PhD
4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018

Physics

Our research lies at the forefront of fundamental physics – ranging from quantum information processing, quantum optics and cold atom physics through a programme of top-rated particle physics experiments to the theoretical understanding of space, time and matter.

You’ll be guided and supervised through your research project by experts in their fields. You’ll work in a department with a truly international character, with collaborations in Europe, North America, South East Asia and Australia.

Full-time and part-time study

You can choose to work on your research full time or part time. For details about part-time study, contact us at mpsresearchsupport@sussex.ac.uk

PhD or MPhil?

You can choose to study for a PhD or an MPhil. PhD and MPhil degrees differ in the length of the course and therefore in the extent of the research work you can undertake and incorporate in your thesis.

  • An MPhil typically takes three years full time and four years part time. You’ll conduct an independent piece of research but in less depth than for a PhD. You will graduate with the degree title Master of Philosophy.
  • A PhD typically takes four years full time and six years part time. You will undertake a piece of research that makes a substantial original contribution to knowledge or understanding in your chosen field.

If you choose an MPhil, you might be able to change to a PhD during the course of your studies.

My PhD has included working with lasers, optics, ultra-high vacuum systems, programming and project management. It's great to do such complex and challenging work under supervision from leaders in the field.”Markus Vogt
Physics PhD

How to apply

If you’d like to join us as a research student, there are two main routes:

Find out how to apply for a PhD at Sussex

Faculty

Explore our research interests and find a potential supervisor.

  • Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics

    Prof Jacob Dunningham
    Professor of Physics
    J.Dunningham@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Atomic and molecular physics, Bose-Einstein Condensation, Quantum dynamics, Quantum mechanics, Quantum Metrology, Quantum Optics & Information, Quantum Theory

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    Prof Claudia Eberlein
    Professor Of Theoretical Physics
    claudia@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Applied Quantum Field Theory, Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, Cold Atoms and Applications, Quantum Electrodynamics (QED), Quantum Field Theory, Quantum optics, Theoretical Physics

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    Prof Barry Garraway
    Professor Of Quantum Physics
    B.M.Garraway@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Atom-light Interactions, Atomic and molecular physics, Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, Decoherence, Quantum Information Processing, Quantum optics, Quantum Optics & Information, Quantum Theory

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    Prof Winfried Hensinger
    Professor of Quantum Technologies
    W.K.Hensinger@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Atom-light Interactions, Atomic Physics - Quantum Logic, Atoms and Ions, Atoms in External Fields, Cold Atoms and Applications, Laser Cooling and Trapping, Laser technology, Light, Microfabricated devices, Microfabrication, Quantum Chaos, Quantum Computing, Quantum Information Processing, Quantum Metrology, quantum simulation

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    Dr Matthias Keller
    Reader in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
    M.K.Keller@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Quantum Information Processing

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    Dr Alessia Pasquazi
    Senior Lecturer
    A.Pasquazi@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Marco Peccianti
    Reader in Physics
    M.Peccianti@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Light, Photonics

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    Dr Diego Porras
    Senior Lecturer
    D.Porras@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Physics

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    Dr Jose Verdu Galiana
    Senior Lecturer
    J.L.Verdu-Galiana@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Atom-light Interactions, Atomic Spectroscopy, Atoms and Ions, Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance (FTICR), FT Mass Spectrometry, Mass Spectrometry, Quantum optics

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  • Experimental Particle Physics

    Dr Lily Asquith
    Dorothy Hodgkin Royal Society Fellow
    L.Asquith@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Alessandro Cerri
    Reader in Experimental Particle Physics
    A.Cerri@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: B Physics/Flavour Physics, digital electronics, Particle Detectors, Physics, trigger systems for particle physics

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    Prof Antonella De Santo
    Professor Of Physics
    A.De-Santo@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: ATLAS experiment, Beyond The Standard Model, Calorimetry, Experimental particle physics, Large Hadron Collider, Neutrino Oscillations, Neutrino Physics, Particle Detectors, Standard Model, Supersymmetry, Triggering

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    Dr Elisabeth Falk
    Senior Lecturer in Experimental ParticlePhysics
    E.Falk@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Experimental particle physics, Instrumentation for Particle Physics Or Astronomy, Neutrino Physics, Particle physics - experiment

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    Dr Clark Griffith
    Lecturer In Physics
    W.C.Griffith@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Light

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    Dr Michael Hardiman
    Associate Faculty
    M.Hardiman@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Experimental particle physics

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    Prof Philip Harris
    Professor of Physics
    P.G.Harris@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Neutron electric dipole moment, Ultracold neutrons

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    Dr Jeff Hartnell
    Reader In Experimental Particle Physics
    J.J.Hartnell@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Experimental particle physics, Neutrino Physics

