Postgraduate study

We welcome applications for PhD and MSc positions in both experimental and theoretical particle physics. You can find out more about the different research areas using the Research pages on this website. We typically take on 15-20 new PhD students each year.

For informal enquiries please email the admission coordinators: Evelina Gersabeck ( and Darren Price ( for experimental particle physics, and Eleni Vryonidou ( for theoretical particle physics

Scholarships and funding opportunities

In addition to the baseline funding the group receives from STFC and other research grants, there are several other opportunities students can consider.

Outstanding students are encouraged to apply for the competitive PhD scholarships (such as the President’s Doctoral Scholar award, the Dean’s Doctoral Scholarship)

There are dedicated scholarships for applicants looking for an enhanced teaching component of their PhD programme: the Postgraduate Research Teaching Associate (PGRTA) Scholarships. The duration of the PhD programme is correspondingly extended.

Outstanding applicants from China are encouraged to apply for the China Scholarship Council (CSC) Postgraduate Scholarships.

Scholarships also exist from the underrepresented parts of the community. One such scholarship is the Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship. There is also a Departmental scholarship.

If you have other routes of funding e.g. Commonwealth scholarship, national funding schemes or self-funding, please get in touch and we will discuss these opportunities with you.

For all scholarships, please get in touch with a potential supervisor to discuss your application. If you do not know any of the potential supervisors, please contact the admission coordinators. You will also have to submit an application through the link. This is the starting point for all applications.

How to apply

For MSc by Research and PhD placements with the particle physics group, you can apply online. The details of the MSc programme can be found here.

You will see the full entry requirements and the documents needed. Please select PhD in physics, then select “particle physics” in the next step.