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Optical Physics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

We have 186 Optical Physics PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

A PhD in Optical Physics focuses on the study of light and how it interacts with matter. You’ll have the chance to lead your own research project that will further our current understanding of reflection, refraction, diffraction and interference. Whether you are researching optical fibres, display panels, semiconductor systems or drug-development tools, you’ll be aiming to improve the lives of millions of people across the world.

What's it like to study a PhD in Optical Physics?

Doing a PhD in Optical Physics, you will become proficient in the skills necessary to contribute to a research portfolio which spans sectors such as medicine, homeland security, telecommunications, the environment, and computer science.

Some typical research topics in Optical Physics include: 

  • laser spectroscopy
  • biophotonics
  • nanophotonics
  • quantum imaging and storage

Typical Optical Physics PhD research projects take between three and four years to complete. As well as undertaking research training within your department, you will also attend external meetings and conferences and may be submitting research posters as your research develops.

To be awarded your PhD, you must submit a thesis of about 60,000 words and defend it during your viva exam. 

PhD in Optical Physics entry requirements    

The entry requirements for a typical PhD in Optical Physics usually involves a 2:1 Bachelors in engineering, materials science, physics, medical sciences, biotechnology or in a related subject. If you can demonstrate experience in microscopy, machine learning or image data analysis then this would help your application (but isn’t essential). You will also need to submit a compelling research proposal detailing your study plans.  

PhD in Optical Physics funding options

In the UK, PhDs in Optical Physics are funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) who provide a tuition fee waiver and a living cost stipend. Depending on the programme, you may submit your own research proposal before being considered for funding or apply for a project that already has funding attached. 

It is also possible to apply for a PhD loan to help with the costs of a doctorate in Optical Physics (although this cannot be combined with Research Council funding). Other options for financial support include university scholarships, graduate teaching assistantships and charities.  

If you are considering a part-time PhD in Optical Physics, it may also be worth asking your employer if they are happy to sponsor you.    

PhD in Optical Physics careers

A PhD in Optical Physics could lead you down the road of a scientific career such as a lens design engineer, electrical engineer, optical designer or coating technician. You may work at a university, continuing your research or you might choose to work in the private sector. .

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Multiphoton quantum sensing and information processing

Applications are invited for a fully-funded three year PhD to commence in October 2023. . The PhD will be based in the Faculty of Technology, and will be supervised by. Read more

Neuromorphic Devices for Optoelectronic Neural Networks

Supervisory Team.   Dimitra Georgiadou, Frederic Gardes. Project description. Neuromorphic engineering is poised to revolutionise information technologies by developing electronic devices that can realistically emulate biological neural networks. Read more

Metal-Oxide Perovskites for Infrared Nanophotonics

Project ID. SST6. Motivation: Plasmonics has promised revolutionary advancements in many fields but there are fundamental limitations associated with optical losses and spectral restrictions of metals, the cornerstone materials. Read more

Gaining control of cold plasma treatment through electric field measurements using Mueller polarimetry

Project ID. SST4. Cold atmospheric pressure plasmas have been studied for the last 20 years with great interest, finding numerous applications ranging from sterilization and treatment of biomedical surfaces (e.g. Read more

Develop a machine learning approach to multimodal imaging

The emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens to undo the advances of modern medicine, making commonplace interventions like major surgery or cancer chemotherapy effectively impossible. Read more

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