Nuclear Physics PhD

There are opportunities for PhD research within all aspects of the Nuclear Physics group's interests, from low-energy nuclear structure involving charged-particle and laser spectroscopy to high-energy quark-gluon plasmas. Applied research is carried out into nuclear power technology and positron imaging.


Prospective PhD students will in general have or expect to obtain a first class or upper second class four year degree in physics.

Timetable and information for applicants

We welcome enquiries at all times of the year. While there is no application deadline, most applications are received between December and March for places starting the following October. Applications for Postgraduate Elite Scholarships need to be received by the end of December and Teaching Assistantships have an April deadline.

Further information can be found at:

If you would like more information about specific research areas then please contact members of staff directly, either by email or telephone. If you would like to apply for a PhD place with us then you can use the online application form. Once you have contacted us, we will arrange a visit and an informal interview, so we can find out a little bit more about you and, likewise, you can find out more about us. You will have the opportunity to meet with staff and students from each research area and you will leave with a much better idea of what it will be like to be a research student.


STFC studentships are available for UK citizens and there is also the possibility of fully-funded studentships for EU citizens. In addition, each year the department funds several elite teaching assistantships (with associated scholarships for up to four years). For non-EU citizens the College of Engineering and Physical Science offers a small number of fully funded Postgraduate Elite Scholarships which pays full fees, maintenance and give a research grant.

Research Student Life

Our research students get to travel the globe, performing experiments and attending conferences abroad. Within the group, the students are have their own (lively) office and there are frequent social events involving the entire Nuclear Physics Group. In addition, there are:

  • Nuclear Physics Seminars: invited speakers from the UK and international research institutions.
  • Postgraduate lecture courses run by the Nuclear Physics Group:
    • Accelerators and Detectors
    • Laser Spectroscopy
    • Imaging
    • Nuclear Reactions and Models
    • Relativistic Heavy Ions