Research course

Theory of condensed matter and biophysics

Open University · Department of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 or equivalent in physics or mathematics

Months of entry


Course content

Researchers in this area investigate both condensed matter systems and biophysics, typically using analytical techniques and Monte Carlo methods (intensive numerical techniques involving the use of random numbers). On the condensed matter side, we specialise in systems of high technological interest, especially high-temperature superconductors and graphene. We also link with the quantum technologies group in designing and understanding quantum simulators. In biophysics, we are interested in the prediction of strokes and heart attacks and the growth of artificial tissue. The work is supported by our high performance computing cluster, some paper and a pencil.

Current/recent research projects
  • Opening gaps in graphene on substrates for digital applications
  • Growth of arterial trees in the computer and their application to stroke prediction
  • Modelling cell orientation in artificial tissues
Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

We encourage enquiries from prospective students in these areas: Quantum simulators for demonstrating physics, for example the Hubbard model of strong electronic correlation High-temperature superconductors that lose their resistance above the 77K boiling point of nitrogen.

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
variable months
part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
15 months
distance learning
variable months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Administrative support
+44 (0)1908 659036