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PhD Condensed Matter Physics / Overview

Year of entry: 2020

Degree awarded
3 to 4 years -some funding schemes are for 3.5 yrs
Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2i class UK Masters honours degree or international equivalent is required or a first degree with an additional Masters degree or international equivalent.

For overseas PhD applicants interested in GRAPHENE research who require funding, we can only consider candidates who pass through GRE tests (both General and Physics) and score on average no less than 70%.

If you have reached this mark, please apply using our online system and e-mail a copy to the relevant academic staff. Your application will be given careful consideration. Unfortunately, our academic staff are not able to answer other e-mail enquiries about PhD positions.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

To apply for this course you will need to complete and submit an online application here . There is no official deadline to apply for a postgraduate research course. However, we advise that you apply as soon as possible, especially if you wish to be considered for funding.

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Programme description

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at Manchester is one of the largest and most active department of physics in the UK.  We have a long tradition of excellence in both teaching and research, and have interests in most areas of contemporary research.

The Department has a strong presence in a number of Manchester-based centres for multidisciplinary research:  The National Graphene Institute, the Photon Science Institute; the Manchester Centre for Non-Linear Dynamics; the Dalton Nuclear Institute; and the Mesoscience and Nanotechnology Centre. In addition, the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire is a part of the Department.

Research in the Condensed Matter physics group is exceptionally broad, from electronic, optical, mechanical and magnetic properties of a large family of atomically thin, two-dimensional materials and their heterostructures to the physics of quantum fluids, intercalation-induced superconductivity in layered and two-dimensional materials and mass transport through atomically thin channels in 2D-materials based membranes. The focus in 2D materials research has now shifted from studying the properties of graphene to `materials on demand' - heterostructures assembled with atomic precision, comprising 2D crystals with a variety of electronic properties - insulators (hBN), semiconductors (phosphorene, MoS 2 , WSe 2 , etc.), superconductors (NbSe 2 , TaS 2 ), 2D magnets (CrI 3 ) - which allows creating devices with desired properties, not readily available in nature.

Furthermore, many new atomically thin crystals are being isolated and investigated, further expanding the library of available 2D materials with diverse and often highly desirable properties. Our research is supported by extensive cutting-edge facilities in the Schuster building and the National Graphene Institute, including clean-room microfabrication, measurements and characterisation. The quantum fluids research is supported by unique measurements systems, including ultra-low temperature rotating cryostats. More information is available on our Condensed Matter Physics page and our Graphene page. 

You can also download our  Postgraduate Project Booklet  (PDF document, 2.5Mb) which contains details of research projects available within the department.

The postgraduate research environment is well funded and world-class as demonstrated by our ranking in REF2014.  Supervision is provided by academic staff, who are leaders in their fields, with independent pastoral back-up.  Transferable skills training is available and there are some department teaching opportunities.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,407
    International students (per annum): £25,000
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,203
    International students (per annum): £12,500

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.

Contact details

Department of Physics & Astronomy
Contact name
Recruitment and Admissions Office
+44 (0) 161 306 3673

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