How to apply for a PhD

General Information

School of Physics and Astronomy has a strong tradition of research recognised as world-leading and of international excellence. We offer PhD opportunities to high calibre graduates to participate in the research conducted in the fields of astronomy, experimental particle physics, string theory, and condensed matter physics.

Applicants for the PhD studentships should have, or expect to obtain a good honours degree in Physics, Astrophysics, Materials Science or Engineering. The studentships are for a period of between 3 and 4 years, depending on the source of funds. Irrespective of the length of the funding, PhD students are expected to submit their thesis within 4 years.


The window to submit applications to the PhD programme begins in October, and runs until 31st January.  Interviews are held in February and offers made in March.  Whilst recruitment continues throughout the rest of the year, the deadlines apply to applicants who do not have their own funding, and wish to apply for funding through Queen Mary University of London.  Most places will be offered in March, therefore, students are encouraged to apply early to maximise success rates.  

All candidates should complete the online application form and submit all supporting documentation electronically. The online application requires you to upload at least one reference. If your referees prefer to submit private references, applicants will need to upload a document at the reference stage, stating that references will be sent directly.  Please ask your referees to send references to "> .

If you do not have all your documentation ready at once, you have the option to save the electronic application to submit at a later date.

For further details and general enquiries about postgraduate research courses and studentships, please browse the individual research group web pages using the links on the left, or contact the postgraduate research Recruitment Officer Karen Wilkinson.

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