PhD Opportunities

UCL Mathematical & Physical Sciences Postgraduate Open Day – 23 November 2016

UCL’s Faculty of Mathematical & Physical Sciences is hosting a Postgraduate Open Day, showcasing ALL of the postgraduate programmes and study options available in the faculty.  This exceptional event allows students to easily compare hundreds of programmes and opportunities from more than 10 different Departments & Research Centres side by side, covering a broad range of science disciplines.

Why consider further study at UCL?

  • See how UCL students excel in London
  • UCL Postgraduates have great links to employers and we do more to help students learn about, start, or grow their own businesses than any other UK University
  • UCL secures more research funding from the UK Government Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council than both Oxford and Cambridge Universities
  • UCL has more Centres for Doctoral Training than any other University, (9 of the UK’s 70 Centres)
  • UCL Postgraduates have high average starting salaries – Ranked 4th in the UK by The Guardian (2013) for employment prospects – (Taught Programmes= £27,346, Research programmes = £35,028)

When & where?

The open day is being held from 2-7pm on 23 November 2016, in the Wilkins Building on UCL’s main campus.

For further details, and to reserve your place, please visit:

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  Dr Andrew Pontzen
Biological Physics  Prof Thanh Nguyen
Condensed Matter and Materials Physics and Biological Physics
 Dr Mark Buitelaar
High Energy Particle Physics  Dr Gavin Hesketh

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

UCL 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. Click the blue 'Apply now' button near the bottom of the page.
  3. After reading apply on-line checklist, click the blue 'Submit' button on the bottom.  Enter the on-line application website.
  4. Choose department as Physics & Astronomy, and programme group as postgraduate research.  The study type and start year should be chosen according to your circumstances.  Click 'search now' and select the one you want to apply.
  5. Create a new application account by clicking the button 'New user' on the right-hand side of the page.
  6. Follow the instructions on the webpage and finish the on-line application form.  Note that you will need to upload an electronic copy of your academic transcriptand a personal statement.


For general enquiries about the Physics and Astronomy PhD program, please send an email to Postgraduate Administrator, Nadia Waller.

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.