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PhD programmes

When you are considering doing a PhD, see our PhD project list for details of potential areas you could research.

For more general postgraduate information please visit the Science Graduate School.

Our PhD in Physics is for graduates who are aiming for a career in academic or industrial research. The PhD is a research degree that is assessed by submission of a thesis and externally examined.

Postgraduate students are offered a variety of practical training courses and are encouraged to attend international scientific meetings.

Life as a research postgraduate


EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Condensed Matter Physics (CDT-CMP)

The Universities of Bath and Bristol have established a joint EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Condensed Matter Physics (CDT-CMP). The CDT-CMP provides a four-year programme comprising a first year of taught courses that build the qualification for an MRes degree followed by research leading to the award of a PhD.

Each year there are at least 10 fully-funded places on the four-year CDT-CMP programme. This is an innovative way to train PhD students and the Centre aims to develop them across a broad range of disciplines in the field of ‘hard’ condensed matter physics, encompassing experiment, theory, fundamental physics and device applications. This is achieved through lecture courses and training modules as well as activities promoting intellectual independence, flexibility, industrial engagement and ownership of knowledge.

During year 1 students can select a PhD project from a very wide range of areas in condensed matter physics. These include superconductivity, spintronics & magnetic materials, graphene & other 2D materials, plasmonics & metamaterials, semiconductor nanostructures, disordered materials & glasses and quantum well materials. The CDT-CMP has a number of industrial and facilities partners, including Oxford Instruments, Siemens, Renishaw, Diamond, ISIS etc, and we offer optional research placements with these partners or at leading overseas Universities.

In joining this centre for doctoral training, students have the opportunity to become part of a highly interactive body of current students that will provide future leaders in condensed matter physics, with careers in both university and industry. Graduates’ primary strengths will be their ability to break down traditional boundaries between disciplines, mixing theory with experiment, embedding state-of-the-art measurement or computational science in their research and exploiting fundamental physics in applications.