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PhD in Modelling of Heterogeneous Systems (2022 entry)

About this research graduate course

Course overview

The HetSys training programme addresses three key training needs:

  • Span disciplinary barriers. The most challenging real-world heterogeneous systems are intrinsically multidisciplinary, requiring integration of a diverse range of modelling methods.
  • Incorporate uncertainty in modelling. Training in uncertainty quantification will enable students not only to perform simulations, but also to quantitatively assess their reliability.
  • Promote robust Research Software Engineering (RSE). Training in sustainable software development will enhance software usability and extend its lifetime.

CDT training will run throughout the four-year PhD programme with all aspects designed to meet the three key training needs above, and to develop transferable skills. You will be recruited directly onto a project and will have a supervisor from the start of the course, as well as a second supervisor in a related area and a cohort mentor for academic and pastoral advice. In projects with industry links there will often also be an industry co-supervisor.

Teaching and learning

HetSys' training programme is designed to enable you to become a high-quality computational scientist who is comfortable working in interdisciplinary environments, has excellent communication skills, and is well prepared for a wide range of future careers in areas where there is demonstrable need.

During the first 18 months of the programme you will study four core modules (Multiscale Modelling Methods and Applications I and II, Research Computing/Software Carpentry and Predictive Modelling and Uncertainty Quantification). You will also take at least two optional modules, participate in a Group Software Development Project supported by academics and RSEs, and carry out an independent research project in the area of the PhD project assessed through a written report and viva 12 months into the programme.

The individual project also leads to a peer-to-peer activity in the second year (also part of the Group Software Development Project). These activities will contribute to the formal award of a postgraduate diploma (120 credits), which must be successfully completed 18 months into the programme. You will also have the opportunity to participate in the formal transferable skills course run by the University, which leads to a PG Certificate in Transferable Skills after three years.

In Years Two to Four the majority of your time will be spent conducting PhD research. There will be ample opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and knowledge exchange through cohort-wide activities.


General entry requirements

Minimum requirements

2:i honours degree at BSc or an integrated Master’s degree (e.g. MPhys, MChem, MSci, MEng etc.) in a physical sciences, mathematics or engineering discipline.


English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:

  • Band A
  • Overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 and component scores.

International qualifications

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page.


Additional requirements

There are no additional entry requirements for this course.

Our research

Examples of areas of current research within the remit of the HetSys CDT include the following themes:

  • Novel electronic devices
  • Catalysis across scales
  • High-performance alloys
  • Direct-drive laser fusion
  • Heterogeneous modelling for future medicines
  • Smart nanofluidic interfaces
  • Composite materials with enhanced functionality
  • Heterogeneity of underground systems
  • Mathematical challenges
  • Simulation optimisation

Please see our research themes for further details and our projects page for specific projects currently being advertised.

Find a supervisor

HetSys offers a range of research projects. A research proposal is not required. Instead, you should nominate one to three projects that you are interested in, in order of preference.

Learn more about our groups and projects.

You can also see our general University guidance about finding a supervisor.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.

Taught course fees  Research course fees


Fee Status Guidance

The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.

If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.


Additional course costs

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad. Information about department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:

  • Core text books
  • Printer credits
  • Dissertation binding
  • Robe hire for your degree ceremony

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HetSys Funding Opportunities

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