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Durham University

Department of Physics

PG research in Elementary Particle Theory


Dr Michael Spannowsky (

The Centre for Particle Theory is a combined research group in the Mathematics and Physics Departments. This is the largest such group in the country, with more than 80 members and active research interests in all branches of the subject. In addition to the 26 permanent members of academic staff, there are about 12 postdoctoral research associates and 50 postgraduate students.

Students are taken by both departments to read for Ph.D. which is a research degree or the taught M.Sc degree (which is administered by the Mathematical Sciences Department). The two departments are situated about 200 metres apart in modern buildings with excellent facilities. Each student is assigned to a member of staff who supervises his/her research on a personal basis.

All Ph.D. students are required to attend the M.Sc. lecture courses and to take the examinations in January and March which form part of the first year assessment. 

There are typically three EPSRC awards for CPT students within the Physics Department. We recommend that applications for these studentships are submitted by the beginning of February.