Condensed Matter Physics (EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training)

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Awards available PhD
Programme length Four years full-time (minimum).
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Open to international students Yes
Start date September 2017

Programme overview

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Condensed Matter Physics is jointly based at the Universities of Bristol and Bath, and aims to train students across a broad range of disciplines in 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 that will be useful during their PhD and future careers.

In the first year we adopt a cohort approach to learning, meaning students work together on problem-solving tasks 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 (eg 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 2017/18

Full-time fees


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

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

We offer up to 12 studentships per year, funded either by the EPSRC, the Universities of Bristol and Bath or our project partners.

These studentships cover tuition fees, a stipend at RCUK minimum rates, and any bench fees. The living allowance (stipend) provides approximately £14,000 per year for living expenses and usually increases annually.

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

Programme structure

The first year of the training programme incorporates a series of lecture courses, a practical techniques training course, short exploratory training projects and an extended research project or partner 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 or the US) 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 Condensed Matter Physics CDT 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

Visit the Condensed Matter Physics website to find out more 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.

How to apply
Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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) 117 331 7725 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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