When studying for a DPhil (PhD) in Condensed Matter Physics, students can choose from topics in biological physics, quantum materials, and semiconductor materials, devices and nanostructures; our research ranges from fundamental physics questions to interdisciplinary research and technological applications.

A DPhil in Condensed Matter Physics will allow students to conduct research that not only considers unsolved fundamental physics questions but also has many important and highly relevant technological applications. Research projects available include topics in biological physics, quantum materials and semiconductor materials, devices and nanostructures.

Open day

Condensed Matter Physics (CMP) will be holding an in-person Open Day for prospective DPhil applicants.  This will be an opportunity to meet supervisors and the teams of talented young scientists who are currently researching Condensed Matter Physics.

There will be an introduction from the CMP Director of Graduate Studies and talks from different research groups.  following this opportunity to meet with supervisors for further discussion, a question and answer session, and talks from current CMP students. 

We may offer a limited number of in-person lab tours, please express interest in this when registering for the Open Day.

To register please email cmpgradadmin@physics.ox.ac.uk

The 2023 Open Day will take place on Friday 1st December 2023.

To view the Graduate Prospectus please access https://www.physics.ox.ac.uk/study/postgraduates/dphil-condensed-matter-physics


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How to apply

All applications must be made through the central University of Oxford graduate admissions website where you will find information about applying to any of the six DPhil courses on offer at the Department of Physics.

It is important to note that you are not required to select a final project or supervisor at the point of application; while it is useful for us to know the broad areas you are interested in, we do not expect you to have made a final decision on your preferred projects and there will be opportunities to discuss your interests before offers are made.

If you would like to apply for more than one DPhil course, there is no need to complete a separate application for each or pay more than one application fee; please refer to the instructions for applying to related courses.

Download the Condensed Matter Physics graduate prospectus

Find out more about what to expect and how to apply