Doctorate Program in Condensed Matter Physics, Nanoscience and Biophysics


PhD defenses 2020

General information 

Update: 20 May 2020

The Official Doctorate Program in Physics of Condensed Matter, Nanoscience and Biophysics  is an Inter-University Doctorate Program offered jointly by the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Coordinator partner), the Universidad de Murcia, and the Universidad de Oviedo. At UAM both the Department of Condensed Matter Physics and the Department of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics participate in the Program.

Our strongly multidisciplinary Doctoral Program builds on the growing interactions and synergies among Condensed Matter Physics, Nanoscience and Biophysics. Experimental techniques and simulation approaches, originally developed in the physical context, are currently been extended to the quantitative characterization of biological systems. On the other hand, the study of live organisms is a powerful source of inspiration for the design of nanostructures. The strong research activity of the groups at the two UAM Departments, together with the collaboration of several research institutes at our campus, including the Center for Condensed Matter Physics (IFIMAC-UAM), the Nicolas Cabrera Institute of Materials Science (INC-UAM), the Institute of Materials Science (ICMM-CSIC), the IMDEA Nanoscience Institute, and the National Center for Biotechnology (CNB-CSIC) provide a perfect environment for the development of PhD projects at the forefront of these disciplines.

Our Doctoral Program is structured around the following research lines:  Our Doctoral Program is structured around the following research lines:  

  • Biophysics and Statistical Physics of Complex Systems.
  • Nanoplasmonics, Nanoelectronics, and Quantum Optics.
  • Low-temperature Physics (Superconductivity, Superfluidity).
  • Surface Physics.
  • First-principles Simulations and Modeling.
  • Physical Properties of Molecular and Biological Systems and Nanostructures.
  • Experimental Characterization of Molecular, Nanoscopic and Biological Systems.

Information about the research groups involved in the different lines can be found in the “Research Groups” tab.

According to the current Spanish Legislation (RD 99/2011), the PhD is a three-year program leading to the doctor degree. Students will develop their own research project, working with their academic supervisor(s) within the framework of cutting-edge national and international research projects and networks, and in collaboration with other postgraduate students and scientists in their research group or laboratory. The students are expected to complete and submit their thesis within three years. However, they may request an additional period of one year for thesis submission.

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The UAM Doctoral School website provides general information on admission procedures and dates. Specific admission requirements of our program can be found at the “Admission” tab.