Opportunities leading to a PhD degree are available within the various research groups. Currently the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences has over 80 postgraduate PhD students. To enter our PhD programme you require an upper-second or first class MPhys/MSci/MEng degree, or a good performance at Masters level, in Physics, Engineering or a suitable related subject. Only under exceptional circumstances will BSc-only graduates be considered for the PhD programme. The typical period of study for a PhD is 3½-years full-time or 4 - 6-years part-time. Part-time students can remain based in another organisation, provided that appropriate research and supervision arrangements can be made. Postgraduate work experience will also be taken into account when assessing applications.

We have a number of studentships available each year funded by EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) for home students. Postgraduate students are encouraged to contribute to the teaching activities of the School, both for the experience and as a method of earning some additional income.

Overseas applicants should check the University’s entry standards for English language skills.

Up to three University Scholarships may be available for outstanding overseas students each year. Entry qualifications for non-UK students are determined on an individual basis.

Current PhD and EngD opportunities

New projects are currently being added...

PhD and EngD Vacancies
Project Title Supervisor

Spectroscopy & Dynamics of Atmospherically Relevant Molecules in the Time and Frequency Domains

Dr Dave Townsend

Quantum Networking

Dr. Alessandro Fedrizzi

Industrial CASE PhD Studentship - Process fundamentals for the additive manufacture (3D printing) of metals

Prof. A. J. Moore

Finite element (FE) modelling of the additive manufacture (3D printing) of metals

Prof. A. J. Moore

Designer two-dimensional heterostructures for quantum photonics

Prof. Brian Gerardot

Semiconductor devices for quantum networking

Dr Cristian Bonato

Photoelectron Circular Dichroism as a Chiral Probe

Dr Dave Townsend

Time-Resolved Photoelectron Spectroscopy using Hollow-Core Photonic Crystal Fibres

Dr Dave Townsend

Miniature femtosecond laser frequency combs for astrophotonics and quantum metrology

Prof. Derryck Reid

3D printing of micro-scale graded shape memory components for in-vivo actuated medical devices

Prof. Duncan Hand

Theoretical PhD project on quantum communication and quantum information

Prof. Erika Andersson

 Quantum-Enhanced Imaging in Extreme Environments

Prof. Gerald Buller

 Next Generation Components for Quantum Communication

Prof. Gerald Buller

Quantum Image Teleportation with Entangled Light Sources

Dr Jonathan Leach

Ultrafast lasers for surgical applications

Dr Jon Shephard

Laser controlled nanoparticle deposition

Dr Jon Shephard

New optical components and devices from micro-structured fibres

Dr Jon Shephard

Ultra-nonlinear epsilon-near-zero flat optics

Dr. Marcello Ferrera

Index-near-zero-embedded optical resonators

Dr. Marcello Ferrera

New insights into the ultrafast optical physics of quantum-confined semiconductors

Dr. Maria Ana Cataluna

Extreme physics of ultrafast semiconductor lasers

Dr. Maria Ana Cataluna

Quantum Communication beyond Qubits

Dr. Mehul Malik

Quantum Information Processing with Complex Scattering Media

Dr. Mehul Malik

Integrated nonlinear photonics

Dr. Mohammed F. Saleh

3D laser beam shaping

Dr Xianzhong Chen

Developing new concepts and novel optical devices

Dr Xianzhong Chen

Quantum Phase Transitions Driven by Quantum Fields

Michael Hartmann

Laser machining of ceramics for medical ultrasound applications

Prof. Duncan Hand

General Opportunities

Most of the projects in the list above are identified as potentially having EPSRC DTA studentship support, which is restricted to UK resident students only. Typically we award around 10 such studentships annually. Although the usual start date is in October, we can take students at other times of year. The projects could equally run with students supported by other means, which in many cases have no nationality restrictions. However, the number of studentships in this case is very limited and the competition is high. The studentships available include:

  • Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) Prize Studentships [latest applications 31st January 2016]:  These are prestigious and competitive awards that are intended to attract outstanding students from around the world. Please visit the SUPA website for further information. SUPA opens a single door into all Physics PhDs in Scotland. When you apply for a SUPA PhD Studentship, you will also be considered for all other funded places available in Physics departments in Scotland. To apply please visit http://apply.supa.ac.uk/
  • Scottish Doctoral Training Centre in Condensed Matter [latest application 31st March]: Fully funded PhD studentships are available in Condensed Matter research. For further information please visit the Condensed Matter DTC website.
  • Centre for Doctoral Training in Applied Photonics: Successful candidates will have their fees paid and receive an annual stipend of £20,363 (for 2015 starts). For company employees who study the EngD, the funding arrangement is different, as the company continues to pay the salary of the employee and the company contributes financially to the input given by the Centre and Academic Supervisor. For more information please see https://www.cdtphotonics.hw.ac.uk/​
  • EPS Scholarships [application deadline 31st January 2018]: These are University awards providing full university postgraduate fees and a contribution to maintenance costs. James Watt scholarships provide £15,000 per annum for a maximum of three years.  Start-up and DTP scholarships provide £14,553 per year.  For further information please see: list of EPS scholarship projects.
  • Partial Scholarships The scholarships provide full fees and a contribution towards maintenance for up to three years. Please also visit our scholarships pages.
  • Fees Only Scholarships: These scholarships provide full fees for up to three years. Further information can also be found on our scholarship pages..

Note that each studentship award scheme may have different closing dates and you should check carefully the websites before you submit an application. In addition, there may be EPSRC project studentships available in the Department, which can support UK, EU or possibly Overseas students. Some of the projects may be advertised in http://www.findaphd.com/.

Please contact the Dr. Fabio Biancalana for further information about PhD studies and application forms.

Contact: Dr Fabio Biancalana, Director of Postgraduate Studies, tel +44 (0) 131 451 3773, e-mail F.Biancalana@hw.ac.uk