PhD Condensed Matter and Photonics

Cardiff University

Tuition fee:
  • £ 4,062 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 17,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: April  2015, July  2015, October  2015, January  2016, April  2016
Duration full-time: 36 months
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
Project type: Predefined
Educational Form: Academic

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Condensed Matter and Photonics (CMP) brings together scientists with complementary skills, to share knowledge and resources, to provide a focus and direction for the future of our physics research, and provide training for the next generation.

The group, comprising 20 academics and ~28 researchers, operates at the cusp between fundamental physics and development of device concepts though measurements of fundamental optical and electrical processes in organic and inorganic semiconductor and metallic (nano) structures, enabling advances in understanding of light-matter interactions, charge transport, development and verification of theories, development of novel device concepts and high sensitivity photometric and spectroscopic instruments. Group activity can be further subdivided into the research themes of Photonics & Biophotonics, Quantum Materials & Devices, Nanoscale Science & Technology, Theory & Computational Physics and Imaging, Sensors & Instrumentation.

The group is equipped with a suite of state-of-the-art laboratories including two class 1000 cleanrooms for device and test structure fabrication and has extensive experimental and theoretical capability including a number of world-leading material, device fabrication and characterisation techniques invented within the group.

Special Features

* Research students take specialist academic courses and courses to develop their communication and personal skills.


* There is a full programme of seminars and the individual research groups hold regular meetings where members present new results and discuss their research in detail.


* There is an annual postgraduate conference and a research student poster competition.


* There are active collaborations with research groups overseas and regular attendance at major international conferences by staff and students.

Contents

PhD 3-4 years, MPhil 1-2 years (Full-time) / opportunities available (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Requirements

Suitable for graduates with a good honours degree in Physics, Astrophysics, Mathematics, Electronics or a related subject, depending on the research area.

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to meet the minimum University requirements (e.g. 6.5 IELTS).

Supporting materials required:

* Research Proposal
* Two academic references and copies of full transcripts

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 600

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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