Soft Matter Physics (PhD)

University of Leeds the United Kingdom

For more information about Soft Matter Physics at University of Leeds, please visit the webpage using the button above.

The award

How long you will study
find out

Domestic course fees
find out

How you will study
find out

Course starts
find out

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Soft Matter Physics at University of Leeds

Soft Matter Physics

Year: 2018/19


We offer a range of PhD opportunities in the School of Physics and Astronomy.

The Soft Matter Physics group studies: the organization, structure, and dynamics of soft matter (complex fluids), including polymer crystallisation, entangled polymer dynamics, polymer nanocomposites, gels and networks; polymeric, surfactant, and colloid solutions that self-assemble; statistical physics of soft matter in and out of equilibrium and biological complex fluids, such as proteins, membranes and nucleic acids.

Experimental facilities include NMR, rheology, mechanical testing, electrical and thermal characterisation, and light scattering. The group has roughly equal parts experiment, theory and simulation, and collaborates with colleagues in the UK, Europe and Asia. Currently the group is a member in two European Union funded networks, SOFTCOMP Network of Excellence and DYNACOP, an Initial Training Network.

The group also participate in the UK Polymer IRC, in which Leeds, Durham, Bradford and Sheffield scientists collaborate on a wide spectrum of research in macromolecular science and engineering. We also have significant opportunities to work with industrial collaborators

The School of Physics and Astronomy conducts world class research in a variety of areas, including quantum information (theory and experiment); magnetism & spintronics, and superconductivity; soft condensed matter, statistical physics, and polymers and complex fluids; biophysics, bionanotechnology, nanophysics, membranes; and astrophysics. There are numerous opportunities for experimental, theoretical, computational, and observational PhD projects.

We collaborate across campus (Mathematics, Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, etc), the UK, and worldwide. The School obtains regular funding from organisations such as the EPSRC, STFC, and the EU; and participate in a number of specific UK and EU networks (magnetism, polymer dynamics, quantum information, etc).
For more information please see our website

Associated links:

Contact details:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
School of Physics & Astronomy
University of Leeds
Woodhouse Lane
Leeds, LS2 9JT


Telephone: 0113 34 37400

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardPhDHow you will study find outHow long you will study find out
    Course starts find outDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements for this course

Contact University of Leeds to find course entry requirements.

Location of University of Leeds

University of Leeds main campus is shown on the map below:

Read more about studying in the UK