Postgraduate opportunities


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More information about the Particle Physics Group

The University of Bristol Particle Physics group is at the forefront of data analysis and operations for the CMS, LHCb, NA62 and SoLid experiments. We also work at the cutting edge of research and development on novel detectors and systems for future experiments, such as the LHC upgrades, DUNE, SHiP, LZ, Mu3e and Linear Colliders, as well as other applications inside and outside particle physics.

Fully funded 3.5 year STFC-funded studentships are available from October 2020, including a posting of up to 18 months at CERN.

Bristol PhD students typically join one of these experiments, undertaking some physics analysis as their main activity and will be involved in some aspect of the detector operation. There are also opportunities for interested applicants to focus on the detector upgrade programme, including hardware R&D and software simulation studies.

We offer an extensive postgraduate training programme, including attendance at two residential schools during the first year.

Open Day

The date of our next Open Day will take place on Wednesday, 04 March 2020.

The Open Day will consist of an introduction to the School and the research group, lunch and a tour of our research facilities. Attendance is by invitation only and we will interview each candidate. 

For further information, please contact Kostas Petridis

How to apply

If you are interested in pursuing your Physics postgraduate study in Bristol you should complete our 2020 online application form by Wednesday, 19 February 2020. Note that earlier deadlines apply for specific overseas scholarships (see below).

Please make sure to select 'Particle Physics' and to press the 'Submit' button at the end of your application.

Applicants should ask two named referees to send us directly a letter of recommendation. These should be from academic referees who know the applicant personally and who can comment on their aptitude for research. The referees will receive automatic invites to submit their letters after you complete your submission.

You should also include copies of certificates, transcripts and any other supporting documents (including English Language certificates, if applicable) with your application.

It can be helpful to attach a brief curriculum vitae / résumé that includes a description of your research interests. A detailed plan of your proposed research and personal statement are not needed, but it is useful to know what kind of research you are interested in.

Applications are carefully considered by our team of academics. Suitable applicants are usually invited to visit the School, meet prospective advisers and discuss research opportunities.

STFC studentships and funding

Some of our PhD studentships are funded by STFC. For the 2019-20 academic year, STFC paid UK students a tax-free stipend of approximately £15,009 per annum for 3.5 years, as well as paying university fees. We expect at least the same level of support for the year 2020-2021.

In addition, there is support for travel and conference attendance and the opportunity to spend an extended period of time onsite at CERN, with the option of living abroad near the CERN facility for 6-18 months depending on circumstance.

For more information on eligibility for STFC funding, please visit the STFC website.

Funding for EU and overseas students

An EU student who has been resident in the UK for the last 3 years is eligible for full STFC funding. When you apply we can give you up-to-date information on your specific funding situation.

We also welcome overseas applications, although students from outside the EU currently cannot receive STFC funding. In this case we recommend seeking alternative funding/sponsors to cover the university postgraduate tuition fee of £23,200 per annum.

The International Office website has more information on international scholarships and other sources of funding.

We also offer funding through the China Scholarship Council for PhD studentships. Complete your application by Friday, 17 January 2020 in order to be considered for this scholarship. More information and a link to the application form can be found here.


Alternative funding through the School of Physics also exists for highly capable overseas and EU students. If you wish to apply, please contact Kostas Petridis

Masters by research

We also offer one year Masters courses. You will follow part of the taught programme of the PhD programme and perform an intensive research project. The Masters is a degree in its own right, though this can be converted to the start of a PhD. For more information on funding available for postgraduate Masters, please visit the University's Fees and Funding page.

For more information on this or any other postgraduate query, contact Kostas Petridis

Who to contact:

If you are interested in any of our postgraduate opportunities, contact  Kostas Petridis.

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