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 2018.
  • 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.
The Graduate Studies Prospectus 2018/19 can be found here.


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 2017/18 cycle for entry in 2018/19 are as follows:

Friday 19 January 2018
Friday 9 March 2018

  • 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 2018 (starting October 2018) are open until 31 July 2018.
  • 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 2018 deadline (Friday 19 January 2018): interviews will be held over five days: Monday 5th - Friday 9th February 2018
  • For the March 2018 deadline (Friday 9 March 2018): interviews are likely to be held on Wednesday 18 April 2018
  • For UK and some EU candidates interviews will be held at the Clarendon Laboratory in Oxford. For candidates from overseas we will conduct interviews using Skype.