The School of Physics has a world-class reputation for research excellence, with a vibrant and diverse community of postgraduate students. Our programmes at the cutting edge of research.

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Artificial Intelligence CDT

The School of Physics is a partner in a UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Advanced Computing (AIMLAC).

This 4 year PhD programme focusses on the application of machine learning techniques to research projects in particle physics or astrophysics. The PhD programme includes 6 months of industrial placement with a partner organization in the commercial, industrial or public sectors.

 For more information see the AIMLAC website 

  • For application to Bristol for Sept 2020 please apply online to the programme 'Physics PhD'  in the Faculty of Science, please specify the 'AIMLAC CDT' in the Research Details section

Doctoral training

PhD Functional Nanomaterials

A structured year of training in the foundational skills necessary for research before moving to an academic department in the faculties of Science, Engineering or Medical Sciences for a PhD project.

Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials

Doctoral training

PhD Condensed Matter Physics

Training across a broad range of disciplines in the field of hard condensed matter physics, encompassing experiment, theory, fundamental studies and device applications.

Condensed Matter Physics Centre

Doctoral training

PhD Quantum Engineering

Combining theoretical understanding with the practical application of quantum physics and mathematics with engineering makes this a truly successful approach to training.

Quantum Engineering Centre

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