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University of Nottingham: Physics PhD/MRes

Institution University of Nottingham
Department School of Physics and Astronomy
Study type Research


We have a proud history of learning and innovation. Research undertaken within the School, by Professor Sir Peter Mansfield, was recognised with a 2003 Nobel Prize for the invention of Magnetic Resonance Imaging body scanners. This technology has already helped more than half a billion people worldwide. More recently, our use of quantum technologies to understand how the brain works is changing the way that neurological conditions are detected and treated. We have been ranked joint third in the UK for research quality in physics (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

We have excellent facilities for research, including the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre.

Our research groups are:

  • Astronomy

  • Condensed Matter Theory

  • Experimental Condensed Matter and Nanoscience

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy

  • Particle Theory

  • Ultracold Atoms

You'll be integrated into the school's research community as a member of your research group. You can also take part in research seminars and colloquia given by visiting speakers.

Our Graduate School can help you develop your research skills through:

  • paid work placements

  • training courses

  • public engagement opportunities

You can also apply for travel funding to help you collaborate and present your research overseas.

Many of our research students continue with an academic career. This may start with a postdoctoral research role. Others move into research within a company. Outside of research, physics graduates can utilise their expertise in many sectors, including finance, energy, technology, or science journalism.

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

Master of Research - MRes

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