Postgraduate research

Our PhD programme

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Current Physics PhD opportunities with funding

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Astrophysics PhD opportunities with funding

Astrophysics PhDs are advertised on the Astrophysics research group website. 

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Other PhD opportunities

We always welcome enquiries from students interested in undertaking a PhD in any areas of our research, and are happy to discuss scholarship and external funding opportunities. Contact an academic directly via our research group pages, call our admissions team on +44 (0) 1392 722730 or enquire online.

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Studying at Exeter is great, the campus is so central, the sports facilities are excellent and the student satisfaction in Physics is incredibly high. There’s really good lecturers and fantastic tutors, who help you through your work each week. It never feels like you’re alone as there’s such a good support system here. Also, you’re so close to the beach which is great!

My PhD has been challenging, but I had a lot of support from my supervisor. My funding allowed me to go to a lot of national and international meetings and conferences. I’ve learned some skills that I’ll use for the rest of my life, whether it be in academia or if I go into data science, the skills I’ve learned are heavily sought after in both industries.

My advice to future students would be, do not be afraid to sign up to something that’s going to be four years long, see it as investing time in your future. In the long run it’s worth it and the skills you learn will help you in your career path.

Lewis Ireland - PhD Physics, 2018

About PhDs in Physics

Research degrees offer a challenging and exciting opportunity to work at the cutting-edge of research. At the University of Exeter, research students are supported by our Doctoral College.

We offer a rich, dynamic and supportive environment in which to pursue research. All research students join one of our four research groups:

PhD students associated with the two materials themes may be allocated a studentship as part of Exeter’s Centre of Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2)

Our academic team have an outstanding breadth of knowledge, passion and energy across a wide range of research interests, from quantum behaviour in nanomaterials, the formation of stars and the age of the universe to biomedical physics, photonics and astrophysics.

Our academic team are enthusiastic about sharing their expertise and knowledge with the next generation of physicists, and are on hand to assist you in your innovative research projects. As well as dedicated contact hours with your supervisor and tutor, our team operate an open door policy which allows you to raise questions and issues as they arise. This collaborative approach allows you to flourish by creating a supportive, cooperative environment in which to excel in your research.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2)

XM2 at Exeter provides an immersive research environment with the expertise and support to develop your ideas and explore new innovative pathways in functional materials and metamaterials.

You'll study as part of a cohort of your peers, in a strong local network of academic supervisors and postdocs. The programme includes training in the wider science background, alongside professional development courses including creativity, Cognitive Behavioural Coaching (CBC), teaching and project management.

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