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Non-Equilibrium Systems


How is the CANES 4 year Programme different from a standard PhD Programme?

The CANES programme is unique and was developed to train a new generation of researchers in the field cross-disciplinary approaches to non-equilibrium systems, focusing on the three key strands of theoretical modelling, simulation and data-driven analysis.

CANES Key Strands

The first year of the programme combines taught modules and three research projects, leading to the award of MSc. 

In years two to four, leading to a PhD, the programme will include open question sandpits, master classes, journal clubs and an annual retreat.  For more information on the CANES programme click here 

Will I have to teach? 

There is no formal requirement to teach. However, opportunities to teach will be available on an ad hoc basis in years 2-4. Doing some teaching while a student of the CANES programme can provide valuable experience which will be relevant when you look for your next job.  

What does the first year involve? 

The first year combines taught courses and research projects, leading to the award of  MSc Non-Equilibrium Systems: Theoretical Modelling, Simulation and Data-Driven Analysis. For further information click here


Is there assessment? Are there exams? 
During the first year of the programme students will sit a number of examinable modules and write three research projects. 
How and when do I choose a my PhD Project?

Students aren't allocated to a specific project until mid way though year 1 of the programme, unless you are applying for an industry project to which you'll be aligned to at the beginning of the programme. To view indicative projects click here 

Am I eligible to apply? 

You are eligible to apply if you hold (or will hold in September)  Bachelor's degree with first class honours (or international equivalent) in any relevant discipline including mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering, materials science, biophysics, geophysical sciences and computer science and satisfy the institutional English language requirements


Note: A 2:1 (upper second class) honours degree (or international equivalent) may be acceptable depending on the candidate's academic background.


English language requirements

To follow this programme successfully, you must have a good command of English and be able to apply this in an academic environment. Therefore, you are usually required to provide certificated proof of your competence in English before starting your studies.  

 To apply to the CANES programme you will need to meet the minimum English Language Requirements  please  as specified here.  For the CANES programme you will need to meet the requirements for the Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences as detailed for each of the English Language Tests. 
What is the funding situation?
We shall offer 10 fully funded 4-year studentship each year, which  covers course fees, a stipend for living expenses (ca £16,000 per year), and conference travel and internship funds. Income tax is not payable on the stipend.  The programme can support UK applicants as well as limited numbers from the EU and overseas. 

In addition to the above studentships we may also offer Industry sponsored studentships.  These projects are aligned with an Industry partner, please click here for a listing of current industry projects.  Industry sponsored projects offer the student a unique opportunity to work closely with the partner and gain additional industry experience plus the full support of the CANES CDT and its academic supervisors.  The successful student will be aligned to this industry project at the commencement of the programme.  Industry studentships cover course fees, a stipend for living expenses (ca £16,000 per year), and conference travel and internship funds.

How do I go about finding accommodation?

Student services can provide advice and information on the private rental market in London including: how to find accommodation, securing a property and your housing rights, click here for more information.  Popular websites listing private rental are:, Rightmove and Zoopla. Many students share flats with friends, and we will of course put all successful applicants in touch with the other students as soon as possible in case they want to do that. 

What background knowledge do I need to have?

Below are links to background material on aspects of mathematics and physics that are used frequently in the taught parts of the CANES programme. You may find it useful to familiarise yourself with these before you start the programme.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further resources.

Complex integration and residue theorem

Overview of applied mathematics background

Probability theory

Simulation methods

Vector and matrix algebra

Background reading for quantum mechanics

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