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Applying to join our CDT


The CDT admissions process for 2015 entry is now open.

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What will the CDT be looking for in applicants?

An outstanding academic record in a relevant technical discipline (for example Physics, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Materials, Chemistry) coupled with a broad outlook and a strong interest in quantum technologies.  We will generally be looking for applicants who will have achieved the equivalent of a good UK Masters (e.g. MSci, MPhys, MEng or MSc) degree by the time they join us. The CDT will not accept applications from candidates who are only qualified to Batchelors level.


I have a theoretical undergraduate degree and no prior experience of labs. Am I still suitable for this CDT?

This CDT is recruiting from a broad background so we know that that not all CDT members may have prior labs experience. Lab activities are designed with this in mind. Lab is an essential part of the first year of our programme, because it’s so important in appreciating how quantum technologies actually function – and if you haven’t been in a lab before, you might be surprised at how much you enjoy it. In any case, you should be assured that lab marks will be combined with exam marks in each module so you can do very well in the MRes year even you feel that lab kit tends to break as soon as you enter a room. At the PhD stage our consortium contains many theorists who are potential supervisors, so we expect there to be a significant fraction of largely or entirely theoretical projects.


I have an experimentally-based undergraduate degree and no prior experience of theoretical physics. Am I still suitable for this CDT?

This CDT is recruiting from a broad background so we know that that not all CDT members may have prior physics theory experience. Theoretical activities are designed with this in mind. Theory is an essential part of the first year of our programme, because it’s so important in appreciating what quantum technologies are aiming to do, and if you haven’t done physics theory before, you might be surprised at how much you enjoy it. In any case, you should be assured that theory marks will be combined with other marks in each module so you can do very well in the MRes year even you feel that theoretical physics gives you a big headache. At the PhD stage our consortium contains many experimentalists who are potential supervisors, so we expect there to be a significant fraction of largely or entirely experimental projects.


How do I apply?

The application process for the CDT is independent to the PhD application procedure offered by individual UCL departments. Applications made directly to UCL departments will not automatically be considered for the CDT.

For detailed information on how to apply to the CDT please follow this link:

http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/quantum/cdt-application-form/


What is the process and what are the deadlines for 2015?

Applications have now opened for Autumn 2015 entry. The deadline for applications is Friday 13th February 2015. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in the week beginning 16th March 2015. UK applicants will attend the interview at UCL’s campus in London. International candidates will usually be interviewed via Skype, though we may arrange for candidates living nearby and not requiring a VISA to enter the UK to attend an interview in London.

The CDT will offer up to 12 studentships for candidates eligible to pay UK or EU tuition fees. The CDT can provide a only very limited number of studentships to international students.

We strongly recommend that all international (non-EU) applicants also apply for scholarships external to the CDT, such as scholarships from their home country or UCL’s Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS) and Overseas Research Scholarships (ORS) programme. International (non-EU) candidates who wish to be considered for nomination for a GRS and ORS scholarship must submit their application by Friday 16 January 2015. We must also have received references from their nominated referees by Tuesday 20th January 2015. Please see the Information for International Applicants page for more details.


I really like the sound of this programme but I have an offer from another institution that is pressing me for a response.  What should I do?

If you have a firm offer from another institution for comparable postgraduate study at the time of application, or receive one after you have applied to us, please email us at quantum-cdt-enquiries@ucl.ac.uk us with details of the offer and the deadline you have been given when you apply.  In some cases we may be able to give your application accelerated consideration so as to give you a decision before you have to respond to the other offer.  We will aim to let you know within two weeks whether we will be able to do this.