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    Dr Simon Peeters
    Reader
    S.J.M.Peeters@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Data analysis, Direct Dark Matter Detection, Experimental particle physics, Instrumentation for Particle Physics Or Astronomy, Instrumentation, sensors and detectors, Neutrino Physics, Particle astrophysics, Particle physics - experiment, Statistical Uncertainty

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    Dr Fabrizio Salvatore
    Reader in Experimental Particle Physics
    P.F.Salvatore@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: B Physics/Flavour Physics, Calorimetry, Collider Physics, Supersymmetry, trigger systems for particle physics

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    Dr Iacopo Vivarelli
    Reader in Physics and Astronomy
    I.Vivarelli@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Calorimetry, Data analysis, Data Mining, Particle physics - experiment, Supersymmetry

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  • Materials Physics

    Prof Alan Dalton
    Professor of Experimental Physics
    A.B.Dalton@sussex.ac.uk

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    Mr Giuseppe Fratta
    Marie Sklodowska-Curie Researcher
    G.Fratta@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Alice King
    Research Fellow in Functional Material&Nanostructure Processing&Characterisation
    Alice.King@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Matthew Large
    Research Fellow in Functional Material&Nanostructure Processing&Characterisation
    M.Large@sussex.ac.uk

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    Miss Manuela Meloni
    Marie Sklodowska-Curie Researcher
    M.Meloni@sussex.ac.uk

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    Mr Sean Ogilvie
    Doctoral Tutor
    S.Ogilvie@sussex.ac.uk

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  • Mathematical Physics

    Prof Xavier Calmet
    Professor of Physics
    X.Calmet@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Black Holes, Cosmology, General Relativity, Information Theory, Mathematical Physics, Particle astrophysics, Quantum Field Theory, Quantum Gravity, Quantum Metrology, Theoretical Particle Physics, Theoretical Physics

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    Prof Claudia Eberlein
    Professor Of Theoretical Physics
    claudia@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Applied Quantum Field Theory, Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, Cold Atoms and Applications, Quantum Electrodynamics (QED), Quantum Field Theory, Quantum optics, Theoretical Physics

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    Dr Sabine Jansen
    Lecturer in Statistics and Probability
    S.C.Jansen@sussex.ac.uk

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    Prof Michael Melgaard
    Professor of Mathematics (Analysis and Partial Differential Equations)
    M.Melgaard@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Analysis, Mathematics, Nonlinear partial differential equations, Partial Differential Equations, Quantum dynamics, Quantum Many Body Theory, Quantum mechanics, Spectral Theory

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    Prof Enrico Scalas
    Professor Of Statistics & Probability
    E.Scalas@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Econophysics, Financial Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, Monte Carlo simulations, Probability Theory, Statistical Mechanics, Stochastic Processes

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    Dr Dimitrios Tsagkarogiannis
    Senior Lecturer
    D.Tsagkarogiannis@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Probability, Statistical Mechanics

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  • Quantum Sensing and Ultracold Gases

    Mr Thomas Barrett
    Research Fellow in Quantum Physics and Technologies
    T.J.Barrett@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Mark Bason
    Research Fellow in Experimental Physics
    M.Bason@sussex.ac.uk

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    Prof Peter Krueger
    Research Professor of Experimental Physics
    P.Kruger@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Fedja Orucevic
    Lecturer in Experimental Physics
    F.Orucevic@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Atom-light Interactions, Atomic Interferometry, Atoms and Ions, Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, Cold Atomic Species, Cold Atoms and Applications, Laser Cooling and Trapping, Laser Spectroscopy, Lasers and Optics, Quantum Devices, Quantum Technology

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  • Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies

    Prof Jacob Dunningham
    Professor of Physics
    J.Dunningham@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Atomic and molecular physics, Bose-Einstein Condensation, Quantum dynamics, Quantum mechanics, Quantum Metrology, Quantum Optics & Information, Quantum Theory

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    Prof Claudia Eberlein
    Professor Of Theoretical Physics
    claudia@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Applied Quantum Field Theory, Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, Cold Atoms and Applications, Quantum Electrodynamics (QED), Quantum Field Theory, Quantum optics, Theoretical Physics

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    Prof Barry Garraway
    Professor Of Quantum Physics
    B.M.Garraway@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Atom-light Interactions, Atomic and molecular physics, Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, Decoherence, Quantum Information Processing, Quantum optics, Quantum Optics & Information, Quantum Theory

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    Prof Winfried Hensinger
    Professor of Quantum Technologies
    W.K.Hensinger@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Atom-light Interactions, Atomic Physics - Quantum Logic, Atoms and Ions, Atoms in External Fields, Cold Atoms and Applications, Laser Cooling and Trapping, Laser technology, Light, Microfabricated devices, Microfabrication, Quantum Chaos, Quantum Computing, Quantum Information Processing, Quantum Metrology, quantum simulation

