Academic Requirements

Applicants to the CDT must hold at least a Bachelors degree in Physics or a subject closely related to the research in the CDT such as Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics or Computer Science. The majority of successful applicant hold a Masters degree (MSci or MSc). The minimum degree requirement is 2.1 or its equivalent.

How do I Apply?

Applications should be  submitted online. Please see instructions on how to make an online application.

To apply for a PhD in Controlled Quantum Dynamics CDT, that is, the four year course (MRes + PhD), you need to make an application for a Postgraduate Masters. The programme code is F3U7B. There is no need to enter a proposed research topic or name of supervisor. 

To apply for the one year MRes in Controlled Quantum Dynamics only, you will need to specify this by applying for a Postgraduate Masters and use the code F3U7. There is no need to enter the a proposed research topic or name of supervisor.

In your application you should indicate if you are interested in theory or experimental physics for your PhD. We aim for an even split between theory and experimental students. At the start of your personal statement please also indicate if you are applying for a CQD position with our project partners, as these applications will be considered earlier.

For advice on writing your application please read the following personal statement guidelines.

Please contact Miss Miranda Smith at for any queries regarding your application.

Students interested in the new programme of 'Quantum Systems Engineering' should apply for a Postgraduate Masters in Quantum Engineering within the Physics Department. Further information is available on the PhD in Quantum Systems Engineering‌ website‌.

When Should I apply?

The deadline for submitting applications for Controlled Quantum Dynamics is 3rd February 2018 with interviews being held in the week commencing 5th March 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted at least one week before interview with offers being made shortly after interviews.

Candidates for CQD committing to a project with one of our CQD partners can apply at any time and can be interviewed earlier (see the FAQ page for more details). In this case please also contact Miss Miranda Smith, when you submit your application. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted at least one week before interview with offers being made shortly after interviews.

Funding is very limited for overseas students. Please get in touch as soon as possible if you are interested. We may be able to make an early offer if it is needed for a scholarship application.

Offer Holders

Once you have been made an offer please visit our Offer Holders page which contains information on what to do once you have been made an offer. 

Am I eligible for funding?

The CDT offers full funding, that is, tuition fees and living expenses to UK students, and EU students who have been resident in the UK for three years prior to joining the CDT. EU students who do not meet the residency requirement are eligible for fees only. Unfortunately we do not have any funding for Overseas students. However, with effect from the 2010/11 academic year, we are able to fully fund one student from the EU who has not met the residency requirements or an Overseas student. The studentship will cover tuition fees and stipend at EU rates and will be offered competitively. Please  ask our office contact for more details. 

There may be a number of studentships available from DSTL (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) for research projects on Quantum Sensors and Metrology. If you are interested please indicate this on your application.

Other placement and studentship opportunities may be available.

Open Days - When can I come and meet you?

The CDT will be present at the Physics Department Open Day which will take place on 6th December 2017 on the South Kensington CampusYou will get an opportunity to talk to some members of the CDT.

The CDT will also be at the Quantum Optics and Laser Science Open Day on 24th January 2018.