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Programme Details

‌In Year 1 students spend one semester at the University of Glasgow and one semester at Queen's University Belfast undertaking a suite of technical courses which are directly relevant to the Centre's research themes; these include nanofabrication, electronic devices, sold state physics, nano and atomic scale imaging, lasers and integrated optics, magnetic & electronic materials and plasmonic & optical materials.  Students undertake group project activity in both semesters which introduces team and distributed working.  They also complete a course in Teamwork & Collaboration Skills in a Cross-Geographic Environment at Seagate.

Students carry out research projects at both institutions and spend time with industry partners.  They also carry out a three-week study period at The Innovation Academy in Dublin, which specialises in fostering interdisciplinary innovation and entrepreneurship skills among PhD researchers and leads to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

In the summer of Year 1 students are formed into 5 teams to complete a distributed research project spanning the two locations.  This summer research project can act as a precursor to the main doctoral research project which is completed in years 2- 4, or as a stand alone research project.

Click here for the programme syllabus.

Click here for details of the mini research projects to be undertaken by year one students at the University of Glasgow in autumn 2016.

In Year 2 students commence their 3 year principal doctoral project.  All research projects are jointly supervised by staff from the University of Glasgow and Queen's University Belfast and are aligned to the Centre's five main research themes.  Students are located at a particular site, either Belfast or Glasgow, depending on the basis of their chosen research topic.  Examples of projects that might be offered are:

• Semiconductor laser with optimised power output at 100°C

• Silicon waveguide coupling to nano-antennas

• Non-noble metal alloy plasmonic material: plasmonic response versus high temperature reliability

• Atomic compositional mapping of plasmonic materials across microelectronic diffusion barriers

• bcc/fcc permalloy multilayers for zero magnetostriction: the role of domains by Lorentz imaging


Click here for further information on typical CDT research projects.