Functional Nanomaterials (EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training)Find a programme
|Programme length||Four years full-time|
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||No, full-time only|
|Open to international students||Yes|
|Start date||September 2017|
Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (BCFN) is a nationally-funded (EPSRC) Centre for Doctoral Training. Our four-year integrated PhD programme begins with a structured year of training, giving you all the foundational skills necessary for you to prosper in your PhD research.
There is a very strong emphasis on exploration and students are actively encouraged to try different research themes before choosing their PhD topic.
Other features of the first year:
- Interdisciplinary research projects giving you practical training in all the key characterisation and fabrication techniques in a variety of different labs
- Expert-led group-work, practical sessions and lecture courses in advanced topics
- Real training from scientists working in world-leading companies so you can see real-world applications of research
- A visit to a leading centre overseas
- A six-month extended project on a topic of your choice, during which you will choose your PhD project
- Extensive skills training in leadership, creativity, writing, presenting, group work, leading discussions, etc.
After the first year, students usually move to an academic department in the faculties of science, engineering or medical sciences for their PhD project but remain a BCFN student and keep close ties through taking part in teaching, regular seminars and events.
Fees for 2017/18
Fees quoted are provisional, per annum and subject to annual increase.
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
UK nationals are eligible for an EPSRC studentship, which covers tuition fees and living costs. This also applies to EU nationals who have lived in the UK for at least three years.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
The first year of our four-year programme has been designed to provide you with all the skills needed for effective interdisciplinary research in functional nanomaterials. Training and research run in parallel, with the first six months weighted towards lecture courses and skills training. The second half of the year focuses on the extended project, which has the possibility of becoming your PhD project. There are also regular industrial training modules and transferable skills sessions.
After your first year you will start work on your PhD project. You will continue to take part in a wide range of BCFN activities, including research seminars, transferable skills training, international travel opportunities and the annual BCFN conference.
In the first year you will be based in the BCFN PhD cohort office in the School of Physics. From the second year onwards you will be located in the academic departments of your supervisors.
An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in physics, chemistry, materials science or a related subject (eg MSci, MPhys, MEng, MChem). Applicants with a lower second-class honours BSc degree may be considered if they can demonstrate very good potential for research.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
|Application method||Online application form|
|English language requirements||
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.|
Functional nanomaterials is an exciting area of nanoscience, bridging the traditional disciplines of physics, chemistry and engineering. It offers diverse PhD opportunities including:
- Fundamental investigations of atoms and molecules and how they assemble and order;
- Research into the fabrication of more complex structures and surfaces;
- The possibilities of functional nanostructures in fields as diverse as computing, healthcare, communications, energy storage and production, and pharmaceuticals.
The BCFN is highly interdisciplinary and all research projects have supervisors in at least two departments. Academic departments involved with the BCFN include aerospace engineering, biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, clinical sciences, dentistry, electrical and electronic engineering, engineering maths, mathematics, ophthalmology, physics, and physiology, pharmacology and neuroscience.
You choose your PhD project at the end of the first year. Please refer to the BCFN website for details of current projects.
Graduates of this programme have gone on to a wide range of careers, including postdoctoral research, industry, accountancy and intellectual property law.
Further details of the current research and supervision interests of individual members of staff are available on the BCFN website.
13 January 2017 for EPSRC-funded places (UK/eligible EU students)
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