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PhD Studentships in the Department of Physics

Department of Physics

Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)
Guildford United Kingdom Astronomy Astrophysics Environmental Physics Experimental Physics Medical Physics Nuclear Physics Optical Physics Theoretical Physics

About the Programme

The Department of Physics at the University of Surrey is offering a number of fully funded PhD studentships across its research groups in astrophysics, nuclear physics, radiation and medical physics, soft matter and photonics & quantum science.

Successful applicants will become part of a strong research-focussed department and will benefit from a vibrant research community and membership of the South East Physics (SEPnet) network graduate school. We pride ourselves on our ability to connect pure science with technology and to work across the boundaries between disciplines. As a PhD student in the Department of Physics you will carry out internationally leading research, and you will receive a first-class training and research experience. 

We are looking for excellent PhD candidates to work on research projects in all our research groups. Applicants are encouraged to contact the research group leaders to find out more information about particular topics of interest.

Our research groups cover the following areas:


• Multi-scale numerical simulations

• Stellar clusters and galaxy formation

• Supermassive black holes

• The hunt for dark matter

Nuclear Physics

• Internationally leading and wide-ranging experimental and theoretical research projects

• Nuclear structure via gamma-ray spectroscopy and state-of-the-art theoretical models

• Nuclear astrophysics exploiting a range of novel experimental and theoretical techniques

• New analytical & computational theories; new experimental tools using rare isotope beams

Radiation and Medical Physics

• Practical and computational dosimetry for advanced radiotherapy treatments

• Radiation Biology and Radiotherapy

• Characterisation and development of wide band gap semiconductor and scintillator materials for radiation detection

• Innovative methods to detect radiological and nuclear materials for nuclear security and environmental protection.

Soft Matter

• Developing and applying cutting-edge fundamental physics to soft matter systems for nanotechnology and biotechnology applications

• Interdisciplinary projects working with leading biologists, chemists and engineers both in the UK and internationally

• Experimental, computational modelling, and combined projects to develop new physics and applications

• Projects in collaboration with major international science and technology companies

Photonics & Quantum Science

• Unconventional semiconductors and nanostructures for new types of lasers and detectors 

• Quantum technology based on silicon 

• Quasi-random photonic crystals 

• Control of qubits in circuit quantum electrodynamics 

Quantum Foundations Centre

• Quantum thermodynamics 

• Open quantum systems in nuclear physics 

• Quantum biology 

• The quantum-classical transition 

For further information about our Physics PhD programme, including more details about the research carried out by each research group, please refer to our Physics PhD webpage

How to apply

If you are interested in a PhD with us, you can contact the department for an informal discussion, either via the Physics Department Office (+44 (0)1483 686800, or email ), or by contacting the research group leaders. 

Applications are considered on a continuous basis, and there is no fixed deadline for the majority of our studentships.

To make a formal application you should complete the University online PhD application form. Once your application is received we will contact you to arrange an interview.

Funding Notes

Each PhD studentship is fully-funded at UKRI studentship rates covered for the duration of 3 to 3.5 years for UK/EU candidates. International candidates are welcome to apply but will need to cover the difference between the UK/EU and overseas fees.

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