Computational molecular physics

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
PhD Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October January to April
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
January to April

Our area of research is the study of molecular physics. We are interested in developing and applying theoretical and computational tools to describe the multielectron dynamics of molecular systems. Specifically, we study low energy electron and positron collisions with molecules as well as their photoionization and other photon-induced phenomena. We also develop the software employed to study these processes.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English

Potential research projects

We welcome enquiries from prospective students in the following areas:

  • Electron induced molecular fragmentation by dissociative electron attachment
  • Environment assisted/enhanced electron-induced processes
  • Multiphoton and strong-filed ionization of small molecules

Current/recent research projects

  • Electron and positron collisions with biomolecules and molecules of technological importance
  • Hydration effects on resonance formation in electron-molecule collisions

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,786 per year Full time: £15,698 per year
Part time: £2,393 per year Part time: £7,849 per year

Some of our research students are funded via Doctoral Training Partnerships; some are funded by University studentships; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, visit Fees and studentships.

To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships.


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