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Research topics and projects

This is a full list of the PhD research projects that supervisors have identified for potential students. Information on MSc by research projects can be found here. 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.

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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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Inferring energetic ion physics from ion cyclotron emission from fusion plasmas

cfsa.gifSupervisors: Dr. Sandra Chapman and Dr. Richard Dendy
Group: Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics
Project description: here
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months), in collaboration with Culham.
Application deadline: Ongoing, apply by 31st Dec if international student to maximise chances for scholarships.
Start date: October 2021.
Fri 18 Dec 2020, 17:33 | Tags: CFSA PhD CFSA (funded)

New Observations of the Inner Heliosphere: from Fundamental Physics to Space Weather

cfsa.gifSupervisors: Dr. Sandra Chapman
Group: Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics
Project description: here
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months).Application deadline: Ongoing.
Start date: October 2021.
Mon 07 Sep 2020, 21:06 | Tags: CFSA PhD CFSA (funded)

Energy transport investigation in spherical tokamak by means of integrated modelling and gyrokinetic theory

Supervisors: Dr. Ben McMillan and Co-Supervisor Francesco Palermo cfsa.gif

Group: Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics
Project description: pdf
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months).
Application deadline: Ongoing
Start date: October 2021.

Fri 04 Sep 2020, 12:59 | Tags: CFSA PhD CFSA (funded)

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. We plan to recruit up to 12 students to work on a range of exciting PhD projects starting in Oct.2021.

For more details please see the HetSys website. Please contact us at hetsys@warwick.ac.uk if you'd like to find out more.

Current projects with particular relevance to applicants interested in theoretical physics in combination with computational modelling:

Novel 'Twistronics' devices

How semiconductor lasers fail

Dislocation mobility and machine learning

Energy harvesting with thermoelectrics

Magnetic quasiparticles and storing information

Laser-driven fusion power

Noisy biochemical switches


Potential PhD opportunities in MCF plasma at CFSA, University of Warwick

cfsa.gifSupervisors: Dr. Nick Walken (UKAEA) & Dr. Bogdan Hnat (Warwick)
Group: Centre for Fusion, Space and Astrophysics
Project description: pdf
Funding: full funding for UK students (42 months), with details to be confirmed
Application deadline: Ongoing.
Start date: October 2019.

Mon 07 Jan 2019, 15:44 | Tags: CFSA, PhD, Filled