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PhD applications

The group is open to enthusiastic graduates. Some guidelines about successful applicants:

  • You must have some scientific programming experience in C/C++, Fortran or Python. If you took several courses in computing as an undergraduate and have used it in some summer research or internship since, that is often good enough.
  • Your undergraduate degree must have included courses about the molecular or atomic scale of matter (e.g. statistical mechanics, or solid state physics) or on materials engineering.
  • Being a successful graduate student takes much more than just being in the lab from 9 to 5 every weekday. You must have a high level of dedication stemming from inherent curiosity that drives you.

How to apply

There are two routes:

  • You can apply to the Engineering Laboratory directly for a 3-year doctoral programme. The funding stream here is restricted to those with UK citizenship or, alternatively, EU citizenship and at least 3 years of residency in the UK.
  • You apply through the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training for Computational Methods for Materials Science, which is a 4-year multi-department programme. It's first year, run from the Cavendish Laboratory (physics department), includes a significant taught component, comprising courses in scientific computing and computational materials science. The funding stream here is more flexible, but the deadlines and application procedures are more rigid.

Topic revision: r5 - 10 Aug 2017, GaborCsanyi
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