Faculty of Science

Centre for Doctoral Training in Condensed Matter Physics 

Jointly based at the Universities of Bristol and Bath, the Centre for Doctoral Training in Condensed Matter Physics aims to train students across a broad range of disciplines in the field of hard condensed matter physics, encompassing experiment, theory, fundamental physics and device applications.

The aim is to break down traditional boundaries between these disciplines and thus 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.

The CDT structure also emphasises strong engagement with industrial, academic and large facility partners as well as training in key transferable skills and public engagement.

About the programme

cdt-cmp-studentThis is a 4-year programme with a taught first year, which aims to help students understand the breadth of the condensed matter physics research area.

Students are not expected to have chosen a PhD project before they start the programme but will chose their project during the spring of year 1.

The first year will include a Research Project or Research Placement which will usually extend into the PhD project in years 2 to 4.

The first year of taught courses and lectures will be held for the first two semesters in both Bristol and Bath. Once you choose a research project for your PhD (years 2-4) you will be based wherever your research project is (i.e., Bristol or Bath). Bristol and Bath are 10 miles apart and a commute of less than 15 mins by train. You will be reimbursed for all CDT-CMP-related travel costs between Bath and Bristol.

Why join the CDT in Condensed Matter Physics

Being part of a Centre for Doctoral Training will provide you with opportunities to build transferable skills that complement your research. In addition to academic support from the two partner institutions you will enjoy the following benefits:

Current PhD project themes

  • Unconventional superconductors and other correlated electron materials
  • Spintronics and micromagnetics
  • Graphene, transition metal dichalcogenides and other two dimensional materials and their heterostructures
  • Quantum and organic semiconductors; valleytronics, optolelectronics and ultra high power devices
  • Network materials under extreme conditions
  • Plasmonics and metamaterials
  • Materials optically driven far from equilibrium or into strongly coupled light-matter states
  • Single atom manipulation

Apply for a Condensed Matter Physics studentship at Bath

To find out more about the Centre and the programme visit the CDT in Condensed Matter Physics website.

To apply, complete the online application form.

The deadline for the first round of funded applications is 30 January 2017.

Contact us

Bath contacts:

Contact Professor Simon Bending (Deputy-Director of the CDT-CMP) if you have any questions about the programme.
Contact Ms Jessica Ohren (Bath Administrator for the CDT-CMP) if you have questions about your application.

Bristol contacts:

Contact Professor Stephen Hayden (Director of the CDT-CMP)
Contact Mrs Briony Spraggon (Centre Manager for the CDT-CMP)