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Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics
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Oxford, OX1 3NP
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Post-graduate Studies in Condensed Matter Theory

We have several openings for DPhil positions to start in October 2014. Please contact the Supervisor you are interested in working with if you require information beyond what is provided on this page.

We welcome applications from well-qualified students interested in research in theoretical, mathematical or computational condensed matter physics, leading towards the D.Phil. degree.

Available research projects

Supervisor Projects
Prof. John Chalker Geometrically frustrated magnets
Quantum systems far from equilibrium
Prof. Fabian Essler
Finite-temperature quantum dynamics in strongly correlated electron systems
Nonequilibrium dynamics in one dimensional many-body systems
Prof. Ramin Golestanian
Physics of micro- and nano- swimmers
The Casimir effect
Dr Ard Louis
Self-assembly of DNA nanostructures and virus capsids
Physics of biological evolution
Prof. Steve Simon
Understanding topological phases of matter
Physics of highly correlated electrons and/or spins
Prof. Julia Yeomans
Swimming at low Reynolds number
Collective behaviour of active systems
Wetting on micropatterned surfaces

Notes on Application

The University's Graduate Studies Prospectus offers general information. The minimum period of residence prescribed by the University for the DPhil is two years (six terms) but in practice it takes three years, and occasionally longer, except for students who already have some previous postgraduate experience. The Sub-Department does not at present consider applicants wishing to do an MSc rather than a DPhil.

During their first year, students spend some of their time on course work and study. A number of postgraduate lecture courses are provided and students are advised about reading by their supervisors. Problem classes and other work relating to lectures occur in the first two terms (Oct-Apr). At the end of the first year there is an oral examination. The Sub-Department requires satisfactory performance in the written work and the oral examination for students to change status to the DPhil.

How to Apply

Students interested in research in condensed matter theoretical physics at the University of Oxford leading to the doctoral degree of D.Phil., beginning on 1st October 2014, are invited to apply here following the University's procedure. The course code is Theoretical Physics 002610.

(Please note: candidates wishing to be considered by more than one physics sub-department (or more than one group within a sub-department) should fill in ONE form and pay only ONE application fee. The form should be submitted giving the course code for the sub-department which most closely reflects the research interest and give under section 1(iii), Programme of Study, the sub-departments which are being asked to consider the application.)

All applicants should submit their applications to:

Graduate Admissions Office
University of Oxford
University Offices
Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD
United Kingdom

Funding and expenses

We hold a small number of EPSRC funded studentships to award each year to students from the United Kingdom (UK) or European Union (EU), in order to pursue research leading to the doctoral degree of DPhil. To be eligible for an EPSRC studentship, you must have a First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree (or equivalent) from a UK or EU Higher Education Institution.

The Graduate Studies Prospectus lists other sources of funding available to students from both inside and outside the EU. Prospective applicants are encouraged to make a thorough review of these pages, in particular applicants from outside the EU should consider applying for a Clarendon Bursary, as well as any regional or national Scholarships for which they are eligible.

For updated information about University Fees, College Fees and maintenance, go here. EPSRC studentships meet these costs in full for UK students, but only the University and College Fees for EU students. The Sub-Department is unable to provide or secure grants for overseas applicants, who must demonstrate that adequate financial support is available.

Admission to Colleges

Every research student must be accepted by a college and it is necessary to specify a college when applying. The choice of college does not affect the academic work of the student, which is (as for all research students in science) the responsibility of the department. Many colleges (see the list) make awards for graduate studies, usually as Clarendon Bursaries.