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School of Physics and Astronomy


We offer postgraduate PhD research opportunities in a wide range of areas of physics and astronomy and have a large and thriving community of postgraduate research students, numbering around 80 at any one time.  Research students are assigned a supervisor who has closely related interests, and with whom they agree on a programme of study and research.  The School provides opportunities for acquiring relevant skills through a range of short courses and training seminars.  You will also have the opportunity to gain experience and training in teaching through laboratory demonstrating and problem class delivery, while at the same time supplementing your income.

Research Areas

Research in the School is conducted across four dedicated research centres, with lots of interaction between the centres.

The centres are:

Particle Physics Research Centre

Contact: Dr Seth Zenz

Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics

Contact: Dr Andrei Sapelkin

Centre for Research in String Theory

Contact: Prof Steven Thomas

Astronomy Unit

Contact: Prof Richard Nelson