The CDT-CMP is jointly run in Bath and Bristol Universities, with the teaching in year 1 carried out in both locations and continued joint activities in years 2-4. Students and staff travel between the two sites to take advantage of what each has to offer.
The University of Bath
The University of Bath is one of the UK’s leading universities, regularly ranked in the top 10 of the National Student Survey (NSS) for student satisfaction (1st in 2013 and 2014), and in the top ten of all national league tables. This includes being ranked top in the Times Higher Education (THE) Student Experience Survey 2015 and 5th UK university in the Guardian University Guide 2018.
The University is based on a single, vibrant campus giving students easy access to research and facilities across the entire University including the renowned Sports Training Village. There are over 15,000 students enrolled at the University of Bath, nearly 5,000 of whom are postgraduate students.
Within the University’s postgraduate structure, there are a large number of entities that deliver doctoral training. These include 11 EPSRC-funded CDTs, Doctoral Training Partnerships funded by other UK Research Councils, Innovative Training Networks funded by the European Commission and clusters of students funded by non-academic partners. These run alongside the many postgraduates who are associated with a single project. The different approaches to postgraduate research are an essential part of the diversity of the University and there is a central university committee, which promotes sharing of resources across all activities.
Bath aims to deliver world-class research
The University of Bristol
The University of Bristol is one of the most popular and successful universities in the UK and was ranked within the top 50 universities in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2018. Staff at Bristol are experts in their fields and work at the forefront of their academic disciplines, which means that their students do too. Bristols academic excellence is also reflected in the 13 Nobel laureates who have been associated with the University community. University Research Institutes and our Specialist Research Institutes position the University among the world’s leading research-intensive universities, making it the top destination for students and staff internationally. Bristol aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to succeed in their chosen career in a competitive global market. Bristol is organised into six academic faculties composed of multiple schools and departments running over 200 undergraduate courses largely situated in the Tyndalls Park area of the city.
The City of Bath
Bath is a beautiful city of 80,000 people located in the south west of England. In 1987 the city was inscribed as a World Heritage Site, designated by UNESCO in order to preserve its natural and cultural heritage. There are thriving culture and shopping opportunities, outstanding architectural sights and the ability to escape to one of the many green spaces within and just outside the city.
The city was first established as a spa town with the Latin name Aquae Sulis by the Romans around AD 60. They built a temple and the famous Roman Baths – which have now been restored. Its popularity as a spa town during the Georgian era led to a major expansion that left a heritage of Georgian architecture crafted from the honey-coloured Bath stone. It is still a very popular tourist destination with nearly 7 million people visiting each year.
The city has a strong cultural heritage with a number of theatres, art galleries and annual festivals of literature, film and art. There are 17 museums within a square mile, including the Holburne Museum, the Jane Austen Centre and the Roman Baths. Shopping in Bath is spread across grand Georgian Streets and small passageways that connect the larger stores with smaller independent boutiques. In the weeks before Christmas there is also a popular Christmas Market.
There are a number of sporting venues around the city including Bath Rugby, Bath Racecourse and Bath City Football Club.
The City of Bristol
Bristol is the largest city in the South West, with a population of 449,300. Bristol was originally known as Brigstow, ‘the place at the bridge’, and you can still see this name around the city today.
Bristol received a royal charter in 1155 and was historically divided between Gloucestershire and Somerset until 1373, when it became a county of itself. From the 13th to the 18th century, Bristol was among the top three English cities after London in tax receipts. Bristol was surpassed by the rapid rise of Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool in the Industrial Revolution.
One of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations, Bristol was selected in 2009 as one of the world’s top ten cities by international travel publishers Dorling Kindersley in their Eyewitness series of travel guides.
Bristol’s modern economy is built on the creative media, electronics and aerospace industries, and the city-centre docks have been redeveloped as centres of heritage and culture. The city has a variety of artistic and sporting organisations and venues including the Royal West of England Academy, the Arnolfini, Spike Island, Ashton Gate and the Memorial Stadium. It is connected to London and other major UK cities by road, rail, sea and air by the M5 and M4 (which connect to the city centre by the Portway and M32), Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway mainline rail stations, and Bristol Airport.
What is it like being a student?
- Get a taste of life in CMP via our JPhys blog.
- Students in Bristol blog.
- Life in Bath blog.