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Applied Optics Group

PhD Projects for 2022 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 a range of applications. Our work spans from development of lasers up to full system development 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 local National Health Service Trusts.

A fully funded EPSRC scholarship is available for 2022 start – details here.

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.

As a PhD student you will be fully immersed in the research group, collaborating with academics, postdoctoral researchers, PhD students and other visiting researchers. We provide office and laboratory space for each student, including infrastructure, optics, electronics, and computing resources. You will also attend regular group and school meetings, including our monthly seminars and our journal club, 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, but all students must begin by September 2022. However, scholarships and funding schemes typically have deadlines early in the year, please check these carefully. Applications should be made via the online system at: https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/212/physics, but please contact potential supervisor(s) in advance to discuss your application.

Information on student fees is at: https://www.kent.ac.uk/finance-student/fees/tuition/index.html#!pg

Information on Kent scholarships is at: https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate