The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow is highly rated by the UK government for its research, and our research groups are internationally renowned for their work.  The strong links with other institutions in SUPA, as well as across the UK and internationally in major research collaborations contribute to an excellent environment for top quality research.  The Postgraduate Research Opportunities make it an excellent place to study for a PhD and our undergraduate courses offer the chance to get involved in research projects in cutting edge science.

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The Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute/AEI) is the largest research institute in the world specializing in general relativity and beyond.

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The University of Strathclyde has enjoyed success at the prestigious Times Higher Education awards for the third consecutive year, after being named Entrepreneurial University of the Year. Research at Strathclyde crosses the traditional boundaries between disciplines to address the important challenges facing our world today. As well as support for research strength in all academic subjects, we actively pursue collaborative and multidisciplined research initiatives.

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The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL) was founded in January 2009 and is thus one of the youngest Max Planck Institutes. Currently it consists of three divisions, several independent research groups and three Technical Development and Service Units (TDSU).

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The University of St Andrews is one of the leading research-intensive universities in the world. The Research@StAndrews portal showcases the excellent research at University of St Andrews.

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Research at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics concentrates on the interaction of light and matter under extreme conditions. One focus is the high-precision spectroscopy of hydrogen. In the course of these measurements Prof. Theodor W. Hänsch developed the frequency comb technique for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2005.

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Research in Physical Sciences at Heriot-Watt University spans the fundamental to the applied. Interdisciplinary is central to the university's research strategy against a policy of maximising the impact of research outputs.

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The Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids is dedicated to the discovery of new materials with unusual properties.

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The University of Edinburgh's School of Physics & Astronomy is one of the leading Physics departments in the UK. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercises (RAE2008) it was ranked 6th, with 45% of our research rated 3* (internationally excellent), and a further 20% rated 4* (world-leading).

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Lithium batteries that provide electric cars with power, superconductors that conduct electricity over long distances without loss, solar cells that harvest solar power – all of these examples are based on the electrical conductivity characteristics of solid materials. These are some of the phenomena which scientists investigate at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research.

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