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Research topics and projects

The Physics Department at Warwick offers postgraduate degree programmes leading to either a PhD or a MSc by Research. The intake of students is typically around 35 per year and we have a thriving postgraduate research community within the department. Current students from one of the research groups give their views on life in the Physics Department here.

The UK's research councils, principally the EPSRC and the STFC, are major funders of PhD studentships in the Department, along with the University and a wide range of other funding bodies. For more details about funding and scholarships, please see this page.

The Department actively contributes to Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) funded by the EPSRC and industrial partners, including the Modelling of Heterogeneous Systems (HetSys) CDT, Diamond Science and Technology and the Analytical Sciences doctoral training centres.

The research undertaken in the department covers the 6 broad areas below, which are described in more detail on the Research Group web pages. You are welcome to contact any potential supervisor directly to discuss PhD projects.

This is a full list of the PhD research projects that supervisors have identified for potential students. Self-funded students and students with external scholarships are welcome to apply for any research project: our funding page has full details on funding options for UK and international students. There are a limited number of PhD scholarships for outstanding UK students to work on any project identified on the full project list. International students can apply for support via the Chancellor's International Scholarships and other schemes.


 
Condensed Matter Physics
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Theoretical and Computational Physics
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Medical and Biophysics
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Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics
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Elementary Particle Physics
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Electronic Structure & Photochemistry of Molecular Iron(III)-oxo Clusters

Supervisor: Nicholas Hine and Sebastian Pike

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Funding: Fully funded for 42 months

Start date: October 2023

Tue 29 Nov 2022, 16:46 | Tags: Theoretical and computational (funded)

High temperature focused EMAT arrays

Supervisor: Rachel Edwards

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Funding: This project is not funded

Start date: October 2023

Tue 22 Nov 2022, 13:58 | Tags: Condensed matter

Unconventional Superconductors

Supervisor: Martin Lees and Geetha Balakrishnan

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Funding: Fully funded for 42 months

Start date: October 2023

Tue 22 Nov 2022, 11:47 | Tags: Condensed matter (funded)

Quantum materials at the interface of mobile electrons and frustrated magnetism studied using high magnetic fields

Supervisor: Paul Goddard

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Funding: Fully funded for 42 months

Start date: October 2023

Tue 22 Nov 2022, 11:43 | Tags: Condensed matter (funded)

Highly frustrated magnetic materials by neutron scattering

Supervisor: Oleg Petrenko

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Funding: Fully funded for 42 months

Start date: October 2023

Tue 22 Nov 2022, 11:39 | Tags: Condensed matter (funded)

Time-domain Astronomy with the Gravitational-wave Optical Transient Observer (GOTO)

Supervisor: Danny Steeghs and Joe Lyman

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Funding: This project is fully funded for 42-48 months

Start date: October 2023

Tue 15 Nov 2022, 16:23 | Tags: Astronomy and Astrophysics (funded)

Investigating Stellar Populations across Cosmic Time

Supervisor: Elizabeth Stanway

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Funding: This project is fully funded for 42-48 months

Start date: October 2023

Tue 15 Nov 2022, 16:22 | Tags: Astronomy and Astrophysics (funded)

Planet formation by dust growth and disc fragmentation in protoplanetary discs

Supervisor: Farzana Meru and Rebecca Nealon

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Funding: This project is fully funded for 48 months

Start date: October 2023

Tue 15 Nov 2022, 16:21 | Tags: Astronomy and Astrophysics (funded)

Improving orbital tracking using optical parallax measurements

Supervisor: James McCormac

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Funding: This project is fully funded for 42-48 months

Start date: October 2023

Tue 15 Nov 2022, 16:18 | Tags: Astronomy and Astrophysics (funded)

The explosion environments and host galaxies of supernovae

Supervisor: Joe Lyman

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Funding: This project is fully funded for 42-48 months

Start date: October 2023

Tue 15 Nov 2022, 16:17 | Tags: Astronomy and Astrophysics (funded)

