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Physics and Astronomy (Condensed Matter Physics Specialism), Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 42 months
    Duration
University rank #79 (QS) ,
The research carried out by the Condensed Matter Physics Research Group probes fundamental and applied aspects of quantum effects in solids, superconducting qubits and novel superconducting and magnetic materials on this Physics and Astronomy (Condensed Matter Physics Specialism) from University of Birmingham.

About

The ‘condensate’ of Cooper pairs in a superconductor means that magnetic fields pass through in the form of quantised flux lines, each containing one quantum of flux associated with circulating supercurrents. The structure and dynamics of magnetic flux lines in superconductors, which may form a lattice, liquid or a 'glass' are studied experimentally by small-angle neutron diffraction and muon spin rotation, using international facilities. 

The flux lattice structure tells us about fundamental interactions inside superconductors. In addition to “cuprate” high temperature superconductors, there is a wide range of metals with novel electrical and magnetic properties arising from strong electron correlations. 

They include Sr2RuO4 which is believed to be a p-wave superconductor, in which the electrons are paired with parallel spin, as opposed to the opposite spins of conventional and cuprate superconductors. We are also investigating the properties of CeCoIn5, which is a “Pauli-limited” “heavy fermion” superconductor, in which the superconductivity in high magnetic fields is suppressed by the magnetic effects on the electron spin, instead of the usual diamagnetism. The properties of these novel materials are studied using muon and neutron measurements at temperatures down to 50 mK in fields as high as 11 T. 

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Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 42 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The key research areas are: flux lines in high temperature and novel superconductors; superconducting qubits; quantum effects in solids; and biophysics applications.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    80

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    6

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):

    169

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

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Typically a first or 2:1 undergraduate degree.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21420 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21420 GBP per year and a duration of 42 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4320 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4320 GBP per year and a duration of 42 months.
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£2,160  UK/EU students, part-time

Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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