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Research degree (PhD) opportunities

Research in the department spans a wide range of fundamental and applied areas of Physics.

September 2023 entry

The Centre for Particle Physics held an on-line Open Event on Wednesday 30 November 2022.  A recording of the event can be found hereProspective applicants who would like to visit in person  please email

Condensed Matter groups held an on-line Open Event on Wednesday 7 December 2022. 

  • Applications for PhD degrees are via Royal Holloway Direct 
  • We accept applications until all available vacancies are filled
  • For CM, when submitting your application in Royal Holloway Direct, please also email the supervisor named on your application. They will then contact you re availability of studentship and interviews etc.


Typically, we accept 10 students annually onto PhD programmes in our research groups. Studentships are funded by UK Research Councils, the European Commission, the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), CERN, Diamond Light Source and Royal Holloway. We also have joint PhD studentships with our other research collaborations. We may also accept students who are self-funded or supported from other sources. 


We use FindAPhD to advertise specific research projects that require PhD students and the current list is below. We welcome students with an interest to pursue a PhD in our research areas (condensed matter, particle physics, particle astrophysics, theoretical physics, nanotechnology and quantum devices and accelerator physics). In this case please contact the relevant group contact on the research group pages.  

Applying to us

Applications for PhD degrees are via Royal Holloway Direct. Physics PhD candidates do not require a detailed research proposal. A short statement explaining your reasons for choosing the research area and relevant experience can be uploaded instead, although it is not required.

Studentship opportunities

Many of our PhD offers are directly funded or competition funded. There are also other studentship opportunities listed here.


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