School of Physics and Astronomy


School of Physics and Astronomy Open Afternoon - 12th December 2.00 - 3.40

Join our PhD students and academic staff for an in-depth discussion about opportunities for PhD study in physics or astronomy.

At the event you'll be able to find out about current funding oportunities, research specialities, features and research facilities in short presentations by PhD tutors from our four research groups:

  • The Centre for Research in String Theory
  • The Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
  • The Particle Physics Research Centre
  • The Astronomy Unit

Outside of the scheduled presentation times, you will be able to chat informally with current PhD students and find out more about their research, study and life as a PhD students.


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 Jeanne Wilson

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