M.Phil. On Campus

EPSRC CDT +PhD in Computational Methods for Materials Science

48 months
32220 GBP/year
12525 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The EPSRC CDT +PhD in Computational Methods for Materials Science programme offered by the University of Cambridge aims to train scientists not only in the use of existing modeling methods but also in the underlying computational and mathematical techniques.


The EPSRC CDT +PhD in Computational Methods for Materials Science programme offered by the University of Cambridge will allow students to develop and enhance existing methods, for instance by introducing new capabilities and functionalities, and also to create innovative new software tools for materials modeling in industrial and academic research.

The first year of the doctoral training programme is provided by the existing MPhil course in Scientific Computing, which has research and a taught element, as well as additional training elements.

The MPhil in Scientific Computing is administered by the Department of Physics, but it serves the training needs of the Schools of Physical Sciences, Technology, and Biological Sciences. The ability to have a single master’s course for such a broad range of disciplines and applications is achieved by offering core (ie common for all students) numerical and high-performance computing (HPC) lecture courses and complementing them with elective courses relevant to the specific discipline applications.

In this way, it is possible to generate a bespoke training portfolio for each student without losing the benefits of a cohort training approach. This bespoke course is fully flexible in allowing each student to liaise with their academic or industrial supervisor to choose a study area of mutual interest.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the MPhil, students will have:

  • A comprehensive understanding of numerical methods, and a thorough knowledge of the literature, applicable to their own research
  • Demonstrated originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how research and inquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in their field
  • Shown abilities in the critical evaluation of current research and research techniques and methodologies
  • Demonstrated self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and acted autonomously in the planning and implementation of research

By the end of the PhD programme, students will have demonstrated:

  • The creation and interpretation of new knowledge, through original research or other advanced scholarship, of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication
  • A systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of an academic discipline or area of professional practice
  • The general ability to conceptualize, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems
  • A detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic inquiry
  • The development of a PhD thesis for examination that they can defend in an oral examination and, if successful, graduate with a PhD

Programme Structure

  • The first year of the CDT has a research as well as a taught element. Students attend lecture courses during the first five months and then undertake a substantial research project over the next six months in a participating department. 
  • The research element aims to provide essential skills for successful completion of the PhD, as well as to assess and enhance students' research capacity. It is based on a materials science topic which is studied by means of scientific computation. 
  • Appropriate elective courses are selected from master’s-level courses offered by the departments of the schools of Physical Sciences, Technology or Biological Sciences. The choice of courses will be such as to provide the students with essential background knowledge for completing their theses and for their general education in the materials science application of the project. They are decided in consultation with the project supervisor.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK High II.i Honours Degree
  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English   
  • Statement of interest 
  • Sample of work

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32220 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32220 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    12525 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12525 GBP per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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