PhD programme

PhD Training

The first year of the BCFN 4-year PhD programme has been designed to provide all the skills needed for an interdisciplinary PhD in Functional Nanomaterials. Training and short research projects (THETAs) run in parallel, with the first six months weighted towards lecture courses, practical and online training, as well as skills training. The second half of the year focuses on the Extended Project (EP) which has the possibility of becoming a PhD project. There are also industrial training modules and transferable skills sessions regularly timetabled to ensure a broad and varied structure.

The start of the second year marks the transition fully into the PhD project. However, you will continue to take part in a wide range of BCFN activities including research seminars, transferable skills training and the Annual BCFN Conference as well as cohort and whole-CDT social and training activities.

The first year is based in the HH Wills Physics Laboratory at the heart of the Bristol University campus.  There is dedicated office space for BCFN PhD students as well as the Centre for Doctoral Training Seminar Room where much of your first year teaching and training will take place. From the 2nd year onwards you will be based in the academic departments of your supervisors, but you will continue to be a BCFN student as detailed above.

We are now OPEN to accepting applications for 2020 entry.  Please submit your application as soon as you are able.  For students applying for scholarships/external funding - if you are a suitable candidate, we will offer you a Skype interview as soon as we are able.  For other applicants, as soon as industry projects become available, we will get in touch directly with more information and may invite you for an interview for a specific project.  

Please email if you have any further questions or queries.

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