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On quantum scales, there are many second laws of thermodynamics

New research from UCL has uncovered additional second laws of thermodynamics which complement the ordinary second law of thermodynamics, one of the most fundamental laws of nature. These new second laws are generally not noticeable except on very small scales, at which point, they become increasingly important. More...

Published: Feb 10, 2015 11:55:53 AM

Spectrum of hot methane

Spectrum of hot methane in astronomical objects using a comprehensive computed line list

A powerful new model to detect life on planets outside of our solar system, more accurately than ever before, has been developed by researchers from UCL Physics & Astronomy and the University of New South Wales. More...

Published: Jun 18, 2014 4:54:56 PM

Quantum Phase Transitions

"Like melting an entire iceberg with a hot poker" – UCL scientists explore the strange world of quantum phase transitions

“What a curious feeling,” says Alice in Lewis Carroll’s tale, as she shrinks to a fraction of her size, and everything around her suddenly looks totally unfamiliar. Scientists too have to get used to these curious feelings when they examine matter on tiny scales and at low temperatures: all the behaviour we are used to seeing around us is turned on its head. More...

Published: May 13, 2014 4:06:57 PM

PhD studentships in the AMOPP group


The AMOPP group has a lively and vibrant community of students working towards a PhD qualification, and we have a regular intake of new PhD students.

We are presently recruiting PhD students for research in all areas of AMOPP research:

We have a number of project studentships available for students connected to specific research projects:

For further details please contact the group's postgraduate admission tutor Dr. Agapi Emmanouilidou at ucapaem@ucl.ac.uk.

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. The application process for DTA studentships (Ph.D studentships allocated to the AMOPP group) starting Fall 2015 is now open. The application deadline is February 2nd 2015. The interviews for these positions will take place in late February. Note that besides the Ph.D positions allocated to the AMOPP group several academic staff have their own funding for additional Ph.D positions. Applications for these latter positions will still be accepted until positions are filled.
  3. E-mail a completed UCL AMOPP form to the AMOPP group's postgraduate admission tutor Dr. Agapi Emmanouilidou at a.emmanouilidou@ucl.ac.uk to inform her of your application. This form can be downloaded from here /phys/amopp/studentships. This is an essential step. You need to submit this form in order for your application to be considered by AMOPP.

Further Information

Should you require any further information regarding opportunities in a research area of the AMOPP group at UCL, individual members of staff will always be pleased to help with enquiries about their research work . For general enquiries regarding PhD studentships in the AMOPP group, please contact the AMOPP group's postgraduate admission tutor Dr. Agapi Emmanouilidou at ucapaem@ucl.ac.uk.

The graduate prospectus contains detailed information about our PhD program and further information can be found on the graduate application webpage. For general enquiries about the Physics and Astronomy PhD program please send an e-mail to the Departmental Administrator for Postgraduate Admissions.

Funding & Scholarships

For non-UK/EU students with excellent academic records a number of scholarships are available through the UCL graduate school. If you are interested in applying for one of these scholarships you must first fill out an application and contact the postgraduate admission tutor no later than early January each year. 

Seaton award

An award of £1000 has been established in honour of Prof M Seaton FRS, a distinguished atomic physicist and former member of the group. The award will assist new students joining the AMOPP group. One recipient will be selected by the group every year on the basis of academic merit and particular circumstances (eg students coming from abroad or moving to London).