What we are researching
Within our department we have six research areas with numerous projects in all areas of physics.
Radiation and medical physics
Photonics and quantum sciences
- III-V semiconductor emitter and detector physics
- Ultrafast dynamics and spintronics.
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.
Mathematical modelling of herpes simplex virus transmission in 2- and 3- dimensions
Funding information:Enhanced EPSRC stipend (£19,062 per annum for 2022-23, with annual increments based on inflation) and fees covered. Funding also includes a research training and support grant of £3,000 for the duration of the studentship.
Experimental nuclear physics PhD in enhanced nuclear fuel monitoring with a novel beta-gamma coincidence detector system
Funding information:3.5 years fully-funded PhD project including tax-free stipend of £16,500 per year, full tuition fees and bench fee costs for experimental field work and conference / training travel at a level of £4,000 per year.
Toward a quantum leap in optical sensing: developing a novel optical sensor with fluorophores on DNA origami
Funding information:This project is for a student with a UK nationality, EU settled, pre-settled status or indefinite leave to remain. The student will be covered with a full tuition fee and a stipend of £19,062 per year.
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.
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.
Surrey offers a fantastic study environment; the work is interesting, exciting and new.Rosh Sellahewa, PhD Nuclear Theoretical Physics