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Hetsys recruits enthusiastic students from across the physical sciences who enjoy using their mathematical skills and thinking flexibly to solve complex problems to join our training programme. We require at least a II(i) honours degree at BSc or an integrated masters degree (e.g. MPhys, MChem, MSci, MEng etc.) in a physical sciences, mathematics or engineering discipline.

We offer 10 fully funded positions for each year which will cover fees, a stipend to cover maintenance and generous research training support. Information on funding is available here.

Please note that recruitment for project starting in October 2022 has now concluded. Applications for projects starting in the Autumn 2023 will open in November.

How to Apply

All applications must be made using the central university postgraduate application form.

Please read the postgraduate step by step guide for help with the application process. The course code is P-F343 (PhD - Modelling of Heterogeneous Systems). Please include 'HetSys' for the 'Research Group or area of interest', and add 'HetSys' along with the title of the PhD research project or projects that you are interested in.

In the Research Proposal section of the application form, there is no need to upload a proposal. Instead, please nominate 1-3 projects you are interested in, in order of preference.

International applicants applying for funded places need to address the two questions described on our Funding Information page in a supporting statement.

Please forward the confirmation of your application to hetsys@warwick.ac.uk.

International applicants must have, or be expected to achieve, an English language test certificate that meets our Band A English language requirements. Please see our Study pages for the English Language qualifications accepted by the University of Warwick.

You will need two references from academic staff who have taught you on your current or most recent degree. The University will accept professional references if you have been out of higher education for over two years. These must be submitted by your current or most recent line manager. Please note that personal references, such as those from family and friends, are not acceptable.

Application Deadlines

If you’re from outside the UK, you may need to get a student visa. To make sure you have time to do this, the application deadline for all courses starting in September/October is 23:59 (GMT) on 25 January 2022 however places are limited so you should submit your application as soon as possible.

If you are a UK student, there are no formal application deadlines for postgraduate taught courses. However, places are limited, so you should submit your application as early as possible.

UPDATE JUNE 2022: We have now completed recruitment for 2022 entry and all places have been filled. Projects available for Autumn 2023 will be advertised in November.

What happens after I apply?

Your online application and supporting documents will be considered by our Admissions Team. If your application is taken forward to the next stage you will be invited to attend an interview. The application review process usually takes several weeks and we appreciate your patience.

Applicants will generally be interviewed by three members of HetSys staff, and a mutual decision reached by them. Admissions decisions will be communicated to you via HetSys administration.

Informal Enquiries

For informal enquires use the form below, email hetsys@warwick.ac.uk or call +44 (0)24 7615 1705.

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At the University of Warwick, we strongly value equity, diversity and inclusion, and HetSys will provide a healthy working environment, dedicated to outstanding scientific guidance, mentorship and personal development.

HetSys is proud to be a part of the Physics Department which holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, a national initiative to promote gender equality for all staff and students.

The Physics Department is also a Juno Champion, which is an award from the Institute of Physics to recognise our efforts to address the under-representation of women in university physics and to encourage better practice for both women and men.