Condensed Matter Physics

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New programme for 2016

Run by Faculty of Science
Awards available PhD
Programme length Four years full-time
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Approximately 12.
Start date September 2016

Programme overview

Jointly based at the Universities of Bristol and Bath, the Centre for Doctoral Training in Condensed Matter Physics aims to train students across a broad range of disciplines in the field of hard condensed matter physics, encompassing experiment, theory, fundamental studies and device applications.

Our programme is designed to develop students’ knowledge and skills, particularly in the first year. It also allows students to learn more about different areas of condensed matter physics before choosing their research area. This is achieved through bespoke lectures, hands-on modules, projects and group tasks. The embedded training provides students with skills and knowledge which is useful during their PhD and future careers.

In the first year we adopt a 'cohort' approach to learning in which students work together in problem-solving and other activities.

The centre's researchers are world-leading scientists with a track record in passing on that knowledge and expertise to others. The complementary nature of the physics departments at Bristol and Bath allows the centre to offer a broad range of research topics including: semiconductors, superconductors, 2D materials (e.g. graphene), magnetic materials, spintronics, theory, photonic and plasmonic materials.

The centre also works in partnership with facility and industry partners to enhance the student experience with additional courses, interaction, joint projects and research placements.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Fees quoted are provisional, per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

We offer approximately 11 studentships per year, funded either by EPSRC, the Universities of Bristol and Bath or our industrial partners. These studentships cover tuition fees and a stipend at RCUK minimum rates; approximately £14,000 per year for living expenses (increases annually).


Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

In the first year of the training programme there are a series of lecture courses, practical techniques training course, short exploratory training projects, and an extended research project or research placement.

In most cases the research project will extend into the full PhD project which will continue in years two to four. This is the research part of the degree where students are embedded in a research group at either Bristol or Bath.‚Äč For some students there will be the opportunity to collaborate with an industrial, academic or large facility partner (in the UK, Europe, Japan, USA) and perform the research project in an external laboratory or workplace.

For detailed information about the programme, including a diagram illustrating the structure, please see the CDT CMP website.

Entry requirements

Normally, an upper second-class honours BSc, MSci or MPhys degree in Physics or a related subject (or international equivalent).

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile F
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Research groups

More information about the centre's research groups.


Our aim is to break down traditional boundaries between academic disciplines and produce graduates who are able to mix theory with experiment, embed state-of-the-art measurement or computational science in their research, and exploit fundamental physics in applications.

Staff profiles

Supervisors are allocated at the end of the first year of the programme. Further details of the current research and supervision interests of individual members of staff are available on the Centre website.

How to apply
Application deadline:

1 August 2016

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

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REF 2014 results

  • 23% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 62% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 15% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 0% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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Get in touch

Phone: +44 (0) 117 928 8735 Email:

Centre for Doctoral Training in Condensed Matter Physics
HH Wills Physics Laboratory
University of Bristol
Tyndall Avenue
Bristol BS8 1TL


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