What we are researching
Within our department we have a number of research areas within each of the Department's six research groups.
Astrophysics Research Group
The Soft Matter Group
Theoretical Nuclear Physics
Photonics and Quantum Sciences Group
Find a 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.
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.
Development of diamond based solid state ionisation dosimeters for medical applications
Funding information:The studentship is fully funded (University fees and student stipend). Stipend: £15,000 a year.
Solid-state atomic clocks
Funding information:This studentship covers home/EU fees with a stipend of £15,009 per annum.
Key measurements in nuclear structure and explosive astrophysical scenarios with radioactive ion beams
Funding information:This is a research council funded studentship. The studentship covers the University tuition fees (at EU/UK level) and provides an annual tax free stipend for UK students (rate for 2019-2020 is £15,009 p.a. tax-free). https://stfc.ukri.org/funding/studentships/
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.
Employer mentoring programme
We have a postgraduate research employer mentoring programme to help our PhD students find out about career options for doctorates in business and industry earlier in their PhD, and to better manage the transition from academic research to work outside of university.
Mentors come from a variety of different employer types, sectors and sizes, such as NPL, AWE, Oxford Instruments and SME, Fourth State Medicine.
We are part of GRADnet, a collaborative graduate school of nine South East England physics departments.
Through GRADnet our PhD students benefit from courses on physics research techniques, and courses taught in conjunction with companies, on team-working and working in industry.
Careers after graduation
After graduation, our PhD and EngD students go on to careers in both the private and public sectors such as:
- Postdoctoral positions at British or overseas universities
- Academics in the UK and overseas
- Working in private sector companies making radiation detectors, photonics companies, oil companies etc
- Applying their skills in related areas such as data science
- Working in public sector companies such as Dstl and AWE.
What our students say
Read our student profiles to discover first-hand what it's like to study with us.