offered by the Chinese Scholarship Council as it for Mexican applicants via the Conacyt scheme.

An indicative list of potential projects can be found here.

The PhD at the School of Physics and Astronomy comes with full professional skills training programme offered within the university as well as access to the South East Physics Network’s GradNet Training.

All UKRI funded and institutional studentships come with all fees paid, and a stipend of £17609p.a. (2021/22 rate).

The deadline for applications is the 30th January 2021.

Please use this link to apply for the PhD:

Physics and Astronomy Chemistry

Additional Awards for UK BAME Candidates

For 2022 entry, the Faculty of Science and Engineering will be offering two fully funded doctoral studentships (tuition fees and stipend at the UKRI London rate) to UK applicants from a Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background.

To be eligible to apply for these studentships you must be a UK permanent resident from a BAME background. You will automatically also be considered for our other studentships. Our goal is to recruit outstanding and diverse candidates across the full range of studentships. Please indicate your wish to be considered for this award on the first line of your personal statement.

Please contact your admissions tutor directly with any queries, alternatively, you can contact the Postgraduate Research Officer Rob Miles.


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