PhD Physics

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42 or 48 months Any, but typically September

Apply now for a PhD in Physics in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Science

If you are applying for an advertised, fully-funded post (see funding pages), please use the link in the advert.  Potential applicants to the Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2) are requested to follow the preliminary application procedure detailed on the XM2 website.

Further information

If you have any questions about specific projects or research areas please contact the relevant academics who will be happy to talk with you on an informal basis. You are welcome to enquire about more than one project or research area, but to avoid confusion please tell the staff members concerned that you are doing so.

If you have any other questions, please contact:


Dr Feodor Ogrin
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor

Prof Alastair Hibbins
Admissions Tutor for the Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2)


Dr Clare Dobbs

Full information about how to apply for postgraduate study and the decision timeframe along with useful information about student life, accommodation, facilities and services at the University of Exeter can be found on the Postgraduate Research website.

Funding opportunities

Please refer to our Funding for postgraduate research page for current PhD funding opportunities, including EPSRC-funded DTA studentships and project studentships allocated to specific supervisors. 

I would recommend Exeter to anyone who was thinking of studying here, the department is fantastic and we have lots or really great people. The University rightly promotes its worlds-class research but until you begin to read the papers that are being published, and speak with the people here, you really don’t understand quite how good they actually are. The research I am doing actually bridges the gap between two research groups. I am looking at graphene, but I am looking at putting it with cellulose and the mechanics behind that and using lasers to look at the vibrations of its molecules. There are a number of aspects that I really enjoy, such as making the materials from scratch and the opportunities to use so many different facilities. There are just so many different components to my research. You also have quite a lot of autonomy over your research, which is a big change from your undergraduate studies, and I really enjoy that. My supervisor is also great, the more I learn about his work and papers he has written, the more I see just how good he is. There is also so many other people in the department who are willing to help you out, and the level of collaboration is great. It really makes a difference.

Felicity Trubshaw, Physics postgradute