Postgraduate research opportunities

Browse through our research degree opportunities to find PhD projects and scholarships. Some of our funding options are linked to specific projects, whilst others can be applied more flexibly, allowing you to choose your research area and supervisor. These opportunities are awarded on the basis of academic merit and are very competitive, so it is important you make enquiries and apply as early as possible. Former students may be eligible for a 10% discount on fees with our alumni bursary.

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Funding schemes

Title Subject area Eligibility Deadline
STFC Doctoral Training Partnerships - Astrophysics UK and EU Applications accepted all year round
China Scholarship Council-University of Leeds Scholarship Physics and astronomy Citizens or permanent residents of the People's Republic of China 9 January 2019
EPSRC funded scholarships Physics and astronomy UK and EU 11 January 2019
Leeds Doctoral Scholarships Physics and astronomy Worldwide (International, UK and EU) 11 January 2019
Henry Ellison Scholarship Physics and astronomy UK and EU 1 June 2019

Directly funded PhD projects

Title Subject area Eligibility Deadline
Biological physics of cell trafficking: Immune cell homing at the blood vessel wall - Soft matter physics UK and EU 6 January 2019
Vitamin C microbubbles as therapeutic agents for colorectal cancer - Molecular and nanoscale physics UK and EU 7 January 2019
Microbubble treatments for controlling biofilms - Molecular and nanoscale physics UK and EU 12 January 2019
Dynamics of complex magnets – non-colinear and frustrated antiferromagnets - Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) 31 January 2019
Multi-phase CFD modelling of biological tissue (with applications in liver surgery) - Astrophysics UK and EU 11 February 2019
Synthetic Antiferromagnetic Skyrmions - Condensed matter UK and EU 11 February 2019

Competition funded PhD projects

Title Subject area Eligibility Deadline
Magnetic skyrmions in chiral multilayers - Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Proximity-induced superconductivity on topological insulator thin films - Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Quantum dot superstructures - Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
The physics of glass - fundamental mechanisms and novel applications - Soft matter physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Structure and control of DNA origami - Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
The physics of microgels and other soft colloids - Soft matter physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Topological quantum systems: synthesis and applications - Theoretical physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Application are accepted year round
All natural composites - Soft matter physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Multifunctional Inorganic Hybrid Nanoparticles for Delivery of Novel Antimicrobial Agents - Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Tuning selective gas transport in polymers by manipulation of molecular orientation - Soft matter physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Vitrimers: characterizing a new class of supramolecular materials and exploring their potential for novel applications - Soft matter physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Ultra-thin topological insulator spin-current transistor - Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Multiscale mechanics: folded globular proteins as hydrogel Lego bricks - Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Dynamics of Geometry in Topological Quantum Matter - Theoretical physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Quantum Many-Body Scars - Theoretical physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Life on Mars? Self assembly of biological molecules in extreme conditions - Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Probing the molecular composition of planet-forming regions with ALMA - Astrophysics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Spin Photovoltaics - Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Development of a high resolution microscope using microfluidic technology - Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Computer Simulations of Biological Macromolecules - Soft matter physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications are accepted all year round
Quantum Entanglement Dynamics - Theoretical physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications are accepted all year round
Simulating the atmospheres of rocky exoplanets - Astrophysics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications are accepted all year round
Development of a microfluidic device for biocatalysts - Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Single Cell Deformation for Understanding Progression - Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Symmetry and asymmetry in neural sensorimotor signal pathways - Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Fluctuation and equilibration in artificial magnetic quasicrystals - Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Teaching a machine to move atoms - Molecular and nanoscale physics Worldwide (International, UK and EU) Applications accepted all year round
Chiral spin structures in antiferromagnet-ferromagnet bilayers - Condensed matter Worldwide (International, UK and EU) 21 September 2019