Postgraduate studies

Masters programmes

Our group is deeply involved in the MSc in Theoretical Physics and MSc in Mathematical Physics courses. The main objective of these programmes is to introduce advanced ideas and techniques that are applicable in a wide range of research areas, emphasising the underlying physics concepts. Building upon our integrated Masters (MPhys) programmes and our existing graduate-level courses, the new MSc programmes have been designed to give students a solid foundation in theoretical and mathematical physics as a preparation for research in academia or industry.

Please contact one of our MSc programme directors, Dr. Roger Horsley or Dr. Brian Pendleton, if you have any questions about these courses. 

PhD programme

The research group in Particle Physics Theory at the University of Edinburgh is one of the largest in the UK. We have a large group of PhD students from around the world: recent examples include students from Ireland, Germany, Italy, the United States, as well as the UK. We are always interested in good students who would like to join us and begin studying for a PhD. We offer PhD projects in all our main areas of research. In many cases, full funding is available.

What we are looking for

  • You should have a keen interest in mathematical and theoretical physics, and in using this to understand particle physics.
  • You should have, or expect to get, a high 2:1 Honours degree in physics or a related subject (or the equivalent, for applicants from outside the UK).

What we can offer you

As part of the chance to carry out a PhD research project in Edinburgh's large and diverse PPT research group, we fund all tuition fees, a tax-free stipend of £14,000 per annum and expenses for all research trips.  We also offer:

  • Flexibility to choose your project and supervisor during your first semester if desired;
  • Comprehensive training in graduate level theoretical physics;
  • Further training at summer schools and workshops and in transferable skills;
  • Opportunities to present your results at international conferences;
  • Visits to related international research institutes.

Whilst you are here, you will also be able to enjoy the famously full range of cultural, sporting and recreational activities that the University, the City of Edinburgh and Scotland all have to offer.

How to apply

The deadline will be January 31, 2018 for positions beginning in September 2018.  For further information on the application procedure and funding opportunities, see our degree information page. Please note that some funding sources (notably the Principal’s Career Development PhD Scholarships) require an additional application which we strongly encourage. The application form has a section for a research proposal - we do not require a detailed proposal here, although it would be helpful to give a brief indication of your general interests. If you would like any further information, please contact Dr. Jenni Smillie.