PhD project in Physics

Newcastle University

Value of award

100% of UK/EU tuition fees plus a tax-free stipend of (up to) £14,296 (16/17 level), a desktop computer, and £1500 travel allowance.

Successful applicants will also be given the opportunity to complete teaching and demonstrating duties within the school amounting to up to £1500 per annum.

Number of awards


Start date and duration

September 2017.

Application closing date

9 December 2016


A full-time PhD studentship in Physics is available for suitably qualified UK, EU and international applicants in the school of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of Newcastle.

The project cover a wide range of research topics in Astrophysical Magnetohydrodynamics (MHD), Cosmology and Quantum Gravity, as well as the properties of Quantum Matter.  These include among others the study of Gravity Waves in Stars, Cosmological Structure Formation, the Early Inflationary Universe and Quantum Gravity, properties of Quantum States of Matter such as Superfluids, Ultra-Cold Atomic Bose Einstein Condensates and Quantum Ferrofluids, Quantum Turbulence, Non-Equilibrium Dynamics and Quantum Phase Transitions, and Quantum Technology Modelling.

A more detailed description of the full range of available project can be found at

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the supervisors of the project they are interested in for more information. 


School of Mathematics and Statistics

Name of supervisor(s)

The project will be supervised by members of the academic staff of the school with relevant research interests and experience. These include Dr Andrew Baggaley, Professor Carlo Barenghi, Dr Tom Billam, Dr Clive Emary, Professor Ian Moss, Dr Nick Parker, Dr Gerasimos Rigopoulos, Dr Tamara Rogers, Professor David Toms.

Eligibility Criteria

The studentship is available to UK/EU and International candidates, who have/expect a 2:1 honours degree in Physics, Mathematics or another relevant discipline. A Masters qualification in a relevant subject area will be highly advantageous.

Applicants whose first language is not English require a minimum of IELTS 6.5. International applicants may require an ATAS (Academic Technology Approval Scheme) clearance certificate prior to obtaining their visa and to study on this programme.

How to apply

All applicants should complete the University’s postgraduate application form. Only mandatory fields need to be completed. However, you will need to include the following information:

  • Insert the programme code 8080F in the programme of study section
  • Select PhD Mathematics – Applied Mathematics
  • In the ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ field, please insert the code MS030
  • Attach degree transcripts and certificates, and if English is not your first language, a copy of your English Language qualification
  • Attach a covering letter and CV.  The letter must clearly state the title of the studentship and the code MS030.


For further information, please contact Dr Gerasimos Rigopoulos.

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