Plastic electronics encompasses the materials science, chemistry and physics of molecular electronic materials and the application of such materials to displays, lighting, flexible thin film electronics, solar energy conversion, sensors, communications, smart textiles and biomedicine.
Students will be well trained in all aspects of physics, engineering, material science with a focus on semiconducting materials and optoelectronics.
This training will provide a springboard for a career in academia and industrial research organisations and the financial sector.
The programme was established to train PhD students in the area of plastic electronics. The field is a growth area, with the emerging industries in organic photovoltaics and lighting having enormous potential in the context of environmentally friendly low-carbon electricity and energy efficiency. The subject is inherently interdisciplinary, encompassing basic physics, optoelectronics, physical and materials chemistry, device engineering and modelling, as well as the design, synthesis and processing of molecular electronic materials.
To train PhD students successfully across these fields, the CDT academic cohort comprises over 30 academics, from the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, the University of Oxford and Queen Mary University of London.
Students accepted into the CDT program will register for their first year with Imperial College London, who will award an MRes degree upon successful completion of a course that includes both formally taught elements and a nine-month research project.
For acceptance into the course based on an Oxford-led project, the student will spend this nine-month project with the indicated supervisors at the University of Oxford.
Subject to successful completion of the MRes, the student will then be enrolled for a DPhil (PhD) program at the University of Oxford for a further three years, during which they will carry out the research project chosen at admissions point. Successful completion of this part of the CDT program will result in the award of a DPhil (PhD) degree in either physics, materials or engineering science from the University of Oxford.
The CDT website will list projects available for the coming academic year by the preceding January. Please note that entry into the University of Oxford's graduate programme for DPhil studies for years two to four of the programme requires the choice of a research project led by an Oxford supervisor at the point of admission into the CDT programme.
Decisions on admissions into the programme are made by a CDT team involving academics from both Imperial College and the University of Oxford.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
To apply for the Plastic Electronics CDT programme (MRes+PhD; 4 years), you need to make an application for "Postgraduate Masters - to be Followed by Research" in the Physics Department. Please use the course code F3U8B. Prospective students are encouraged to identify project(s) that they are interested in from the current list of available projects, and to contact the primary supervisor directly before submitting an application.
Interviews are expected to run between February and May; if you are selected for interview you will be contacted by email. Each MRes and CDT studentship is aligned with a particular project. If you have not been selected for a particular project your application has been unsuccessful. Around 8 projects are available each year for fully-funded CDT studentships; other projects are available for MRes or self-funded CDT students. Find out more about funding.
Both the MRes and the CDT courses start at the beginning of October each year; it is not possible to start at any other time.