The wide range of expertise within the School of Physics and Astronomy enables the School to offer a variety of opportunities for higher degrees by research.
The School specialises in a wide range of research areas and postgraduate students are fully integrated into these areas.
We aim to offer a challenging and supportive environment, in which our students develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in industry, research or academia. We have an established track record of research excellence and host world-class laboratories to support our wide range of research activities. Research in the School also involves worldwide collaborations and the use of leading-edge national and international facilities.
You will be supervised by a team of experts who will support your progress and help you to achieve your potential. You will be assigned a mentor from another research group who will act as your personal tutor.
To offer knowledge and expertise for a career in the academic world, industry or to pursue a variety of other opportunities in which a strong background in physics, astrophysics or computing is useful and important.
- Research students take specialist academic courses and courses to develop their communication and personal skills.
- There is a full programme of seminars and the individual research groups hold regular meetings where members present new results and discuss their research in detail.
- There is an annual postgraduate conference and a research student poster competition.
- There are active collaborations with research groups overseas and regular attendance at major international conferences by staff and students.
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||PhD 3-4 years, MPhil 1-2 years
||PhD 5-7 years, MPhil 2-3 years
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Astronomy and Astrophysics is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Physics and Astronomy research programmes (MPhil, PhD).
Astronomy Instrumentation is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Physics and Astronomy research programmes (MPhil, PhD).
Condensed Matter and Photonics is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Physics and Astronomy research programmes (MPhil, PhD).
Gravitational Physics is a research area within which you can focus your studies as part of our suite of Physics and Astronomy research programmes (MPhil, PhD).
Automated methods of extracting the properties of millions of galaxies from survey data and identifying new classes of rare objects.
Identifying astrophysical gravitational wave transients from events such as supernovae.
Development of new, automated methods for identifying sources in data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).
Use of machine learning techniques to identify and classify weak gravitational wave events in data from the LIGO and Virgo detectors.
This project will involve developing, testing and applying innovative statistical analysis techniques to real and simulated data sets.
A fully tunable and efficient source of THz radiation is required for a large number of security and medical applications.
This project will develop an approach to synthesize/fabricate perovskite nanostructures with control on their size (at the nanometre scale), shape and position using a technique known as ‘atomic-layer-deposition’
The proposed project is to look at the further development of the astronomical software and to particularly consider its application to archaeological surveys.
A key part of the vision of the Internet of Things is the large number of autonomous sensors relaying information back through the web.
We are particularly interested in the fraction of stars that lie outside of easily recognised galactic structures as a means of tracing the assembly history of dark matter haloes of various masses.
This project will be investigating the technology for an electric field controlled, spin-based qubit made from indium antimonide (InSb) and half metallic alloys.
Through electrical study this project will explore state-of-the-art Indium Antimonide (InSb) based quantum well heterostructures that have the largest SOC of all the compound semiconductors, and investigate MZM formation at the interface with superconducting material.
This project would extend the use of WISH to cover robust single crystal analysis of diffuse scattering and weak Bragg peak data with in-situ measurements to extend our fundamental understanding of frustrated magnetic systems.
Topological protection is an excellent means to maintain the integrity of information within next generation data storage devices
Electro/magnetoencephalography (E/MEG) are techniques that consist in measuring the electric potential/magnetic field originating from the brain using non-invasive sensors.
This project aims to demonstrate this much-needed product to fill-in the gap in the current solar cell market.
This project aims to study theoretically the coherent dynamics of optical excitations (excitons) in single and multiple semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) strongly coupled to photonic cavities.
Technological advances in light detectors and microscopy techniques during the last decade have allowed the investigation of the emission properties of individual localized light emitters.
Colloidal nanostructures such as semiconductor quantum dots are relatively simple to manufacture, widely tuneable in shape and size and can be made of a large range of materials.
The resonant state expansion (RSE) is a new powerful theoretical method in electrodynamics and wave optics, recently invented in Cardiff.
If you are applying for an advertised funded project then you don't need to provide a research proposal. You only need to provide the following:
- Funded project title
- Personal statement
If you are applying for a self-funded project then you need to provide the following:
- Research proposal
- Personal statement
Suitable for graduates with a first or upper-second class honours degree in Physics, Astrophysics, Mathematics, Electronics or a related subject, depending on the research area.
English language requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS). Please see our English Language Requirements guidance for more details.