Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces

The SOFI CDT is formed by the three universities: Durham University, University of Edinburgh and the University of Leeds in a global consortium with industrial partners, major research facilities and international universities and institutes.

The CDT combines expertise from three universities, industry and central facilities to deliver a comprehensive training programme and a wide choice of research projects from across the full range of science. It will provide industrially integrated post-graduate training in research, enterprise and innovation for future industrial leaders in Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces (SOFI).

The core aim of the CDT is to train the next generation of industrial SOFI science and enterprise leaders by providing a rich programme of industrially integrated post-graduate training.

To deliver this the CDT includes:

  • A broad-based, team problem-solving approach to core SOFI subject-specific training
  • An experience of acquiring high-level soft matter science within an industrial and multidisciplinary context
  • A supported cohort-based doctoral training experience
  • Transferable, enterprise-focussed soft skills training
  • Research training via industrially-inspired PhD project
  • A mini-MBA coordinated by the Durham Business School including modules in project management, leadership, responsible innovation, marketing and best practice in collaborative innovation

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Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces

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Minimum entry qualification - an Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or International equivalent) in a relevant science or engineering discipline, possibly supported by an MSc Degree. Further information on English language requirements for EU/Overseas applicants.