On this page you can find out about PhD opportunities currently available in Physics and Astronomy. Click on a project title below to find out more.
Some of these projects come with specific funding (eg, from a research council or Centre for Doctoral Training) to cover your tuition fees and living expenses. If you successfully apply for one of these projects, and you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be automatically awarded the funding.
If a project does not come with specific funding, that does not mean that there is no funding available. You may be awarded a scholarship after you have submitted your application – let us know if you wish to be considered for a scholarship by including this in your application form. We also accept applications from students who are applying for funding separately, or have funding in place already.
You can find out about scholarships on the following webpage:
Once you have identified a potential project and supervisor, please complete the University's postgraduate online application form to apply. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, you should state this in the form. You should also include any information you have about funding that you are applying for separately, or that you have in place already. It is a good idea to contact the supervisor of any PhD opportunity you want to apply for, before you submit your application.
If you would like any more information or have any questions, please contact us.
Do you have your own idea for a project?
Find a potential supervisor by visiting our research webpages. Contact a member of academic staff to find out about PhD opportunities in their area.
Centres for Doctoral Training
Other funded PhD opportunities are available through the Centres for Doctoral Training or Doctoral Training Partnerships that our staff contribute to.
Visit the webpages for these centres to find out more about their projects:
We usually ask for an upper second class (2:1) honours BSc or MSc degree in physics or engineering.
Our decision on whether to offer you a place will also be based on the research proposal or personal statement you submit, your CV and academic references, and any interviews and additional tasks we ask you to complete. All documents need to be provided in English, including transcripts and references.
Students will also need to meet our English language requirements, and international students will need to get clearance through the Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS). Find out more about English language requirements and ATAS on our webpage for international students:
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