Research course

Non Equilibrium Systems: Theoretical Modelling, Simulation and Data-Driven Analysis

King's College London · Mathematics
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

You should hold or expect to gain a Bachelor's degree (or international equivalent) with first class honours in a relevant discipline including mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering, materials science, biophysics, geophysical sciences and computer science.

Note: A 2:1 (upper second class) honours degree (or international equivalent) may be acceptable depending on the candidate's academic background, including e.g. strong performance (predicted or achieved) in a Master's degree, or mitigating personal circumstances.

A strong background in quantitative science will be essential for students to take full advantage of the CANES training programme.

Months of entry


Course content

King’s College London hosts an EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Cross-Disciplinary Approaches to Non-Equilibrium Systems (CANES).

Non-equilibrium processes underpin many challenging problems across the natural sciences. The mission of CANES is to train a new generation of researchers in cross-disciplinary approaches to non-equilibrium systems, focussing on the three key strands of theoretical modelling, simulation and data-driven analysis. It draws on a broad range of supervisor expertise in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Informatics, Computational and Systems Biomedicine, Earth and Environmental Sciences, including partners at Imperial College London, University College London and Queen Mary London. The training programme consists of a first year combining taught courses and research projects, leading to the award of an MSc. In years two to four, students will progress to the PhD component where the emphasis will shift to research. Structured training is delivered by a number of routes, which include open question sandpits, master classes, seminars, journal clubs and an annual retreat. Students will also be able to undertake internships at a broad range of industrial and international academic partners.

The Centre for Doctoral Training CANES offers:

  • An innovative programme of teaching, delivered by academics with a vast range of expertise in non-equilibrium systems across the Faculties of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Life Sciences and Medicine and Social Science and Public Policy.
  • High quality training in a broad range of transferable skills, public engagement and outreach activities.
  • A cohort approach to learning.
  • Broad range of available research projects
  • An interdisciplinary pool of supervisors directing a wide range of cutting-edge and challenging research projects in the rapidly developing and exciting field of non-equilibrium systems.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

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