Accretion and outflows in extreme astrophysical environments

Supervisor: Deanne Coppejans

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Funding: This project is fully funded for 42-48 months

Start date: October 2023

Tue 15 Nov 2022, 16:15 | Tags: Astronomy and Astrophysics (funded)

Circumbinary planets from space-based transiting planet surveys

Supervisor: David Brown

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Funding: This project is fully funded for 42-48 months

Start date: October 2023

Tue 15 Nov 2022, 16:13 | Tags: Astronomy and Astrophysics (funded)

Investigating the nature and origins of planets in the Neptunian Desert

Supervisor: David Armstrong

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Funding: This project is fully funded for 48 months

Start date: October 2023

Tue 15 Nov 2022, 16:08 | Tags: Astronomy and Astrophysics (funded)

Unusual transit observations with PLATO

Supervisor: Paul Strom

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Funding: Fully funded for 42-48 months

Start date: October 2023

Tue 15 Nov 2022, 13:15 | Tags: Astronomy and Astrophysics (funded)

Simulations of stellar convection and accretion of planetary debris

Supervisor: Pier-Emmanuel Tremblay

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Funding: Fully funded for 42-48 months

Start date: October 2023

Tue 15 Nov 2022, 13:12 | Tags: Astronomy and Astrophysics (funded)

Nanoscale Imaging of Conductivity in Hybrid Metal Halide Perovskite Thin Films

Supervisor: Rebecca Milot

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Funding: Fully funded for 48 months

Start date: October 2023

Mon 14 Nov 2022, 13:30 | Tags: Condensed matter (funded)

Biological active matter in confinement

Supervisor: Vasily Kantsler

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Funding: This project is not funded

Start date: October 2023

Wed 09 Nov 2022, 14:10 | Tags: Condensed matter

Property testing for quantum engineering

Supervisor: Animesh Datta

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Funding: This project is not funded

Start date: October 2023

Wed 09 Nov 2022, 14:07 | Tags: Theoretical and computational

Identifying patient invariant parameters for diagnosis using terahertz sensing

Supervisor: Emma MacPherson and Fayyaz Minhas

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Funding: This project is fully funded for 42 months

Start date: October 2023


Non-Destructive Evaluation of micro-cavity defects in steels using digital positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy – NDE-PALS

Supervisor: Jon Duffy & Steve Dixon

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Funding: This project is fully funded for 42 months

Start date: October 2023

Tue 08 Nov 2022, 12:09 | Tags: Condensed matter (funded)

Ferroelectric field effect transistors for next generation non-volatile memories and cognitive computing

Supervisor: Marin Alexe

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Funding: This project is fully funded for 42 months

Start date: October 2023

Tue 08 Nov 2022, 12:03 | Tags: Condensed matter (funded)

Classicality and Quantumness in Glassy Open Quantum Dynamics

Supervisor: Katarzyna Macieszczak

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Funding: This project is fully funded for 42 months

Start date: October 2023

Tue 08 Nov 2022, 11:59 | Tags: Theoretical and computational (funded)

Machine-Learning-Accelerated Simulation of Photocatalysis and Ultrafast Dynamics at Surfaces ( 3 projects available)

Supervisor: Reinhard Maurer

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Funding: These projects are fully funded for 48 months

Start date: October 2023

Wed 26 Oct 2022, 13:50 | Tags: Chemistry

Ferroelectricity in 2D materials and their polarisation switching behaviour

Supervisor: Alex Robertson

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This project is not funded

Start date: October 2023

Mon 24 Oct 2022, 09:56 | Tags: Condensed matter

The formation of charge density waves in 2D materials

Supervisor: Alex Robertson

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This project is not funded

Start date: October 2023

Mon 24 Oct 2022, 09:47 | Tags: Condensed matter

Space Weather extremes and the acceleration of the Earth’s radiation belts

Supervisor: Ravindra Desai

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Funding: the project is fully funded for 42 months

Start date: October 2023

Mon 17 Oct 2022, 11:08 | Tags: CFSA (funded)

Forecasting radiation for the Lunar Gateway space station

Supervisor: Ravindra Desai

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Funding: The project is fully funded for 42 months

Start date: October 2023

Mon 17 Oct 2022, 11:06 | Tags: CFSA (funded)

Quantifying space weather turbulence and extremes and risk at earth

Supervisor: Sandra Chapman

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Funding: The project is fully funded for 42 months

Start date: October 2023

Mon 17 Oct 2022, 10:39 | Tags: CFSA (funded)

Network science quantification of space weather at earth

Supervisor: Sandra Chapman

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Funding: The project is fully funded for 42 months

Start date: October 2023

Mon 17 Oct 2022, 10:35 | Tags: CFSA (funded)

Quantum physics and technologies of germanium low-dimensional structures

Supervisor: Maksym Myronov

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Application deadline: Ongoing

Funding: The project is fully funded for 42 months- open to UK applicants

Start date: October 2022

Fri 18 Feb 2022, 10:43 | Tags: Condensed matter

Unravelling the Giant Piezoelectric Effect in ferroics under in situ external stimuli using Diffuse Multiple Scattering

Supervisors: Prof Thomas Hase at Warwick University and Dr Gareth Nisbet at Diamond Light Source

This project is a collaboration between Warwick university and Diamond Light Source.

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Application deadline: Ongoing

Funding: The project is fully funded for 42 months at UKRI rates.

Start date: October 2022

Mon 24 Jan 2022, 19:35 | Tags: Condensed matter (funded)

FIND-CDT

Mon 22 Jun 2020, 17:09 | Tags: Condensed matter (funded)

Centre for Doctoral Training in Diamond Science and Technology

Diamond is a material of such diverse application, who knows what it is capable of achieving?

Who knows? You know.

The DST CDT is a gateway to the best in the UK's diamond research. You could deepen your understanding of diamond's properties, and apply your knowledge of physics, engineering, chemistry, life sciences or materials. You could uncover new ways to utilise this material's unique structure. You could be at the international forefront of efforts to transform society through aerospace, or telecommunications, or electronics, or manufacturing…

Fully funded PhD projects based at the University of Warwick, in Diamond Science and Technology

New projects available - see https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/dst/phd_projects/

If you would like further information, or if you would like to discuss potential PhD projects, please provide contact details and forward your CV to dst.admin@warwick.ac.uk.

Tue 07 Jan 2020, 13:00 | Tags: PhD Condensed matter (funded)

Warwick Centre for Doctoral Training in Analytical Sciences

logo1.giflogo2.gifThe Warwick Centre for Doctoral Training in Analytical Sciences is recruiting the next generation of analytical scientists. With the world-leading facilities and expertise in Analytical Science at Warwick and partner external facilities (e.g., Diamond, ILL, ISIS) at their disposal, our students will graduate with a unique combination of skills in exploiting synergies between different experimental methods, e.g., diffraction, electrochemistry, mass spectrometry, microscopy and NMR, and in harnessing the power of combining data collection with experimental design, statistical analysis and simulation. Research and training will be delivered from across physical sciences, engineering and manufacturing, statistics, life and medical sciences in close partnership with industry, with research areas including pharmaceuticals, agro-chemicals and additives, soft matter, biological systems, energy and functional materials.

Register your interest now


Centre for Doctoral Training in Modelling of Heterogeneous Systems

logo3.gifHetSys is an EPSRC-supported Centre for Doctoral Training. It recruits enthusiastic students from across the physical sciences who enjoy using their mathematical skills and thinking flexibly to solve complex problems. By developing these skills HetSys trains people to challenge current state-of-the-art in computational modelling of heterogeneous, ‘real world’ systems across a range of research themes such as nanoscale devices, new catalysts, superalloys, smart fluids, laser-plasma interactions etc.

For details on available projects, please see PhD Project Opportunities 2023 (warwick.ac.uk) contact us at hetsys@warwick.ac.uk if you'd like to find out more.


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