Funding and Training


PhD Studentships covering fees and a tax-free stipend are available through the Department in all research areas, funded by UK research councils, ERC, Wellcome Trust, and other bodies. Funding is provided on a competitive basis according to academic merit. The list of PhD opportunities can be found on our current PhD opportunities webpage. Please note that we can consider applications at other times, but the funding opportunities are more limited. Please follow the link for more information on postgraduate fees and funding. All studentships are allocated competitively.

STFC studentships

The Department offers a number of STFC studentships in experimental particle physics, cosmology and space physics which are awarded on a competitive basis. (Full awards are available to UK applicants only). If you wish to be considered, we encourage you to submit your application by the beginning of February. Please mention in your personal statement or in the funding section if you wish to be considered for STFC funding. If non-EU applicants hope for financial support, the opportunities are increased if applications are received by the end of the year.

EPSRC DTG studentships

The Department offers EPSRC studentships for prospective PhD students (available to UK applicants only). If you wish to be considered, we strongly encourage you to submit your application before June 1st. Please mention in your application that you wish to be considered for an EPSRC studentship in your personal statement or under the funding section. All eligible applicants holding offers before the closing date will be considered.

Faculty studentships

The Department competes annually for Faculty PhD Studentships announced around January. The studentships are open to all applicants (UK, EU and OS) and awarded on a basis of academic excellence and research potential. All applicants who have offers before the deadline will be considered for this funding. The funding may be given to an academic member of staff who will then advertise the position.

Doctoral Training Centres

Opportunities are also available in graphene research via the Nownano Doctoral Training Centre and in Space Weather via the Envision Doctoral Training Centre. Applications should be made directly via these training centres.


Research training and transferrable skills are an essential part of your studies and the Physics Department provides a range of subject-specific training courses which can also be available for other students on request.

  • Library

    The Library provides training courses on a wide range of essential postgraduate skills, such as information management and open access.

  • Research Training

    The Faculty of Science & Technology offers a research training programmes designed to enhance your research skills and capacity during your PhD studies.