PHYESTA has a closely integrated programme of graduate student training as part of the SUPA-wide Graduate School established in 2006. This has been one of the key successes of SUPA, offering over 60 courses for postgraduate students throughout Scotland in all of our research areas, as well as general training in core skills.
Most courses are delivered by video conferencing and using an e-learning portal. In addition, there are tutorials, labs and residential workshops. The courses are grouped by research theme (Astronomy, Condensed Matter, Energy, Nuclear Physics, Particle Physics, Photonics and Physics & Life Sciences).
Each student is required to take at least 40 contact hours of research courses and 20 hours of skills courses in their first two years, with these courses being assessed. In 2012-2013 PHYESTA hosted 217/538 (40%) of all SUPA Graduate School students, and taught 36/69 (52%) of the courses.
Doctoral Training Centres
In 2009 EPSRC provided £6M of funding for 5 years to establish a Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) in Condensed Matter Physics as a joint award to Edinburgh, St Andrews and Heriot-Watt, and PHYESTA hosts 38/52 of its students. A key aim of the CM-DTC is to give our students deeper functional knowledge of the whole field of condensed matter physics, whatever part of it they pursue in their research. A comprehensive programme of graduate-level courses in core Condensed Matter subjects is offered, with students required to attain 160 credits during the first two years of study.
We participate in two other Centres, the Industrial Doctorate Centre in Optics and Photonics Technologies, and the Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Magnetic Resonance. We are members of EU Marie-Curie training networks Comploids (colloids), IIIOS (photonics) and MaMiNa (metallic alloys). We are part of bids for 3 new EPSRC CDTs (Centres for Doctoral Training), including the CM-DTC renewal.
- Condensed Matter Doctoral Training Centre (CM-DTC)
- Industrial Doctorate Centre in Optics and Photonics Technologies
- Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Magnetic Resonance
The Scottish Universities Summer Schools in Physics (SUSSP) have been running since 1960, with one or two schools being organised each year. We have been organisers of schools in High Pressure Physics (2008), Electron Spin Resonance (2008), and LHC Physics (2009 and 2012).
These schools are attended by approximately 100 students from all over the world. Our students in Condensed Matter & Photonics attend EPSRC and IoP graduate schools, and our students in Astronomy, Nuclear and Particle Physics attend STFC schools. Most students also attend an international school. In 2010-2012 we were a partner in an Erasmus school on organic electronics (OREA).