PhD Opportunities

The Physics Department is composed of 5 research groups. Details of currently available studentships are available from the research groups web pages, on the Doctoral Training Centre web pages or on UCL job opportunities.

Research Group
Admissions Tutor
Contact details
Atomic, Molecular, Optical and Positron Physics  Dr Agapi Emmanouilidou
Astrophysics and Atmospheric Physics  Prof. S Viti
Biological Physics  Prof Thanh Nguyen
Condensed Matter and Materials Physics and Biological Physics
 Dr J Blumberger
High Energy Particle Physics  Prof. N. Konstantinidis

Each of these research groups has its own admissions tutor - see names above. You should contact at least one of these admissions tutors, using the email addresses given above. You should also follow the application procedure procedure for the relevant group using the links above.

If you are interested in doing a PhD in the nanotechnology area, you will find it useful to look at the website of the London Centre for Nanotechnology, which carries out cross-disciplinary research in the areas of physics, materials, chemistry, engineering and biomedicine.

The Mullard Space Science Laboratory also offers PhD opportunities in space science, further details of these can be found at

Application Procedure

  1. Go to the graduate application webpage to fill out an application. Be sure that you read all of the information before you fill out your application.
  2. Send an email to the Departmental PhD Administrator. Also include the following details in your email:
  • Your application reference number
  • The date you submitted your application
  • Which research program you have applied for


For general enquiries about the Physics and Astronomy PhD program please send an e-mail to the Departmental Administrator for Postgraduate Admissions.

BEAMS is the UK hub for doctoral training in science and engineering, with support for more than 100 new doctoral studentships each year. Our centres address a wide range of challenges, with strong interdisciplinary focus and many projects in partnership with industry.

The funding available for PhD studies depends on which of the groups within the department you apply to, and on your nationality/ordinary country of residence/where you undertook your degree. 

Each group has a specific application procedure and possible sources of funding so for more more detailed information see the individual group pages via the links below.

UK citizens 

Are eligible for a research council award which covers tuition fees and maintenance.

EU citizens

  • If you completed your degree at a UK university you are eligible for the same research council award.
  • EU citizens who did not undertake their degree at a UK university are eligible for a tuition fees-only award, and must find maintenance money from another source.
  • UCL has a limited number (around 25) graduate scholarships which will cover both fees and a maintenance award.

Overseas (not EU)

  • Students are not eligible for any Research Council awards and must find independent funding to cover tuition fees and maintenance.

Other sources of funding for Overseas students:

  • UCL Graduate School Research Scholarships (GSRS) provides limited funding for non-UK citizens or EU citizens who did not graduate from a UK institute are. They cover both fees and cost of living.
  • Students can also apply for an Overseas Research Scholarship ORS award.

General Information

If you would like to receive a printed copy of UCL's Graduate Prospectus you can order one on the web page for prospective students.

UCL also has a website specifically devoted to the needs of international students.