School of Physics & Astronomy

Scottish Doctoral Training Centre in Condensed Matter Physics

The Scottish Doctoral Training Centre in Condensed Matter Physics (CM-CDT) is a tri-institutional collaboration between the Universities of St Andrews, Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt, providing international-level doctoral training in the core discipline of condensed matter physics. It was established in December 2008 with generous funding from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and offers more than ten 4-year PhD fully funded studentships per annum. The first cohort of students arrived in September 2009.

Students perform a PhD research project, take graduate level courses, participate in summer schools, conferences and workshops, and receive skills training relevant to their future careers. We aspire to produce rounded graduates equipped to succeed in research, academia, and a wide range of industries and businesses.

The CM-CDT website maintains a comprehensive PhD project list across the three participating institutions. A number of these projects are offered on the School's own PhD project pages. We encourage all candidates wishing to specialise in condensed matter physics to monitor both project lists.