Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics


Information for PhD applicants

Independently-funded students

We welcome applications from independently-funded students at any time for research on any topic within the AMO group.  Enquire direct to individual AMO faculty, or to


Applicants wishing to study for the PhD in Physics within the AMO group should hold, or expect to hold, a UK first class honours degree, or a good UK Masters degree, in a relevant subject.

Equivalent qualifications from outside the UK are accepted.  If you are unsure about the equivalence of your non-UK qualifications, contact us on .

Academic requirements may vary from the above for specific studentships.  See the studentship advertisement for details.

Overseas (ex-EU) students

Our studentships waive fees at the UK/EU level.  Due to UK government requirements, ex-EU students have higher fees.  We are unable to offer a waiver of the full fees so ex-EU applicants must state how they propose the additional fees be financed.  Fees and living expenses for Sussex degree are listed here.

How to apply

To apply for an advertised studentship, follow the instructions in the studentship advertisement.

To apply for a PhD place if you have independent funding, use the Sussex portal ( and state your source of funding when completing the Other Information/Finance section.

Contact us

You are welcome to contact AMO faculty direct if you are interested in studying with us.

If you have questions about your eligibility, or the application process, contact Richard Chambers on