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Postgraduate research degrees

The School of Physics and Astronomy is one of the leading centres for research in the UK. There are five main research groups;

  • Astrophysics
  • Condensed Matter
  • Molecular and Nanoscale Physics
  • Soft Matter
  • Theoretical Physics


We have a strong interdisciplinary ethos involving other departments and schools within the University of Leeds and elsewhere, as well as industrial and commercial establishments.


We welcome PhD applications from students with backgrounds in the relevant sciences and mathematics, including physics, mathematics, engineering, chemistry, and even computer science and some biosciences if you have the right background.

Watch a video to find out more about how postgraduate research is a step up from an undergraduate degree.

Please contact us for more information.



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Risalat Khan

Condensed Matter Physics

"It is not only useful but also immensely interesting to know how nature works. This forms the basis of why I study physics."
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