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. Moreover, we are actively developing multidisciplinary collaborations which span from the traditional areas of science to opening new opportunities between academia, industry and government services. Our PhD students are given comprehensive training, furnishing them with a range of transferable skills, and are fully integrated into the research groups. 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.
We offer PhDs in the following areas:
Particle Physics Research Centre
Centre for Research in String Theory
Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
The School of Physics and Astronomy offers a number of 3 year, 3.5 year and 4 year studentships from a range of RCUK, international and institutional sources.
We invite applications from UK and from EU nationals (RCUK 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 RCUK funded and institutional studentships come with all fees paid, and a stipend of £16,553 p.a. (2017/18).
The deadline for applications is the 31st January 2018.
Please contact your admissions tutor directly with any queries, alternatively you can contact the Postgraduate Research Officer Rob Miles.