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
| 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
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
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
Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD
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
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.