Post-graduate Studies in Condensed Matter Theory
We still have open DPhil positions to start in October 2008. Please contact
Prof. Julia Yeomans for further information.
We welcome applications from well-qualified students interested in research in
theoretical, mathematical or computational condensed matter
physics, leading towards the D.Phil. degree.
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 2008, are invited to
following the University's procedure.
All applicants should submit their applications to:
Graduate Admissions Office
University of Oxford
Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD
Please also send a copy to:
Graduate Admissions Secretary
The Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics
1 Keble Road
Oxford, OX1 3NP
and an e-mail message
to our administrator Mrs G
Dancey to indicate that you have applied. Your e-mail
should contain your full name, current address, and if possible a
contact telephone number. We can then expedite consideration of your
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 both for a Clarendon
Bursary and an Overseas Research Student award, 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.