Condensed Matter Physics


Condensed Matter Physics is one of the most active areas of current research. The subject contains many unsolved fundamental physics questions, but also has many important and highly relevant technological applications. As a graduate research student in the Oxford Physics Department, you can study on a full-time programme for a DPhil degree in Condensed Matter Physics. The department aims to provide a high level of training in key skills within the context of the most challenging and up-to-date research worldwide in Condensed Matter Physics.

Admission as Graduate Student

  • Candidates are selected according to certain entry requirements which can be found under the respective course description here.
    Entry requirements for EPSRC CDTs can be found under the respective EPSRC CDT course here.
  • The first step is to find a research project that particularly interests you. Please see our Research Projects page for available projects for 2021/22 (currently being updated).
  • Once you have an idea of the research you would like to pursue, you will need to complete a University application form and submit it to the central Graduate Admissions Office (GAO). Your application will need to be supported by THREE references and should include a transcript of your undergraduate degree course.
  • If you would like to apply to more that one Physics Sub-Department or associated graduate programme (multiple applications) please check our FAQ section.
  • Doctoral students normally start in October which is when the graduate class begins.
  • General enquiries about admission to the Condensed Matter Physics department should be directed to, but please first look at our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Please note: Applications can be considered once a completed form with transcript and references is received; an offer of a graduate place in physics is determined by academic merit and available funding.


All applicants are encouraged to apply by the late January deadline as nearly all funding opportunities, including University scholarships, are considered immediately after this date.

The Physics Department uses the late January and March deadlines which can be found here. Application Deadlines for 2020/21 cycle for entry in 2021/22 are as follows:

Midday UK time on Friday 22 January 2021
Midday UK time on Tuesday 2 March 2021

  • You can apply before these dates but it is at the discretion of the Director of Graduate Studies as to whether your application will be considered in advance of the late January deadline.
  • Applications for entry to graduate study in Michaelmas Term 2021 (starting October 2021) are open until 2 March 2021. Projects may remain open on an ad-hoc basis after this date.
  • The majority of research council studentships are awarded in the period from the start of February to the end of April.
  • Applicants looking for funding, especially from overseas, are strongly advised to apply before the second deadline since many University scholarships are considered immediately after this deadline. (Those wishing to be considered for these awards should tick the relevant boxes on the application form where applicable.)
  • From time to time the sub-department may advertise additional specific project studentships; applicants should therefore check the website and use the general application form giving the appropriate project code.
  • In all cases your application will need to be supported by three references and should include a transcript of your undergraduate degree course.

Interview Dates

-Please check regularly as these dates may be subject to change-

  • For the late January 2021 deadline (Friday 22 January 2021): interviews are likely to be held during February 2021.
  • For the March 2021 deadline (Tuesday 2 March 2020): interviews are likely to be held in April 2021.