PhD opportunities across Scotland

Scotland, UK
10 Dec 2021
30 Jun 2022

The 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. We are a community of over 1,200 physicists (academics, research staff and 600 postgraduate students) across Scotland, working in and across our key themes:

  • Astronomy & Space Science
  • Condensed Matter & Materials Science
  • Energy
  • Nuclear & Plasma Physics
  • Particle Physics
  • Photonics
  • Physics & Life Sciences

SUPA has established Scotland as a recognised 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-focussed seminars to help you think about the future, and an annual showcase of the research taking place across SUPA.

Over the first two years of a SUPA doctorate, you are expected to undertake a minimum of 40hrs specialist physics courses, and 20hrs professional development training. The specialist courses aim to broaden your knowledge and depth of understanding, while the professional development 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.

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.