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University of Edinburgh: PhD Studentships in the School of Physics & Astronomy

PhD Studentships in the School of Physics & Astronomy

The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh is pleased to offer PhD studentships in the subject areas of:

  • Astrophysics, including cosmology, active galactic nuclei and related objects, nearby galaxies, stellar astronomy, star formation, planet formation, exoplanets and computational astrophysics and data science in Astronomy.
  • Condensed Matter and Complex Systems, including experimental, computational and theoretical research in soft matter, statistical and biological physics, astrobiology, quantum ordering, and physics at extremes of pressure and temperature.
  • Nuclear Physics, including photonuclear research, exotic nuclei, nuclear astrophysics, silicon detector development and data science.
  • Particle Physics Experimental, including research based on the two CERN experiments of ATLAS and LHCb, neutrino physics with DUNE, SBND, and SuperNEMO experiments, and direct dark matter searches with the LZ and DarkSide experiments.
  • Particle Physics Theory, including perturbative and non-perturbative field theory for LHC predictions, the structure of gauge theory, scattering amplitudes, gravitational waves, flavour physics, physics beyond the standard model, cosmology, turbulence and data science.
University of Edinburgh: PhD Studentships in the School of Physics & Astronomy

As a successful applicant you will have a good Honours degree (2.1 or above, or its international equivalent) in a relevant science discipline. You will join our community of 200+ PhD students, 234 postdoctoral researchers and 102 academic staff members to undertake exciting and vibrant research; working with world-leading researchers in a multi-national, multi-cultural, environment. In addition, we are part of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) offering access to a wider graduate school and research community across Scotland.

The School of Physics & Astronomy offers several competitive PhD studentships including studentships funded by UKRI (this year 30% of UKRI studentships can potentially be allocated to international students).

Details of all available studentships can be found at the following link:

For further information on our research activities and available projects go to:

To apply for a PhD please go to the following link and make your application:

For Astronomy applications please go to:

We also support students interested in applying for external scholarships, including the IoP Bell-Burnell Graduate Fund where we have had prior success. Candidates interested in being considered for those positions should contact us as soon as possible to ensure they are considered (ideally before Dec 15).

For general enquiries please email: