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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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Astronomy and Astrophysics 
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Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics
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Elementary Particle Physics
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Complete thermodynamic description of alloys to extreme pressure and temperature

Supervisor: Albert Bartok-Partay

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Application deadline: Ongoing

Funding: The project is fully funded for 48 months

Start date: October 2022

Tue 29 Mar 2022, 15:51 | Tags: Theoretical and computational (funded)

Quantum light spectroscopy of complex quantum systems

Supervisor: Animesh Datta

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Application deadline: Ongoing, apply by 31st Dec if international student to maximise chances for scholarships.

Start date: October 2022.

Wed 10 Nov 2021, 14:59 | Tags: Theoretical and computational

Machine learning localized and many-body localized quantum Hamiltonians

Supervisor: Rudo Roemer

More details for the project

Application deadline: Ongoing, apply by 31st Dec if international student to maximise chances for scholarships.

Start date: October 2022.

Wed 10 Nov 2021, 14:41 | Tags: Theoretical and computational

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 more details please see the HetSys website. Please contact us at if you'd like to find out more.