Physics and Astronomy PhD opportunities

The School of Physics and Astronomy’s performance in the Research Excellence Framework, the system for assessing the quality of research in the UK higher education institutions, has highlighted that 90% of research outputs in the School were rated as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Our research portfolio is wide-ranging, and covers three principal themes: Particle and Nuclear Physics; Quantum Matter and Nanoscale Science; and Astronomy. We have over 120 academic and research staff together with 120 graduate students with around 50 technical and clerical support staff. Our annual research income is over £8 million and more than 250 research publications are produced each year.

Hear from our PhD students

PhD students from the Gravitational Wave Group talk about their PhD and why they chose the University of Birmingham:

Video guide:
0:06 - Why did you choose the University of Birmingham?
0:46 - What's the best thing about studying at Birmingham?
1:10 - The Gravitational Wave Research Group
1:42 - What's your highlight at Birmingham?
2:18 - What advice would you give to prospective PhD students?