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Postgraduate Study


We anticipate being able to offer PhD studentships for commencement in October 2020. PhD studentships (typically 42 months) are available through several funders. Typically support is available for UK and EU students, while others are likely to need their own source of funding.

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.

Enquiries, including queries on possible sources of funding, from all potential candidates are welcome.Please send enquiries to Dr. Tom Blake ( tel. +44 (0)2476523900

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; we are doing precision measurements of the decays of the top quark to search for deviations from the Standard Model and thus hints of new physics; we work on the maintenance and development of the ATLAS trigger. Two possible projects involving Higgs production can be found here and here, a project involving re-interpretable searches for new physics can be found here, and one searching for long-lived particles using machine learning is discussed here.
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 and in measurements of rare b-hadron decays. A description of a possible projects in these areas can be found here and here.
DUNE The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) at the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) will measure neutrino oscillations of a muon neutrino beam generated at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) with a array of giant liquid argon detectors located 1300km away and deep underground at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in South Dakota. An overview the Warwick EPP groups involvement can be found here.
Hyper-K 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 the Warwick EPP groups involvement can be found here.
SuperNEMO The SuperNEMO experiment is designed to search for evidence of neutrinoless double beta decay. The experiment is currently being installed at the LSM underground laboratory in France. The University of Warwick is heavily involved in the software of the experiment. A description of a possible project on SuperNEMO can be found here.

Postgraduate Training

New Ph D stduents 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.