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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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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


Quantum sensing of multiple parameters

Supervisor: Dr Animesh Datta
Group: Theory
Project details: here
Start date: October 2020. Application deadline: ongoing.

Thu 31 Oct 2019, 08:42 | Tags: Theoretical and computational

Machine learning quantum localization

logo3.gifSupervisor: Professor Rudo Roemer
Group: Theory
Project description: pdf
Funding: independent scholarship/funding source required

Mon 07 Jan 2019, 15:11 | Tags: PhD, Theoretical and computational

How to build a swarm

logo3.gifSupervisor: Professor Matthew Turner
Group: Theory
Funding: independent scholarship/funding source required

Sun 20 Nov 2016, 21:35 | Tags: PhD, Theoretical and computational

Active matter

logo3.gifSupervisor: Professor Matthew Turner
Group: Theory
Funding: independent scholarship/funding source required

Sun 20 Nov 2016, 21:34 | Tags: PhD, Theoretical and computational