Course Overview

We welcome applications from those seeking to perform leading fundamental and technologically relevant research for the degree of PhD.  Research opportunities are available within each of our research areas, which are broadly categorised into the following themes:

  • Superconductor- and semiconductor-based nanostructures, quantum nanotechnologies and quantum fluids and solids
  • Condensed matter theory, multi-scale modelling of materials and kinetics
  • Nanostructured materials growth and characterisation for optoelectronics, informatics, and future energy
  • Magnetic characterisation of materials and nanoparticles
  • Nanotechnology in Life Sciences and Health Care

Our PhD in Nanoscience focuses on the priority areas of condensed matter physics and computational and theoretical physical sciences, linked with the areas of functional materials and towards quantum technologies.  The degree draws from the research and training clusters of expertise excellence at Lancaster and offers training in the following complementary themes of innovative curiosity-driven condensed matter experimentation and theory, fundamental and applied nanoscience, microscopy techniques and modeling.

Our doctoral students conduct high-end research with unique internationally leading facilities including the record breaking ultra-low temperature experiments in quantum liquids, high energy physics and space science experiments, and the development of novel devices and materials with world leading innovation companies including Bruker, BP, Fiat and IBM, to mention a few.

The programme is supported by a selection of taught courses providing skills in many modern research techniques, including experimental design, advanced laboratory techniques, together with special scientific training and courses to develop your transferable skills.  This ensures that our postgraduate students extend their knowledge of all areas of physics, and possess a wide range of skills to aid employability.  You will also take advanced scientific courses within your area of specialisation such as statistical aspects in physical measurements and C++ for physicists, quantum field theory, Low Temperature Physics, and the North West Lecture Courses which focus on Nanotechnology.

Potential applicants should feel free to contact us with any enquiries about our research and the possibility of undertaking a research degree here at Lancaster. If you have a particular project in mind please feel free to contact directly the appropriate member of our staff.