The Theoretical Physics group at the University of Nottingham carries out research in the general area of theoretical condensed matter physics. We aim to use a variety of analytical and computational techniques to investigate the ways in which order and complexity arise within condensed matter.
Our work falls into three main areas:
- Quantum Phenomena in Nanostructures
- Ultra-Cold Atoms and other Quantum Fluids
- Statistical Physics and its Applications
Further information can be found on the Condensed Matter Theory website.
Each student is provided with their own desk space, and has access to a computer and the wider university computing and library facilities. When required, research students also have access to the University’s High Performance Computing Cluster, one of the fastest academic computer systems in the world.
Photocopying and telephone facilities are also provided.
The school has an established Research Training programme for new postgraduate students, designed to introduce researchers to key skills within their field, and to provide basic transferable research skills.
In the last two years, we have spent more than £500,000 on a complete refurbishment of all of our teaching laboratories and purchase of new equipment.
As well as the main Physics building, the school has two additional centres sited close by - the Centre for Astronomy & Particle Physics (CAPT) and the Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre (SPMMRC). In 2003, Professor Sir Peter Mansfield, a researcher in the school for many years, jointly received the Nobel for Medicine for development of magnetic resonance imaging for medical purposes. Also linked to the school is the newly opened Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Centre, a coordinated nanotechnology resource for pure and applied research and teaching.
Postgraduates are integrated into the research community of the School through participation in research seminars given by visiting speakers, and research workshops given by members of the school. There is an active postgraduate research group in each of the school's main research areas.
Each student normally has two research supervisors from within the school.
The Graduate Office is here to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond.
The Students' Union is a particularly important source of support.
Find a supervisor
We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. Details of research supervisors at the University can be found on our research A to Z
Financial support for maintenance and university fees is available from the Research Councils, particularly EPSRC, PPARC and MRC, from University and School Studentships, and from industry.
Suitably qualified British students normally resident in Great Britain are eligible for Research Council studentships, which cover both maintenance and fees. Occasionally industrially-linked CASE studentships are also available.
Although Research Councils will pay the fees of suitably qualified EC nationals, both maintenance and fees may also be covered by the University/School studentships.
Research students may usually expect to augment their income by undertaking up to six hours per week of demonstration in practical laboratories or by marking undergraduate exercises.
The University Graduate School operates two schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research. The Graduate School Travel Prize and Universitas21 funding.
For prospective students, the University has introduced a new funding database . The Graduate School also holds a list of other sources of funding . Studentship opportunities are also available.
International and EU students
The University of Nottingham offers a range of research scholarships for outstanding international and EU students.
Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your research course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.
The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.
Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.
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Average starting salary and career progression
In 2016, 90.9% of postgraduates in the school who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £28,260 with the highest being £30,000.*
*Known destinations of full-time home higher degree postgraduates 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career Prospects and Employability
The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.
Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service. Individual guidance appointments, career management training programme, access to resources and invitations to events including skills workshops and recruitment fairs are just some of the ways in which they can help you develop your full potential, whether you choose to continue within an academic setting or are looking at options outside of academia.
* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.