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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training on Theory and Simulation of Materials

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the UK’s centre of excellence for research in theory and simulation

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training on Theory and Simulation of Materials

Who we are

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training on Theory and Simulation of Materials (TSM-CDT) at Imperial College London is the UK’s centre of excellence for research in theory and simulation. We are training a new generation of scientists who have a passion for cutting-edge research and are inspired to use their talent for theory and mathematics to tackle the scientific and technological challenges of today and the future.

The central theme is bridging length and time scales which poses some of the most challenging problems in theory and simulation. Students receive a comprehensive foundation in theoretical materials physics together with techniques for simulating materials across the wide range of length and time scales met in academic and industrial research. We also run a number of activities for undergraduates and school teachers.

What we offer:

  • Comprehensive training in advanced theory
  • Freedom to design your own research project
  • Internationally-leading academic supervisors
  • Network of 40+ research students
  • 80+ collaborative research groups in 9 departments
  • Full funding (fees + stipend) for eligible students
  • World-class partners in academia and industry

What you bring:

  • Strong aptitude for theory and mathematics
  • Passion for cutting-edge research in areas including:
    • theoretical condensed matter physics
    • solid and fluid mechanics
    • quantum chemistry
    • energy and functional materials
    • aerospace and structural materials

There are two postgraduate programmes: the one year MSc In TSM and the 4 year PhD, a combined course leading to both the MSc in TSM and PhD degrees. Students on the MSc in TSM programme receive a rigorous training in the required theoretical methods and simulation techniques. Students on the 4 year PhD programme study for the MSc in TSM in year 1, and continue with their PhD research for years 2-4.

Each research project is overseen by two supervisors (one of whom may be at another university or in industry) whose combined expertise spans multiple length and time scales of materials theory and simulation. A key emphasis of research projects will be on the development and implementation of new theory and simulation tools. Students in the TSM-CDT are empowered with the freedom to choose their research project from a list proposed by academic staff of the CDT or to design their own project in consultation with academic staff.

Applicants should have or expect to obtain a first class degree in physics, engineering, chemistry, materials or applied mathematics. For further details visit:

"An excellent course with good students, challenging content and a great deal of care taken about delivery"
- From an independent review of the MSc course, carried out by the Graduate School for Engineering and Physical Sciences at Imperial College in 2011

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