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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Integration & Advanced Data Storage

4-year Doctoral Programme


The Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) is a partnership between Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) and the University of Glasgow (UoG). We provide opportunities for applicants to research novel scientific and engineering developments in highly manufacturable photonic and integration technologies related to the storage of digital information technologies.


Our 4-year PhD programme leads to a unique joint research degree from both universities. We provide 4-year studentships which cover tuition fees and provide an annual maintenance stipend of £14,296. In year one, our students spend time at both universities, completing a range of scientific and technical courses and engage in exploratory research projects, before choosing and embarking on their PhD research project.

“I would highly recommend this CDT; in addition to fantastic facilities, world-class research and excellent industrial support across QUB and UoG, this 4-year programme provides initial taught courses which gives you more confidence in choosing a PhD project which suits you best”


CDT students undertake courses and skills training in entrepreneurship, leadership, management and innovation, which are completed on an interdisciplinary basis with other PhD students from QUB and Trinity College Dublin, leading to a Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

During their PhD, students also manage their own research and training budget that covers bench costs and supports travel between the universities and to conferences/meetings.


CDT students undertake a diverse and exciting range of topical doctoral research projects which cut across physics, materials and electrical and optical engineering. They benefit from access to state of the art experimental and computational facilities in Physics and at the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre at UoG, alongside the Centre for Nanostructured Media at QUB.

4-year Doctoral Programme
4-year Doctoral Programme

James Watt Nanofabrication Centre, University of Glasgow

PhD research projects fall under five themes:

  • Ultra-reliable semiconductor lasers operating in a hostile environment
  • Low cost planar lightwave circuit platforms for coupling lasers into passive waveguides and suitable for volume manufacture
  • Novel nanoplasmonic devices and antennas capable of operating in extreme environments
  • Advanced materials for magnetic recording optimised for high temperature fluctuations through composition, layering and patterning on µm and nm scales
  • Characterisation and failure analysis using scanning probe and electron microscopy and x-ray material analysis


The programme has been designed and delivered in close consultation with our impressive range of industrial partners.

Our students benefit from ongoing opportunities to engage with our industrial partners, such as conferences, seminars, site visits, opportunities for internships and industrial project supervision. All students have exclusive access to the tailored “Teamwork and Collaboration Skills in a Cross-Geographical Environment” programme which is delivered by Seagate Technology as part of their Global Leadership programme.

4-year Doctoral Programme


Applicants must have > 2:1 (BSc/Masters) in Physics, Chemistry, Materials and Electrical Engineering or Chemical Engineering. Apply via the website www.cdt-piads.ac.uk


E: [email protected]
T: +44 (0) 289097 3049 (CDT Executive Manager, Brenda Morris)
Twitter: @CDT_PIADS

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