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PhD in Physics

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October 2022
January, April, July 2023

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Our research community nurtures close to 150 research students, covering everything from nuclear physics and astrophysics to the physics of life. Join our rich and thriving academic community and deliver projects on key research areas in physics.

Your research

As a doctoral student, the focus of your work will be an independent research project.

Join one of our leading research areas, which bring together expertise in fields such as Condensed Matter Physics, Nuclear Physics, Plasma Physics and Fusion, Physics of Life - Biological Physics and Biophysics, and Quantum Communication.



We encourage you to find out about our academics and get to know how their work and expertise fit with your research interests.

If you wish to learn more about a particular academic's research, or discuss a project you may already have in mind, they are happy to answer specific questions.

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Training and support

Our research programmes combine training in specialist areas with wider scientific skills. We provide training which will equip you with skills in a wide range of research methods, supporting your growing expertise and enhancing your employability.

Alongside your research, taught modules will help you develop specialist skills and relate your project to developments in the field. You'll choose from a wide range of Masters and undergraduate modules in specialist areas to complement your research, such as:

  • Plasma Physics for Fusion
  • First Principles of Material Modelling
  • Biophysics
  • Quantum Communication
  • Advanced Nuclear Physics

You'll also take part in a transferable skills programme, covering soft and hard skills.

Course location

You will be based on Campus West. Most of your training and supervision meetings will take place here, though your research may take you further afield.

Entry requirements

You should have, or expect to obtain, an MPhys degree at 2:1 or above, or an MSc in Physics.

We will also consider applicants with a Masters in a closely related field, applicants who have relevant industry experience, and applicants with a BSc at 2:1 or above where sufficient relevant experience can be demonstrated.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must provide evidence of your ability.

English language requirements


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Funded projects

If you are applying for an advertised research project, which gives full details of the project, you do not need to submit a research proposal, but you may wish to contact the supervisor directly to discuss your interest in the project. You should indicate which research project(s) you are interested in on your application form.

Self-funded projects

We welcome applications at any time from those who are able to fund their own studies. If you are not applying for a particular research project, you should give the name of your preferred supervisor, research area or field of research and write a brief outline of the research you are interested in. We would advise that you contact your potential supervisor in advance to discuss this. Your proposal should be 250 to 350 words in length. It must be in English and be your own words.

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