Enter the wide world of Metamaterials

From acoustics and electromagnetism to magnonics, photonics and beyond – enter the wide world of Metamaterials – start a PhD in Physics or Engineering at the University of Exeter.

We offer a few more 4-year studentships for UK/EU students starting in September 2017/18. Tuition fees and a stipend of £14,500 and £16,500, respectively, are covered by the CDT.

Please note, due to funding restrictions we are no longer able to consider applications from international candidates (non EU).

Metamaterials, fabricated microstructures having properties beyond those found in nature, are emerging as an important new class of materials with applications in many technology areas, from energy harvesting, through perfect imaging, to communication, and the much-hyped ‘cloaking’. We are exploring fundamental physics through to material engineering, feeding industry and academia with graduates to exploit this exciting field.

Our research is spanning a unique mix of interests, from microwave metasurfaces to carbon nanotubes, from the fundamental theory of electromagnetism, to new understanding in acoustics, from graphene plasmonics to spintronics, magnonics and magnetic composites, from terahertz photonics to biomimetics.

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2) is based on the Streatham Campus at the University of Exeter in the Departments of Physics and Engineering. Our postgraduate researchers start undertaking research from day one, and they receive additional training beyond their individual research areas to prepare them for future careers in- and outside of academia. Each year we take on about 15-18 students that form a unique cohort throughout their study programme.

One of the great strengths of doctoral cohort training is the additional benefits that we can provide our students over and above that available in a traditional PhD programme, such as courses in Creativity and Cognitive Behavioural Coaching. They are also taking courses targeted at the skills they will need to undertake their day-to-day research, e.g. presentation and scientific skills, computational modelling and programming and more. As the students progress into subsequent years their training will focus on Leadership, Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship, alongside interview training and exposure to industry on company visits and through incoming guests speakers.

We started this training programme with a first cohort consisting of 18 students in 2014. Three years later we are proud that our students already engage the next generation of scientists through outreach events at science fairs and in collaboration with local schools. We now work with a total of about 65 students who are ambassadors for our research at national and international conferences – and you can be part of that.