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 days

We run an open day for prospective graduate students in [month] – whether in-person or online – for entry the following year. It is an opportunity to meet supervisors as well as some of our postdocs and current graduate students. We will confirm the date and registration details in [month/year].


Read comprehensive information on fees and funding for graduate students.

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.