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    Dr Matthias Keller
    Reader in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
    M.K.Keller@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Quantum Information Processing

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    Prof Peter Krueger
    Research Professor of Experimental Physics
    P.Kruger@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Fedja Orucevic
    Lecturer in Experimental Physics
    F.Orucevic@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Atom-light Interactions, Atomic Interferometry, Atoms and Ions, Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, Cold Atomic Species, Cold Atoms and Applications, Laser Cooling and Trapping, Laser Spectroscopy, Lasers and Optics, Quantum Devices, Quantum Technology

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    Dr Alessia Pasquazi
    Senior Lecturer
    A.Pasquazi@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Marco Peccianti
    Reader in Physics
    M.Peccianti@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Light, Photonics

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    Dr Diego Porras
    Senior Lecturer
    D.Porras@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Physics

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    Dr Jose Verdu Galiana
    Senior Lecturer
    J.L.Verdu-Galiana@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Atom-light Interactions, Atomic Spectroscopy, Atoms and Ions, Cavity Quantum Electrodynamics, Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance (FTICR), FT Mass Spectrometry, Mass Spectrometry, Quantum optics

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  • Theoretical Particle Physics

    Dr Andrea Banfi
    Senior Lecturer
    A.Banfi@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Physics

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    Prof Xavier Calmet
    Professor of Physics
    X.Calmet@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Black Holes, Cosmology, General Relativity, Information Theory, Mathematical Physics, Particle astrophysics, Quantum Field Theory, Quantum Gravity, Quantum Metrology, Theoretical Particle Physics, Theoretical Physics

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    Prof Mark Hindmarsh
    Professor of Theoretical Physics
    M.B.Hindmarsh@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Cosmology, General Relativity, High Performance Computing, Particle astrophysics, Particle physics - theory

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    Dr Stephan Huber
    Reader in Theoretical Particle Physics
    S.Huber@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Beyond The Standard Model, Cosmology, Particle physics - theory, Quantum Field Theory, Supersymmetry

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    Dr Sebastian Jaeger
    Reader In Theoretical Particle Physics
    S.Jaeger@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Physics

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    Dr Daniel Litim
    Reader in Theoretical Physics
    D.Litim@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Black Holes, Cosmology, Quantum Field Theory, Quantum Gravity, Relativity

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    Dr Veronica Sanz
    Reader in Theoretical Particle Physics
    V.Sanz@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: AdS/CFT Correspondence, Collider Physics, Cosmology, Dark Matter, Extra-Dimensions, Higgs Physics, Supersymmetry

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Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in physics. Applications are also encouraged from students of other disciplines, for example mathematical physics, chemical physics or materials science.

If you are a non-EEA or Swiss national you must obtain clearance by the UK Government Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) for this degree. Please ensure you allow sufficient time for your University application to be processed in time for you to apply for ATAS clearance (and a Tier 4 Student Visa if appropriate). Find out more about ATAS.

English language requirements

Lower level (IELTS 6.0, with not less than 6.0 in each section)

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa


Scholarships and fees

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters Loan

MPhil students might be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Dr John Birch Music Scholarship (2017)

Four scholarships of £800 to reward talented musicians and encourage music performance whilst studying at Sussex.

Application deadline:

19 May 2017

Find out more about the Dr John Birch Music Scholarship

Marie-Curie Visiting PhD fellowship on the modelling and computation of shocks and interfaces (2017)

A limited term Visiting fellowship for a UK or EU fellow, with living allowance and fee waiver.

Application deadline:

1 September 2017

Find out more about the Marie-Curie Visiting PhD fellowship on the modelling and computation of shocks and interfaces

PhD Studentship in Molecular Physics (2017)

A fully-funded PhD studentship for 3.5 years for a UK/EU student

Application deadline:

1 September 2017

Find out more about the PhD Studentship in Molecular Physics

PhD studentship in Ultrafast Photonics within the European Research Council (ERC) project TIMING (2017)

A fully-funded PhD studentship for 3.5 years for a UK/EU student

Application deadline:

1 May 2017

Find out more about the PhD studentship in Ultrafast Photonics within the European Research Council (ERC) project TIMING

PhD Studentship: Inertial sensors and lattices for Quantum Technology (2017)

A fully-funded PhD studentship for 3.5 years for a UK/EU student

Application deadline:

1 September 2017

Find out more about the PhD Studentship: Inertial sensors and lattices for Quantum Technology

Part-time work

We advertise around 2,500 part-time jobs a year so you can make money and gain work experience. We have a special scheme to employ students on campus, wherever possible.

Find out more about careers and employability

How much does it cost?

Fees for self-funding students

Home: £4,195 per year

EU: £4,195 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £4,195 per year

Overseas: £18,750 per year

Our fees follow the indicative fee level set nationally by Research Council UK and may be subject to change.