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EPSRC CDT in Topological Design

Up to 12 fully funded PhD places available within the EPSRC CDT in Topological Design

We are currently accepting applications for Cohort 2 of the EPSRC CDT in Topological Design. We have up to 12 fully funded PhD places available to start September 2021.

The deadline for applications is Friday 4th December 2020, applications can be made here.

The Centre takes a multidisciplinary approach to the design of materials, fields and devices, with expert supervisors from across 10 different Schools in science, engineering and medicine at the University of Birmingham.

EPSRC CDT in Topological Design

What is Topological Design?

Topological Design is concerned with the functionality of an object or device derived from its shape rather than the material it is made from. Topology is a branch of mathematics that describes properties of objects which are persevered under continuous deformations (such as stretching, bending, twisting and crumpling).

The University of Birmingham has been at the forefront of Topological Science. In 2016 the Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded (in part) to Professors Mike Kosterlitz and David Thouless for their ground-breaking research on topological physics at Birmingham in the 1970s.

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EPSRC CDT in Topological Design

Our programme

Our programme includes a 1 year taught Masters Course which covers all aspects of Topological Science (including Condensed Matter Physics, Electromagnetic and Microwave Engineering and Materials Science) and includes mini-projects in theoretical and experimental groups, and an industrial internship.

The programme also includes a 3 year cutting-edge research project in specialist research teams with world-leading research profiles and facilities, with themes in quantum physics and technology, mechanical and vibration engineering, electromagnetism and photonics, manufacturing and 3D printing, soft matter and chemistry, health and life sciences and many more.

We are now accepting applications for Cohort 2 of the CDT to start September 2021, and particularly invite candidates with an Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic) background. Instructions on how to fill in an application can be found here.

Application deadline: Friday 4th December 2020

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If you have any queries please contact [email protected]


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