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Spin Models with Random Fields, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #531 (QS) Coventry, United Kingdom
This Spin Models with Random Fields programme from Coventry University is focused on the physics of magnetic systems with impurities as modelled by spin systems with quenched disorder. 
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Overview

Research

From previous research we have a good understanding of the physics of the random-field Ising model, but generalisations to systems with more than two states have rarely been studied. Such systems have manifold applications in magnetic grains, anisotropic orientational glasses, randomly diluted molecular crystals and related problems. 

In the Spin Models with Random Fields programme from Coventry University the doctoral researcher will work with a combination of exact and heuristic combinatorial optimisation algorithms based on graph cuts and generalised-ensemble Monte Carlo simulations to uncover the phase diagram and related behaviour of the random-field Potts model.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      3 to 3.5 years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Benefits

  • The candidate will work with our extensive High-Performance Computing (HPC) facilities, including a GPU enabled 3000-core cluster
  • Our research strategy is underpinned by a £250m investment in research and facilities
  • Dedicated Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability Development deliver high quality professional support for researchers, from PhD to Professor
  • Free training: research career planning, managing your doctorate, research communication skills, research ethics, research impact, research integrity, research methods and research supervision
  • Coventry is a member of the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA), the largest multi-partner and only nationwide doctoral training initiative of its kind.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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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).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the Project element or equivalent with  a minimum 60% overall module average.
  • In the event of a first degree classification of less than 2:1, a Masters Degree in a relevant subject area will be considered as an equivalent. The Masters must have been attained with overall marks at minimum merit level (60%). In addition, the dissertation or equivalent element in the Masters must also have been attained with a mark at minimum merit level (60%).
  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a three-year period of study.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Coventry

  • 656 - 1060 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Fully-funded studentship available -£15,009 stipend and full fees paid.

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