School of Physics & Astronomy

The International Max Planck Research School for Chemistry and Physics of Quantum Materials (IMPRS-CPQM)

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The International Max Planck Research School for Chemistry and Physics of Quantum Materials (IMPRS-CPQM) is an international collaboration between the School of Physics and Astronomy of the University of St Andrews, the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids (MPI-CPfS) in Dresden, Germany, and the Technische Universität Dresden (Dresden University of Technology) to create an attractive PhD programme in condensed matter physics and solid state chemistry. The IMPRS-CPQM started in January 2016 and is currently funded for an initial six years.

By having three internationally renowned institutions working together, IMPRS-CPQM can offer access to world-leading facilities, a large range of graduate level courses across both disciplines, and specially designed skills training. IMPRS-CPQM will also organize and host events such as workshops and summer or winter schools in which the PhD students will have the opportunity to widen their knowledge beyond the scope of their own project.

The PhD research projects are intended to be collaborative projects between the IMPRS partners, and students may spend time at either institution to perform their research. IMPRS-CPQM students will formally register at one of the involved universities and receive their doctoral degree from that university. IMPRS-CPQM gives an excellent opportunity for students seeking a PhD programme with an international dimension.

A list of PhD projects is available on the IMPRS-CPQM website. Projects involving supervisors at the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of St Andrews can also be found on the School's own PhD project pages.