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Funding of up to £4.7 million available through joint initiative, call for applications now open.

Giving students a unique experience

The PGI has developed and delivered a programme of training and professional development courses for all its students which:

  • Enhance students’ knowledge of measurement science
  • Increase the understanding of experimental practice
  • Develop a wide range of professional skills including presenting and communication.   

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World-class research that delivers impact


Measurement is of fundamental importance to developing robust science … spans many scientific disciplines, research areas and industrial sectors. The body of work co-authored by the PGI’s Postgraduate Researchers is provided in a searchable pdf file that can be accessed by clicking on the button below. 

Research integrity is a bedrock for trust in NPL, our impartiality, probity and the rigorous accuracy and reproducibility of our research.

Download a searchable list of PGI students co-authored publications


Training is at the heart of the PGI. The postgraduate courses aim to develop and nurture world-class researchers to achieve a mastery of scientific methodologies. Through developing knowledge and skills in measurement science and its application, students learn to bring innovation and science advancement to their field of research and industrial sector.

Find out about our latest training activities: Training and Events plans for 2022

Interested in doing your PhD with us?

Driven by our ambition to become the leading centre for postgraduate training and skills development in measurement science, the PGI is continually developing and growing. We are committed to supporting the UK’s need for an exceptionally skilled workforce ready to address a range of industrial challenges. We offer the resources, expertise and networks that ensure our cutting-edge research helps to tackle real-world problems.

Our students can gain the knowledge and skills needed to establish and advance careers in measurement science. Together with the collaborative approach taken by the PGI, students are able to meet the needs of industry and academia to strengthen their expertise and impact. Contact us to find out more about our exciting opportunities and ways in which you can play a part in the PGI or visit the PhD current opportunities.




Student story: Symmetry breaking of light – a new discovery

Michael Woodley and Leo Del-Bino, postgraduate researchers in Quantum Technologies from NPL and Heriot-Watt University, studied the strange physics that occurs when an incredible amount of light is confined within a very small volume of material – a field known as nonlinear optics. To do this they engineered small glass rings called micro-resonators, which can also be integrated into a silicon chip, that trapped laser light inside them by total internal reflection.

It is very difficult for light to escape from the ring, so as we keep adding light the optical power inside these structures can become the equivalent of a football field lighting system in less than a human hair. It gets even more interesting if two laser beams are sent into the resonator in opposite directions, because the nonlinear interaction can result in a spontaneous symmetry breaking of the powers of the two fields. Essentially, light can propagate in one direction but not in the other, and we can control which direction goes through.

This research is not only fascinating from the perspective of fundamental physics, but it can also be implemented in integrated circuits creating myriad applications for all-optical devices and components. The PGI researchers have been awarded the Milton Chang prize by the committee for the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) in 2017, the Rayleigh award by NPL in 2018 and with a grant from the Laboratoire Jean-Alexandre Dieudonné for the Waves Côtes d’Azur conference in 2019.  This research was funded by the EPSRC, as part of the CDT in Applied Photonics, and NPL.

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