Research course

Condensed Matter Physics

University of Bristol · Faculty of Science

Entry requirements

Normally, an upper second-class honours BSc, MSci or MPhys degree in physics or a related subject (or international equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

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

Qualification and course duration


full time
48+ months

Course contact details

CDT-CMP Administrator
+44 (0) 117 331 7725