Theoretical condensed matter and biophysics

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October January to April
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
January to April

Our work follows a common thread of modelling complex systems consisting of many interacting objects. We use a variety of mathematical and computational techniques, including developing our own numerical software. Our work sits in three broad themes.

  • Theme 1: Many-body quantum systems and collective behaviour
  • Theme 2: Quantum simulation and ultracold atoms
  • Theme 3: Biophysics and the statistical mechanics of life

More information can be found on our Group webpage.

We also have strong links with the quantum technologies group.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English

Potential research projects

We encourage enquiries from prospective students in these areas:

  • Quantum simulators using cold atoms
  • Unconventional superconductivity
  • Non-equilibrium quantum systems
  • Quantum materials

Current/recent research projects

  • Studying unconventional superconductivity with quantum Monte Carlo
  • Modelling cell orientation in artificial tissues
  • Simulating non-equilibrium many-body quantum systems

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,786 per year Full time: £15,698 per year
Part time: £2,393 per year Part time: £7,849 per year

Some of our research students are funded via Doctoral Training Partnerships; some are funded by University studentships; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, visit Fees and studentships.

To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships.



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