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Condensed Matter Physics

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Condensed Matter Physics is jointly based at the Universities of Bath and Bristol, 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 Bath and Bristol 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.

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.

Assessment methods

Year 1

Core and optional taught units
Practical techniques training courses
Short exploratory training projects
Short optional partner placement
Extended research project or partner placement
Year 2

In most cases the first-year 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 Bath or Bristol.? 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. (

Sponsorship information

We will offer approximately 14 studentships, funded either by the EPSRC, the University of Bristol, the University of Bath, or our project partners.

These studentships cover tuition fees, a stipend at Research Council UK minimum rates, and any bench fees. The living allowance (stipend) provides approximately £14,533 per year for living expenses and usually increases annually.

Our funded places are available to UK nationals and EU citizens who meet the criteria (normally that they have settled status in the UK, and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for three years prior to the start of study).

Funding is not usually available for international students, although we do welcome applications from self-funded or externally sponsored international students.

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