School of Physical Sciences



The School of Physical Sciences offers research programmes which lead to Doctorate (PhD) or Masters (MSc) degrees with a range of cutting-edge research projects available in Astrophysics, Chemistry, Forensics, Physics and Space (see below for example projects). The supervisors are world leaders and the projects are chosen and fine-tuned to maximise the benefits and impact to the student as well as to society, culture and the economy.

Students with particular leanings can correlate their research desires with the opportunities in the groups and examples in the lists below. Students are envouraged to inquire directly with the appropriate supervisor in order to agree a research work programme. In such cases, the student must apply their own initiative to secure their own funding via one of many schemes or through personal or family finance.

Funded opportunities for very specific research projects are advertised on these webpages and other websites. The School acquires these funds from a number of Research Councils in the UK and are in addition to Graduate Teaching Assistantships. The School allocates each award directly to a Supervisor and project.

Qualifications. For a PhD programme, a first or a good second class degree is usually required. Other qualifications or experience can be taken into account. For an MSc, a lower second class can still be considered provide there is other evidence of research ability and strong motivation.

The Graduate School

The Graduate School provides a focus for all aspects of research and postgraduate training and is committed to ensuring the highest quality experience for students and staff alike. The aim is to provide high quality research training in a stimulating environment, and to allow our higher degree students to collaborate and to compete successfully with their peers within both industrial and academic settings. The skills, abilities and enthusiasm of our students are considered a vital element in our research activity.

The work carried out at Kent is of the highest academic standard and is often related to medical, commercial and industrial problems. The research groups are focused in the areas of Chemistry, Forensic Science, Functional Materials, Theoretical Physics, Applied Optics, Astrophysics and Planetary Science.

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School of Physical Sciences Research Groups

Available Research Projects

Available Research Projects

Please click here to see a list of example available research projects which can be adapted for study at MSc or PhD level. This list is not exhaustive - we can accept applications for a research topic of your own choosing provided we have an academic member of staff whose area of expertise matches your proposal. To find out more about our academic staff research interests, click here.

Funded PhD Projects

Funded PhD Projects

We usually have a number of funded PhD positions to fill each year. Details of our current funded vacancies are available by clicking here. In general, applications for funded positions must be received as soon as possible or until the position is filled, unless an advert has an explicit alternative closing date.

Current Student / Alumni and Staff Profiles

The overriding impression from our students is one of a friendly supportive department which gets to know its students and work with them to give them a rich experience.  Both the campus and Canterbury are highly regarded and seen to offer all you need for a great time at University.



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School of Physical Sciences, Ingram Building, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NH

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Last Updated: 10/05/2016