Researchers and students at Bristol are involved in cutting-edge research in areas such as particle physics and quantum photonics, and in international collaborations such as the LHC. Teaching is exceptionally well provided for, with more than 15 new lecturers appointed in recent years. You will be taught in a world class research environment by specialists working in many different fields across the discipline.
My research is carried out in the Correlated Electron Systems group and my PhD is based around the study of superconductivity with neutrons.
I often get to travel to world-leading facilities in France and Germany as well as trips to the Rutherford-Appleton Lab near Oxford to carry out my experiments. Experiments have been a great opportunity for me to meet and collaborate with many talented and committed researchers from around the world.
Living in Bristol has been a fantastic experience. The city has many diverse areas and a lot of interesting things to do, as well as good transport links (ie escape routes). This can become especially important during times of high stress – an inevitable part of PhD study. The University itself has a very strong sense of community and this is especially true of the Physics Department. In my opinion, for a PhD student living in Bristol is near-ideal.
I am working in the Astrophysics group doing my PhD in observational cosmology.
The great thing is that I am using world class observatories such as the 32-m Torun telescope in Poland, and the 110-m Green Bank Telescope (GBT) of the NRAO located in West Virginia USA, to obtain the data for my experiment.
Working with such facilities enables me to gain valuable skills and experience which are important.
One thing about being a graduate student in the Bristol area is that you are living in a city that is easily accessible, with the University being in the city.
I started studying Physics at Bristol in September 2013, somewhat apprehensive, having only changed my mind to do Physics rather than Engineering in the past year. Within a week however, I knew I'd made the right choice: the modules we studied were interesting (even at 5 O'Clock on a Friday afternoon!) and even labs, something I had dreaded doing, turned out to be doable, and after some time, even likeable!
I also chose to take the four year MSci degree, with the intention of studying my third year abroad in Germany.
I've always wanted to study in a foreign country, and so when the opportunity came up to study German alongside my other Physics modules, I went for it! For the course, I have a few extra seminars each week (all in German, of course!) and from that, I can then have my third year abroad. I love living in Bristol, but having the opportunity to live and study in a different country for a year is something I absolutely cannot wait for!
Studying in Bristol is an amazing experience. The university is one of the best in the country with excellent facilities which offer us a wide range of opportunities. However, what makes the experience special is the friendly environment - not only around the campus but generally in the city. This city will reward anyone that chooses to study here. No matter what your taste in music or your hobbies are there is something for you to do in Bristol.
A Physics course consists of similar material in most universities. What sets the School of Physics in Bristol apart is the friendly academic staff and the huge number of research opportunities. It is important to be able to apply what you are taught in lectures, so a significant amount of our time here is spent in high technology laboratories making studying here even more interesting.
I moved from Cyprus to study in the UK. Obviously it can be hard at the beginning to adapt to a new culture but there are so many opportunities here that it is worth taking the risk. Personally I now consider Bristol a home, not just the place I am studying.
Out of everything I love about Bristol, the thing I love most is the people.
Despite the stereotype, my physics friends are some of the most sociable people I know, and I've made friends here who I know I'll be friends with for the rest of my life. In addition to going together to events organized by CHAOS (the aptly named physics society), my friends and I often arrange our own evenings watching films or going to the pub. We all have great fun, and it's a good way to relax and distract ourselves from work.
When it comes to studying, everyone supports one another, and if I get stuck on a problem I know I have friends who I can ask for help. It's a great environment to work in, and I know I wouldn't be doing as well as I am if it weren't for all my fantastic friends backing me up!