PhD Physics

Physics at Aberystwyth has an established reputation in leading-edge research and has fully-funded PhDstudentships (PPARC, NERC, EPSRC - including CASE, University scholarships) available in all research areas

The institute has state-of-the-art-laboratories, supercomputing and 3D visualisation facilities for research projects, and makes extensive use of national and international research facilities. A list of typical Materials Physics and Solar System Physics PhD projects is available.


The university has a proud tradition of research excellence, as demonstrated in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) assessment. It placed the university in the top 50 institutions for research power and intensity. It submitted 77% of eligible staff and 95% of the university's research was of an internationally recognised standard.

Available Research groups:

Solar System Physics group, studies the chain of events leading from the Sun, through the solar wind, to the atmospheres and surfaces of the planets.

Materials Research, advanced experimental techniques are applied in parallel with mathematical and computational modelling to elucidate the critical relationships that determine properties such as fluid flow, fracture, melting, conductivity and light emission in materials such as liquids, foams, glass, ceramics, semiconductors, nanoparticles and thin films.

Our Staff

Department of Physics Lecturers are all qualified to PhD level and have a track record of research in their fields of specialisation.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

A minimum of at least an upper second class honours degree is required for a PhD or for any funding. For further details, contact the department.

To find out more about applying please see our how to apply section

Apply online now for a research course in Pure or Applied Physics