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HetSys PhD Applications

UPDATE July 2020

We are no longer accepting applications for October 2020. Applications for October 2021 will open later in the year.

Entry Requirements

We are looking for enthusiastic students from across the physical sciences who enjoy using their mathematical skills and thinking flexibly to solve complex problems. We require at least a 2(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.


  • UK/EU Applicants. HetSys provides funding for the four-year programme to UK and EU students (who meet the required UK residency criteria). For other EU students, fee-only funding is available.
  • International Applicants. In addition, one studentship per year may be offered to an exceptional student of any citizenship. Applications for this studentship must be submitted by 31 January 2020, and must include responses to the following questions within the supporting statement:
    • Describe your academic history, skills, expertise, professional experience and awards or publications and how these prepare you for the HetSys training programme (300 words maximum).
    • Describe how your skills and interests match with your chosen PhD project or projects. You might want to consider the significance of the project and any prior engagement with relevant topics (300 words maximum).

Applications for this studentship have now closed for October 2020 entry.

Fully funded studentships pay a stipend to cover maintenance as well as paying the university fees and research training support. The stipend is at the standard UKRI rate (for 2020/21 that is £15,285 per annum).

We normally expect to have allocated these studentships by late Spring for the course starting in October.

Self-funded applicants of any citizenship who meet the Entry Requirements are also encouraged to apply.

Informal Enquiries

For informal enquires use the form below, email or call +44 (0)24 7615 1705 (Terri Sullivan).

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Application Process

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.

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There is no formal deadline by which applications must be submitted, but applicants should note that applications can only be considered once all supporting documentation has been received, and that both places to study and available funding will be limited. Therefore early submission of your application to study is encouraged.