Physics and Astronomy

PhD Opportunities

We welcome applications from potential PhD students at any time. Normal start date is September of each year.

We provide PhD opportunities in each of our research groups. Suggested projects and supervisors can be found on the Research Group webpages. Feel free to contact each group’s admissions coordinator, as well as prospective supervisors if you have questions about a project, or in case you would like to propose your own topic:

Astronomy Centre

Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (AMO)

Experimental Particle Physics

Materials Physics

Mathematical Physics

Quantum Systems & Devices

Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies

Theoretical Particle Physics

Funding your PhD

We have a range of funding sources for PhD students which is typically restricted to particular research directions and in many cases has restrictions based on nationality and residency.  At the same time, you are welcome to apply to any of our projects, or propose your own, if you can fund your studies through an independent financial sponsor (such as the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, CONACYT, etc), or can self-fund. Please contact research groups and supervisors. 

In addition, please see the University funding and scholarships directory which also lists funding opportunities.


Every applicant needs to make an on-line application which includes references and evidence of academic qualifications. More details including eligibility requirements can be found on our prospectus pages.

Apply on-line here