Scottish Universities Physics Alliance

Kelvin Building
University of Glasgow
University Avenue
G12 8QQ

SUPA profile imageThe Scottish Universities Physics Alliance is a strategic alliance of eight physics schools with a shared research strategy: the universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot- Watt, St Andrews, Strathclyde and West of Scotland. SUPA is a community of more than 1200 physicists (academics, research staff and 600 postgraduate students) across Scotland.

Why study with us
SUPA has established Scotland as a recognized international leader in research and advanced postgraduate training in physics. You will be part of a national network of experts, with access to quality training and seminars, as well as excellent public-engagement and outreach opportunities throughout Scotland. The Graduate School provides a welcome event to meet your fellow students, regular careers-focused seminars to help you think about the future, and an annual showcase of the research taking place across SUPA.

Training and development
Over the first two years of a SUPA doctorate, you are expected to undertake a minimum of 40 hours of advanced specialist courses, and 20 hours of professional development training. The specialist courses aim to broaden your knowledge and depth of understanding, while the professional development training is specifically designed for physicists. We offer a wide variety of training courses using our video-conference network in our eight partner universities, so you’ll receive training from the experts regardless of their, or your, location.

What we are looking for
Each of our universities has something unique to offer, and each has particular specialisms. Whether you’re looking for a big city or town, experimental or theoretical research, being part of a small project or a vast collaboration, take a look at all our member institutions to find your perfect fit.

University of Aberdeen, University of Dundee, The University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, Heriot-Watt University, University of St Andrews, University of Strathclyde, University of the West of Scotland

Number of researchers
600 PhD and EngD students

Main areas of research
Astronomy, condensed matter, energy, particle physics, photonics, nuclear
physics, materials science, plasma physics, physics and life sciences, quantum, space science

Eligible to work in the UK

How to apply
For links to the SUPA physics department recruitment information, visit

Closing date
All year round


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