We offer postgraduate research degrees in Physics at the MPhil and PhD level in all of our major research areas such as Emerging Technology and Materials, Applied Mathematics, and Photoelectron Spectroscopy.
We supervise MPhil and PhD students whose interests match the expertise we have in our four main research themes.
Condensed matter and nanoscale physics
We research electronic, optical, structural and magnetic properties of novel solid-state materials, particularly novel semi-conductor structures and nanostructured materials such as nanocrystals and nanowires. Theoretical studies use quantum mechanical approaches and involve massively parallel supercomputing.
Our development of new approaches to quantum modelling is changing the size and complexity of systems that can be modelled. Experimental work takes place at synchrotron facilities in Europe and America and related work takes place with colleagues in the Emerging Technology and Materials (ETM) Group in the School of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering.
Our research in biophysics explores the structure and function of cells with the aim of creating artificial life and building machines based on biological parts. Projects include protocell development and the construction of a cyborg robot. An understanding of biological physics is needed that uses techniques including single molecule manipulation, atomic force microscopy and scanning tunnelling microscopy.
Galaxies and the interstellar medium, the source of the galactic magnetic field and its influence on the structure of the galaxy form the focus of our research in astrophysics. There is also interest in cosmology, particularly the early universe and its origin in the big bang.
Our research focuses on coherent optical control of atomic collisions in ultracold gases by femtosecond laser light for studies of problems in fundamental physics, such as the measurement of time dependence of the fundamental constants of nature. We also research metrological protocols for characterisation of broadband light, specifically those relating to foundational aspects of quantum mechanics and its application.
Throughout your studies you work closely with your supervisor. In the initial stages your research will be guided by the supervisor but as you gain confidence and expertise you will be given increasing responsibility for the day-to-day running of the project.
You will be trained in all aspects of physics research, including the oral and written presentation of your work. Our Postgraduate Committee provides impartial academic advice and guidance throughout your studies.
Data based on responses from 284 UK, EU and International postgraduate leavers (2011/12, 2012/13) studying in the School of Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials, School of Chemistry, School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, School of Electric and Electronic Engineering. See more about what our graduates do.
Newly refurbished physics laboratories, teaching and study space are due for completion in spring 2015. Our students will have access to high specification laboratories and computing facilities in the Herschel Annex at the heart of the University campus.