Applied Optics Group

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PhD Projects for Sep 2024 Start

We offer a range of projects in the areas of applied and biomedical optics suitable for a PhD in Physics. You will receive comprehensive training by research in an advanced area of optics or photonics, preparing you for a career in research and development roles in industry or academia.

In the Applied Optics Group we develop imaging and sensing technologies for real-world applications. Our work spans from development of lasers up to full imaging systems and applications-focused research. We mostly focus on experimental optics, but projects can also be designed with a strong computing or modelling component. Many projects will involve external collaborators, and some can be co-supervised with clinicians from London and the National Health Service.

Fully funded PhD Studentships available in Label Free Endomicroscopy and OCT & Deep Learning.

Example projects on offer can be found at the bottom of the page, although these are not exhaustive and we welcome enquiries from potential students who wish to undertake projects on other topics within our research area. If funding is attached to a project then this is clearly indicated, otherwise the projects do not have funding attached and require a separate application to a scholarship scheme.

We are a friendly, international group, and as a PhD student you will collaborating with academics, postdoctoral researchers, other PhD students and visiting researchers. We provide office and laboratory space for each student in the Photonics Centre, we have regular seminars and a journal club, our Optica Student Chapter organises social, educational and outreach events, and have access to wide range of postgraduate training opportunities. Read more about studying in the AOG.

There is no deadline for PhD admissions, applicants are assessed on a rolling basis. However, scholarships and funding schemes typically have deadlines early in the academic year, please check these carefully. Applications should be made via the online system at:, but please contact potential supervisor(s) in advance to discuss your application.

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