CDT-CMP is a 4-year programme with a taught first year, which aims to help students understand the breadth of the condensed matter physics research area. Students are not expected to have chosen a PhD project before they start the programme but will chose their project during the Spring of year 1. The first year will include a Research Project or Research Placement which will usually extend into the PhD project in years 2 to 4. The PhD project will be either at Bath or Bristol.

Year 1

In the first year of the training programme there are a series of lecture courses, practical techniques training courses, short Exploratory Training Projects (ETPs) and an extended Research Project or Research Placement.

These components of the course are explained here:

Years 2 to 4

This is the research part of the degree where students are embedded in a research group at either Bristol or Bath. In most cases the year 1 Research Project will extend into the full PhD project which will continue in years 2 to 4. For some students there will be the opportunity to collaborate with an industrial, academic or large facility partner (in the UK, Europe, Japan, USA) and perform the research project in an external laboratory or workplace.

Students will continue to benefit from training and development offered by the CDT-CMP, to attend colloquia, and continue to participate in our Annual Conference.

Courses such as Journal Club involve presenting findings from current scientific literature, and the discussions which follow have helped me understand what it takes to be critical of texts.

Lewis Hart


Lewis, CDT-CMP student