Research course

Functional Nanomaterials

University of Bristol · School of Physics

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in physics, chemistry, materials science or a related subject (eg MSci, MPhys, MEng, MChem). Applicants with a upper second-class honours BSc degree may be considered if they can demonstrate very good potential for research.

Months of entry


Course content

Our four-year integrated PhD programme begins with a structured year of training, giving you all the foundation skills necessary to prosper in your PhD research and beyond. In the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials, not only will you be guided in developing your career as a research scientist, but you will also learn the skills and approaches necessary to translate your findings into technological innovations that impact the wider world.

There is a strong emphasis on exploration and you are actively encouraged to experience different research disciplines and environments before beginning your core PhD research.

Other features of the training year include:

  • short interdisciplinary projects giving you practical training in all the key characterisation and fabrication techniques in a variety of different labs
  • expert-led group-work, practical sessions and lecture courses in advanced topics
  • intensive training from scientists working in innovative companies from post-doc-led start-ups to world-leading multinationals
  • extensive skills training in leadership, creativity, writing, presenting, group work, leading discussions, etc

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

BCFN Manager
+44 (0) 117 928 7485