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PhD Studentship and Taught Masters in Physics and Astronomy

PhD Studentships and Taught Masters in Physics and Astronomy

With an internationally-leading research portfolio, an enviable graduate training programme and a long-standing reputation for excellence, the University of Glasgow provides an incredibly vibrant environment for physics studies. Research students have access to state-of-the-art local facilities and many participate in multi-national, large-scale collaborative projects. The postgraduate experience is enhanced by the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA), which blends the best resources and expertise from many institutions to provide a training experience with a competitive advantage.

With an internationally-leading research portfolio, an enviable graduate training programme and a long-standing reputation for excellence

Research Groups:

Astronomy and Astrophysics

  • Solar physics theory
  • Observational solar physics
  • Plasma physics
  • Cosmology
  • Radio astronomy


  • Computational imaging, wavefront coding and aperture synthesis
  • Hyperspectral imaging techniques and their application
  • Retinal imaging and oximetry
  • Biophotonic imaging and microscopy
  • Optical manipulation

Institute for Gravitational Research

  • Data analysis: novel methods for exploring gravitational wave (GW) data
  • Materials research: studies of materials for use as mirrors in GW detectors
  • Interferometry: studies of the influence of quantum effects on measurements of macroscopic objects
  • Studies of optical systems to be used in space-based GW detectors

Materials and Condensed Matter Physics

  • Nanomagnetism: new approaches for sensors and ICT
  • Developing thin film oxides for advanced functional materials
  • Next generation structural alloys
  • Artificial spin ice
  • Chiral spintronics: skyrmions spin textures
  • Optimising thermoelectric materials for energy-harvesting applications

Nuclear Physics

  • Investigating nucleon structure
  • Spectroscopy of strongly interacting particles
  • Development of novel radiation detectors
  • Applications of nuclear science


  • Cold atoms, manipulation with twisted light and quantum storage
  • Holographic optical tweezers, their application to biology and beyond
  • Orbital angular momentum, the application to imaging and sensing
  • Transformation optics, achieving what is not possible with lenses and mirrors
  • Quantum Optics, supporting the QuantIC Technology Hub

Particle Physics Experiment

  • ATLAS: Properties of the Higgs boson at the LHC
  • ATLAS: Studying top quark interactions at the highest energies
  • LHCb: Measuring Matter / Anti-matter asymmetry
  • NA62: Discovering New Physics through rare kaon decays
  • Development of detector systems for future experiments

Particle Physics Theory

  • Phenomenology for the Large Hadron Collider
  • Beyond the Standard Model physics, Higgs and top quark physics
  • Relation of Cosmology and LHC phenomenology
  • Precision tests of the Standard Model through Quantum Chromodynamics

Quantum Theory

  • Theoretical quantum information and quantum optics
  • Orbital angular momentum
  • Foundations of Quantum Theory
  • Theory of Light-Matter Interactions: Optical Forces and Chirality

For further information on PhD scholarships/funding/admissions,

Email: [email protected]
Online application: https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/physics/courses/phdstudy

For further information on the Taught Masters program,

Email: [email protected]
Online application: https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/physics/postgraduate

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