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Metamaterials PhD Studentships

Metamaterials PhD Studentships

Exeter's Centre for Metamaterials Research and Innovation (CMRI) is a community of academic, industrial, and governmental partners that harnesses world-leading research excellence from theory to application, and enables simulation, measurement, and fabrication of metamaterials and metamaterial-based devices. Our breadth of research is our centre's strength: our PhD students, researchers and academics solve multi-faceted research questions and challenges. Our work spans physics, engineering, maths and computer science, including electromagnetism (from visible and infra-red through to THz and microwave), acoustics and fluidics, undertaken in parallel with research on numerical, analytical and AI modelling techniques. The materials we work with have wide application, e.g. imaging; sensing and spectroscopy; communication and antennas; acoustic and RF signature reduction; mechanical and vibration control; energy storage and harvesting etc.

Since 2014, our doctoral training programme in metamaterials has admitted over 100 postgraduate students, with around 35 researchers currently working on their PhDs. You can be confident of joining a supportive research environment as part of this large pool of peers and supervisors. To encourage a strong research culture, our cohorts learn together in targeted courses, self-driven activity groups, and gain exposure to industry and wider research projects to absorb scientific background knowledge beyond their own expertise, while also equipping themselves with transferable professional skills such as creative thinking, project management, and leadership.


We anticipate that multiple fully-funded 3.5-year or 4-year studentships will be available for UK students; a limited number of international places may also be available for exceptional candidates (subject to eligibility restrictions from funders). The funding available covers University tuition fees, an annual stipend (currently £17,668 for the academic year 2022/23), and a budget that covers costs associated with your specific research project and your training. We also welcome applications from applicants that can provide their own funding, for example, from their own finances; from international government scholarships; from their employer; other schemes.

For a list of projects that are currently funded, and a list of descriptions of projects that we would like to run next year, please visit our project page.*

*There are a limited number of funded places available; not all projects listed here will be funded.

How to apply

In the application process, you will be asked to upload several documents.

You will need to provide a COVER LETTER that indicates your preferred area of study and/or preferred project.

You will also need to upload a PERSONAL STATEMENT. We recommend that you describe:

  • Why you would like to study for a PhD;
  • Why you would like to focus on the identified area/project,
  • Any relevant expertise,
  • Your future career ambitions.

If you have any general enquiries about the application process or the project itself please email

For further details and to submit an application please go to:

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