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Postgraduate Study


We anticipate being able to offer PhD studentships for commencement in October 2024. PhD studentships (typically 42 months) are available through several funders. Typically support is available for UK students, while others are likely to need their own source of funding. We are happy to discuss funding opportunities for prospective applicants,

In order to apply for a Ph. D. place at the University of Warwick, please visit this page where you can find a link to the application form and instructions on how to complete it. Answers to common questions that arise when filling in the form can be found here

Enquiries, including queries on possible sources of funding, from all potential candidates are welcome. Please send enquiries to Dr. John Marshall (

Research projects

The ATLAS Detector ATLAS is a multipurpose experiment at the LHC, built to study particles produced in high-energy proton-proton collisions of protons. The Warwick ATLAS group is involved in a number of areas. We study the production and decay of the Higgs boson and searches for additional Higgs bosons, precision measurements of the decays of the top quark to search for deviations from the Standard Model and detailed studies of the fragmentation process as quarks turns into hadrons. We have responsibilities in the ATLAS trigger which decides which collisions to record and the construction of the new ITk tracks for HL-LHC. Ph.D. Applications in any of these areas are welcomed. A descriptions of available projects in these areas can be found here.

Detector Development

Detector Development Our detector research and development targets innovative technology for neutrino experiments. This covers various diverse topics, from recent efforts into accelerator-based neutrino physics and neutrino astrophysics applications to specific neutrino mass searches using double beta decay.
The DUNE logo. Image: Fermilab

The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) is based in the USA. It will use the world’s most intense neutrino beam, and cutting-edge Liquid-Argon Time-Projection Chambers (LArTPC) detectors, to help answer some of the biggest outstanding questions about the nature of our universe. It will search for CP violation in the leptonic sector, make precision measurements of the parameters governing neutrino oscillations, search for nucleon decay, and search for the burst of neutrinos expected if a core-collapse supernova occurs in our galaxy. An overview of the Warwick EPP group's involvement can be found here.

Hyper-K is a successor project to Super-K with the capability of making definitive measurements of the main outstanding questions in oscillation physics: CP-violation, mass hierarchy and the  \theta_{23} octant. The detector will also have a world-leading sensitivity to nucleon decay and allow the observation of cosmic-origin neutrinos. An overview of the Warwick EPP group's involvement can be found here.


JUNO Detector

JUNO, or Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory, is a next-generation neutrino experiment under construction in China. Using 20 kilotons of liquid scintillators, its primary goal is to detect neutrinos from nuclear power plants and determine the neutrino mass ordering. As an observatory that will operate for the next few decades, it will also study interesting phenomena involving neutrinos from various natural sources.
The LHCb Detector B physics is the study of the 'b' or 'beauty' quark. This heavy quark has fascinating properties, such as the phenomenon of 'flavour oscillations' by which it can change into its own anti-quark. Studying these enables us to distinguish between matter and anti-matter via the related phenomenon of CP violation. Further studies could allow us to detect the presence of new forces beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. At Warwick we are playing a leading role in measurements of the angle \gamma of the Unitary triangle, in measurements of rare b-hadron decays and in precision tests of the electroweak sector of the SM. A description of a possible projects in these areas can be found here.



Map of the T2K experiment

The T2K experiment is being built to direct a beam of muon neutrinos 295km from the J-PARC accelerator in Tokai, Japan, to the Super Kamiokande detector at Kamioka. It is hoped that the very rare oscillation of muon neutrinos into electron neutrinos can be detected.

Postgraduate Training

New Ph D students will take part in taught courses on particle physics, detector device physics, statistics and computing best-practice organised through the Midlands Physics Alliance Graduate School.

Students will also have the opportunity to take part in teaching as assistants in undergraduate labs or problem classes.