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Research degree (PhD) opportunities

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

Updates for 2020 entry

  • The first cohort of candidates will be invited for interviews, which will take place on the week commencing Monday 17th February
  • The PhD applications are still invited until all vacancies are filled.


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.  

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