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School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London

PhD studentships available at the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London

The School of Physics and Astronomy has a reputation for excellence in both research and teaching. Each of the four research groups has dedicated resources, attracting funding from a variety of sources, including 3 prestigious ERC grants. 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 Physics
  • Higgs boson studies
  • Precision tests of Standard Model at the LHC
  • Searches for physics beyond the Standard Model
  • Contact: Dr Jeanne Wilson

Centre for Research in String Theory

  • Perturbative and non-perturbative aspects of (non-)supersymmetric quantum field theories, with particular emphasis on scattering amplitudes
  • The dynamics of branes in string theory and M-theory
  • Dualities in gauge and string theory
  • Contact: Prof Steven Thomas

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: Prof Richard Nelson
School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London

The School of Physics and Astronomy offers a number of 3 year, 3.5 year and 4 year studentships from a range of UKRI, international and institutional sources.

We invite applications from UK and from EU nationals (UKRI conditions apply) for these studentships. We also invite international applicants to apply for the limited number of scholarships without nationality restrictions, or 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.

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 £16,777 p.a. (2018/19).

The deadline for applications is the 31st January 2019.

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

PhD Open Day – 12th December 2018

Time: 2.00 to 3.40pm at the Arts 2 building on the Mile End Campus

Learn more about our PhD programmes and meet potential supervisors at our PhD open day. This event will allow you see presentations from the lead academics of the groups and meet active PhD students.

Register here


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