Postgraduate research in physics and astronomy
Join a research community that’s nurtured 13 Nobel Prize winners and is home to facilities including the world-famous Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory and a new £10 million extension to our Schuster Laboratory.
Where our physicists include the discoverers of graphene Professor Sir Andre Geim and Professor Sir Konstantin Novoselov, and Professor Brian Cox.
Discover your tomorrow
Get ready for a life changing experience like no other; find out about postgraduate research at The University of Manchester.
Explore postgraduate research in physics
Start your PhD journey by finding the research project that best suits you. .
Search through our live research projects to find your future team.
Getting in touch with a potential supervisor for your project is a crucial key part of your PhD journey.
There are lots of ways you can secure funding for your postgraduate research. Depending on the project you’re applying for, there are a range of options available at different times of the year.
Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs)
Find out more about these funded PhD opportunities where you gain valuable practical experience while training as part of a cohort.
Start your new tomorrow. Find out how to submit an application.
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Accelerator, nuclear and particle physics
Bringing together experimental and theoretical research into accelerator, nuclear and particle physics.
Astronomy, astrophysics and cosmology
Covering modern astrophysics, from the origin of the universe to the discovery of other star systems.
Condensed matter, atomic and biological physics
Studying emerging phenomena in complex systems in sizes ranging from atomic to macroscopic.
Our centre at Jodrell Bank, and close links with a range of key institutes are pivotal to the quality of our work.
Our outstanding facilities enable us to carry out the pioneering work for which we are known.