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The Post Graduate Open Day will be taking place on Monday 5th December 2016. The TSM CDT will be having a drinks reception in 113 Whiteley Suite, RCS 1 Building, from 6-7pm. You will get an opportunity to talk to the current research and MSc/MRes students as well as members of staff . For directions and how to register, please see the Post Graduate Open Day.
I have a Master's, do I still need to take the MSc, or can I go into the PhD?
All research projects within the CDT have the common theme of bridging length- and/or time-scales. This requires a multi-disciplinary background in materials physics across the scales which cannot be achieved by studying a single subject to degree level. Therefore the MSc is a requirement for undertaking research in the CDT. Note that as a 12 month course (worth 90 ECTS) the MSc in TSM is accepted across Europe as a Master's level qualification, whereas many UK integrated Master's degrees are not.
I am an overseas student from outside the EU - how can I get funding for the CDT courses?
Unfortunately the CDT does not have any fully funded studentships for overseas students. Imperial College has a limited number of scholarships available but these are very competitive.
Unless you have access to other sources of funding, we recommend that you apply for a traditional PhD in one of departments participating in the CDT, and you can take some of our MSc courses in your first year if you wish. Students on direct PhD positions within Imperial College may be fully incorporated into our Centre with special arrangement.
I am an EU citizen - am I eligible for funding from the CDT?
We strongly welcome EU students to join the TSM-CDT programme. EU students who meet the EPSRC's UK residency requirement are eligible for fully funded studentships (both tuition fees and stipend).
EU students who do not meet the residency requirement above are eligible for studentships from the CDT that cover tuition fees only .
There are however, usually a number of studentships that are co-sponsored by the CDT's industry partners and these projects can provide full funding (ie, tuition fees and stipend) for all EU and UK students, irrespective of residency status. For further information please see the list of available projects and indicated your interest on your application form.
I have submitted an online application, but I think the assessment of my fees status is incorrect. How do I query this?
The fees status of all applicants is assessed by Registry according to government regulations. Occasionally it may be necessary to complete a fees status questionnaire to provide more information. If you believe that some information on your application has been overlooked, then please contact the CDT Admissions Tutor.
How much do the courses cost for a self-funded student?
When is the best time to apply to the CDT?
The admissions round usually opens in November, almost a year before the course is due to start. We consider applications as they are received, and allocate funded places from January, so we recommend that you apply as soon as possible.
How can I tell if my background is suitable for the CDT?
Our courses are multidisciplinary and hence we encourage applications from all physical scientists and engineers. In the past we have taken students with degrees in physics (including maths with physics), materials, chemical physics and mechanical engineering. Our main criteria are (i) an excellent academic record equivalent to a First class UK Bachelor's degree; (ii) a sufficient knowledge of mathematics to cope with the MSc in TSM course.