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PhD Studentships and Taught Masters in Physics and Astronomy

University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is home to an internationally-leading research portfolio, an enviable graduate training programme and a long-standing reputation for excellence, making it an incredibly vibrant environment for physics and astronomy studies. Located in one of the UK’s friendliest and most liveable cities, the University of Glasgow welcomes applicants for postgraduate research and taught masters. Research students have access to state-of-the-art local facilities, and many participate in multi-national, large-scale collaborative projects. The postgraduate experience is enhanced by the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA), which blends the best resources and expertise from many institutions to provide a training experience with a competitive advantage. Applicants for both postgraduate research and taught masters are potentially eligible for a range of scholarships to support their study, including the James McCune Smith Scholarships for Black UK PhD students.

Research Groups

Astronomy & Astrophysics

  • Solar physics theory
  • Observational solar physics
  • Plasma physics low- and high-temperature theory and computation
  • Radio astronomy

Astronomy & Physics Education

  • Student learning experience and engagement
  • Sense of belonging and identity
  • Teaching and learning practical skills in the post-covid area
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion in the curriculum

Extreme Light

  • Computational and artificial intelligence techniques for imaging
  • Single photon imaging for life sciences, bio-imaging and healthcare
  • Imaging with entanglement
  • Fundamentals of quantum physics in curved spacetime

Imaging Concepts Group 

  • Computational and hyperspectral imaging
  • In vivo retinal imaging and oximetry
  • Microscopy and biophotonic imaging
  • Optical manipulation

Institute for Gravitational Research

  • Gravitational wave (GW) data analysis, and applications to cosmology, tests of gravity and compact-object astrophysics
  • Materials for use as mirrors and suspensions in GW detectors
  • Enhancing the sensitivity of future GW detectors using cryogenics
  • Optical systems to be used in space-based GW detectors

Materials & Condensed Matter Physics 

  • Development of barocaloric materials for zero-carbon heat pumps
  • Fabrication and analysis of functional nanomaterials for device technologies
  • Nanopatterned and skyrmionic magnetic materials for spintronic applications
  • Development of advanced electron microscopy techniques using fast pixelated detectors

Nuclear & Hadron Physics

  • Investigating the quark structure of the nucleon through quantum chromodynamics (QCD)
  • Spectroscopy of strongly interacting particles and the search for exotic states of matter
  • Development of advanced particle detector technology
  • Industrial, medical and other applications of nuclear science


  • Atom cooling and trapping for quantum technologies
  • Optics with complex vector light fields
  • Quantum optics, single-photon imaging and ranging
  • Transformation optics beyond lenses and mirrors

Particle Physics Experiment  

  • Higgs, top quark, precision QCD, and beyond Standard Model physics searches
  • ATLAS, LHCb, NA62 and T2K experiments
  • Future neutrino and linear collider experiments
  • Development of detector systems

Particle Physics Theory

  • Precision tests of the Standard Model through QCD
  • Searches for new physics through rare weak decays of hadrons
  • Phenomenology for the Large Hadron Collider
  • Beyond the Standard Model physics, Higgs and top quark physics

Quantum Theory

  • Foundations of quantum theory, quantum optics and quantum information
  • Molecular and atomic light matter interactions
  • Non-equilibrium quantum fields and analogue models of gravity and cosmology
  • Quantum measurements and quantum algorithms

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Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Glasgow
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 7th December 2021
Closes: 7th March 2022
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