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Science and Application of Plastic Electronic Materials (EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training)

About the course

Plastic electronics encompasses the materials science, chemistry and physics of molecular electronic materials and the application of such materials to displays, lighting, flexible thin film electronics, solar energy conversion, sensors, communications, smart textiles and biomedicine.

The programme was established to train PhD students in the area of plastic electronics. The field is a growth area, with the emerging industries in organic photovoltaics and lighting having enormous potential in the context of environmentally friendly low-carbon electricity and energy efficiency. The subject is inherently interdisciplinary, encompassing basic physics, optoelectronics, physical and materials chemistry, device engineering and modelling, as well as the design, synthesis and processing of molecular electronic materials.

To train PhD students successfully across these fields, the CDT academic cohort comprises over 30 academics, from the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, the University of Oxford and Queen Mary University of London.

Students accepted into the CDT program will register for their first year with Imperial College London, who will award an MRes degree upon successful completion of a course that includes both formally taught elements and a nine-month research project.

For acceptance into the course based on an Oxford-led project, the student will spend this nine-month project with the indicated supervisors at the University of Oxford.

Subject to successful completion of the MRes, the student will then be enrolled for a DPhil (PhD) program at the University of Oxford for a further three years, during which they will carry out the research project chosen at admissions point. Successful completion of this part of the CDT program will result in the award of a DPhil (PhD) degree in either physics, materials or engineering science from the University of Oxford.

The CDT website will list projects available for the coming academic year by the preceding January. Please note that entry into the University of Oxford's graduate programme for DPhil studies for years two to four of the programme requires the choice of a research project led by an Oxford supervisor at the point of admission into the CDT programme.

Decisions on admissions into the programme are made by a CDT team involving academics from both Imperial College and the University of Oxford.

Graduate destinations

Students will be well trained in all aspects of physics, engineering, material science with a focus on semiconducting materials and optoelectronics.

This training will provide a springboard for a career in academia and industrial research organisations and the financial sector.

Changes to the course

The University will seek to deliver this course in accordance with the description set out in this course page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. For further information, please see our page on changes to courses.

Entry requirements for entry in 2018-19

Information regarding the entry requirements for this course can be accessed at the following location:

Imperial College PECDT entry requirements


Resources available to graduate students in condensed matter physics include:

  • nanofabrication facility
  • crystal growth laboratory
  • Centre for Applied Superconductivity laboratory
  • magnetic characterisation suite
  • MBE facility for epitaxial thin films and multilayers
  • X-ray diffraction laboratory
  • Nicholas Kurti High Magnetic Field Laboratory
  • Atomic Force Microscopy Laboratory
  • facilities for protein expression, cell culture and biophysical measurements
  • Radcliffe Science Library.


There are over 1,100 full graduate scholarships available across the University, and these cover your course and college fees and provide a grant for living costs. If you apply by the relevant January deadline and fulfil the eligibility criteria you will be automatically considered. Over two thirds of Oxford scholarships require nothing more than the standard course application. Use the Fees, funding and scholarship search to find out which scholarships you are eligible for and if they require an additional application, full details of which are provided.

This programme has a dedicated stream of funding, and the majority of students on the programme are funded. Eligibility restrictions apply. Further details can be found on the CDT webpage.


Annual fees for entry in 2018-19

During the first year of the course you will be charged fees by Imperial College London. Further information about fee rates can be found on the institution's website.

In each subsequent year of study at the University of Oxford, you will be charged tuition and college fees at Oxford’s fee rate for that year of study. For an indication of costs, the table below shows the estimated annual tuition and college fees for the 2019-20 academic year at the University of Oxford. Please be aware that these fees will increase annually.

Estimated annual fees for the 2019-20 academic year at Oxford

Fee status

tuition fee

college fee

Total estimated
annual fees

(including Islands)
c. £4,495c. £3,236c. £7,731
Overseasc. £20,715c. £3,236c. £23,951

Tuition and college fees are payable for the duration of your fee liability (your fee liability is the length of time for which you are required to pay tuition and college fees). Fees will usually increase annually. For details, please see our guidance on likely increases to fees and charges.

Following the period of fee liability, you may also be required to pay a University continuation charge and a college continuation charge. The University and college continuation charges are shown on the Continuation charges page.

Students admitted by the University of Oxford are enrolled on the MRes in Plastic Electronic Materials at Imperial College London for one academic year and are liable for fees at that University at their fee rates. Subject to meeting the progression criteria, students are then enrolled by the University of Oxford and are liable for a further 9 terms of fees at the University of Oxford.

For more information about tuition fees, college fees and fee liability, please see the Fees section of this website. EU applicants should refer to our dedicated webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

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Living costs

In addition to your tuition and college fees, you will need to ensure that you have adequate funds to support your living costs for the duration of your course.

Please consult the Imperial College London website for further information about living costs while studying at that institution.

For the 2018-19 academic year, the range of likely living costs is between c. £1,015 and £1,555 for each month spent in Oxford. Full information, including a breakdown of likely living costs in Oxford for items such as food, accommodation and study costs, is available on our Living costs page.


The following colleges accept students on the Science and Technology of Plastic Electronic Materials programme:

How to apply

Prospective applicants are encouraged to make informal enquiries by contacting the CDT Admissions at Imperial College London. Please direct research enquiries to Dr Ji-Seon Kim, enquiries relating to how to apply to Dr Steph Pendlebury and any other general enquiries to Lisa Cheung.

Admission to this CDT is administered by Imperial College London. For further details about the course, its requirements and deadline(s), please see the PECDT page on the Imperial College website.

To apply for this course you need to make an application for "Postgraduate Masters - to be followed by Research" in the Physics Department at Imperial College London using the course code F3U8B.

Apply via Imperial

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