As a postgraduate student at Newcastle, you will work in a vibrant research environment alongside senior academic colleagues and fellow PhD students.
We supervise MPhil and PhD students whose interests match the expertise we have in our three main research themes.
In condensed matter and nanoscale physics we research electronic, optical, structural and magnetic properties of novel solid-state materials, particularly novel semi-conductor structures and nanostructured materials such as nanocrystals and nanowires. Theoretical studies use state-of-the-art quantum mechanical approaches and involve massively parallel supercomputing. We are actively involved in the development of new approaches to quantum modelling, enabling us to push the boundaries of the size and complexity of systems that can be modelled. Experimental investigations are frequently done at synchrotron facilities in Europe and America.
In astrophysics, galaxies and the interstellar medium, the source of the galactic magnetic field and its influence on the structure of the galaxy form the focus of our research. In cosmology, we study the early universe and its origin in the Big Bang. We also have a research programme in quantum matter, especially in superfluids and low temperature atomic gases.
Our research in biophysics explores the structure and function of cells with the aim of creating artificial life and building machines based on biological parts. Projects include protocell development and the construction of a cyborg robot. Fundamental to such tasks is an understanding of biological physics that requires the use of techniques including single molecule manipulation, atomic force microscopy and scanning tunnelling microscopy.
Programmes are delivered by the Faculty of Science Agriculture and Engineering. During your research you will receive comprehensive research training, advice and guidance from a team of academic supervisors, and use facilities that are appropriate to your project. For example, our computing facilities on campus are excellent and, through participation in research networks, you also have access to UK and international supercomputing facilities.
Many of our graduates have developed successful careers in scientific research, manufacturing, energy and the utility industries, or have applied their talents to specialist roles in other sectors such as computer modelling for the financial sector.