Postgraduate research

We are home to around 80 PhD and EngD students, working on projects from computational studies of dark matter, to experimental studies of paints. We recruit around 20 PhD and EngD students every year, with most starting in October.

Our course

Our students work on cutting edge projects in both pure and applied physics, and on experimental and computational projects. The PhDs and EngDs are funded by both the UK government and the EU, and by companies. Many of our PhDs are collaborative, where the student works with a partner of the University, such as a company, or National Physical Laboratory.

If you are interested in doing a PhD with us, please look at the interests of our Department's research groups and get in contact with an academic.


We receive funding to support PhD students from a number of sources, such as the UK Research councils, industry, the EU, etc. The University also offers studentships, to both UK/EU, and overseas students. If you have interests in a specific research area, we suggest you contact the leader of that group and see what funding is available.

We have studentship opportunities available, including our new Vice Chancellor’s Studentship Award and the Doctoral College Studentship Award.

Applied nuclear physics: silicon photomultiplier scintillation detectors

Funding information:
The studentship is funded for 3.5 years at normal UKRI studentship rates (equal to approximately £14,000 per year). Funding is provided by the Radiation Detection Doctoral Network (RadNet) and from the two sponsoring companies. This studentship is available for individuals from the UK and EU.

Micro-dosimetric characterisation of clinical hadron beams

Funding information:
The studentship is sponsored by EPSRC and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and part of the strategic partnership between the University of Surrey and NPL. The studentship will cover University fees and student stipend at normal research council rates. Funding is provided for the duration of the PhD. A supplement of £15,000 is available from a collaborating company (Detector) for travel and research needs.

Development of ionization track structure models and micro-dosimetry formalism for clinical hadron beams

Funding information:
The studentship is fully funded (University fees and student stipend), with a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year.

Quantum Biology studentships

The Leverhulme Quantum Biology Doctoral Training Centre (QB DTC) invites applications from excellent candidates for seven fully funded PhD studentships, covering fees and maintenance, for October 2019 entry.

Expert support

We help with careers after graduation and offer a graduate network through GRADnet, we are also part of Project Juno which promotes best practices for equality and diversity.

The Doctoral College supports the academic and professional development of postgraduate researchers to ensure our world-leading research continues to grow. There is also an extensive Researcher Development Programme run at university level.

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