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Research topics and projects

This is a full list of the research projects that supervisors have identified for potential PhD or MSc 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.

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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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Understanding doping of semiconducting nanowires

Supervisor: Prof. Ana Sanchez-Fuentes

Group: Microscopy

Project details: here

Start date: October 2020. Application deadline: ongoing

Wed 30 Oct 2019, 13:17 | Tags: Condensed matter, PhD

Epitaxy of Gallium Oxide quantum well semiconductor heterostructures on Sapphire

Supervisors: Dr Maksym Myronov 
Group: NanoSilicon
Project details: here
Start date: October 2020.
Application deadline: ongoing

Wed 30 Oct 2019, 13:10 | Tags: Condensed matter

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. There is an open day on 4th March if you'd like to find out more.

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

Twistronics devices

Evolving systems such as interacting fluid-structure flows

Modelling magnetic refrigeration materials

Modelling the extraordinary strength of superalloys

Irradiation effects and fracture in steels used in nuclear power plants


Crystallography and Functional Evolution of Atomically Thin Confined Nanowires

Supervisors: Dr. Jeremy Sloan & Dr. James Lloyd-Hugheslogo2.gif
Groups: Microscopy & Ultrafast & Terahertz Photonics
Project details: pdf
Funding: Fully funded PhD studentship (42 months)
Start date: October 2019. Application deadline: ongoing

Wed 28 Nov 2018, 06:00 | Tags: Condensed matter, PhD, Filled

Spin control in a levitated nanodiamond

Supervisor: Gavin Morely
Group: Diamond
Project details: here
Start date: October 2020. Application deadline: ongoing

Thu 31 Oct 2019, 08:58 | Tags: Condensed matter

Chiral magnets and skyrmion materials

Supervisor: Geetha Balakrishnan
Group:Superconductivity and magnetism
Project details:  here
Start date: October 2020. Application deadline: ongoing

Thu 31 Oct 2019, 08:50 | Tags: Condensed matter