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Postgraduate Admissions

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 Department actively contributes to Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) funded by the EPSRC and industrial partners, including the new Modelling of Heterogeneous Systems (HetSys) CDT, and the existing Diamond Science and Technology and the Analytical Sciences doctoral training centres. Industrially-linked PhD projects are available in the biophysics and condensed matter physics areas: click here for more. The Warwick Centre for Doctoral Training in Analytical Sciences has multiple MSc+PhD projects available in the energy materials, medical and condensed matter physics areas: click here for full details.

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

Research areas and projects:

Condensed Matter Physics

Overview of CMP
Projects: Funded / all.

Theoretical and Computational Physics

Overview of Theory
Projects: Funded / all.

Medical and Biophysics

Overview of Medical/Bio
Projects: Funded / all.

Astronomy and Astrophysics 

Overview of Astro
Projects: Listed here.

Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics

Overview of CFSA
Projects: Funded / all.

Elementary Particle Physics

Overview of EPP
Projects: All projects.


Projects on the full project list with "funded" in the tag have scholarships that pay fees and a living stipend: here is a a full list of funded PhD studentships. Self-funded students and students with external scholarships are welcome to apply for any research project from the full projects list. 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. See our funding page for more details on funding options for UK and international students.

Useful guides:

Choosing between a PhD and an MSc

Research areas

Fees and Funding

Student Community

Overseas students

How to Apply

Contacts and Queries:

For further details, informal enquiries or to discuss other opportunities, please contact either the Departmental Postgraduate Coordinator.
Click here for contact details

More about the department:

Physics is also part of several interdisciplinary centres within which there are opportunities to study for postgraduate taught and research degrees.

The Physics department is proud to be an IOP Juno Champion and a winner of an Athena Swan Silver Award, reflecting our commitment to equal opportunity and to fostering an environment in which all can excel.

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“I chose Warwick for its great reputation for research”
Postgraduate Applicant, 2014
"I chose Warwick based on its reputation and quality of research. I thought the postgraduate course here would give me a chance to learn a wide range of skills necessary for a career in research"
Current Postgraduate, 2013