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Graphene Technology is no longer accepting new applications.


In the first year, students will undertake structured programme consisting of the following:

  1. Six taught courses, covering the science and technology of graphene and related materials, flexible electronics, physics and the nanometre-scale, nanofabrication and material characterisation
  2. Laboratory-based research skills sessions (designed to provide training in a range of experimental skills such as lithography, printing, vacuum processing, solution processing, device testing and materials characterisation)
  3. Two technical projects, either academic or industrial, with no two projects in the same group
  4. Enterprise skills. Industrial experience in the partner companies, public engagement activities in schools or exhibitions, and periods of time spent in academic collaborator laboratories will be encouraged. Students will also attend an induction camp, weekly advanced technology lectures, and a variety of support seminars. The development of enterprise skills will be facilitated through participation in the 'Nurturing and Managing Innovation in Science' course, which particularly focuses on innovation and the commercialisation of research.

Successful MRes students (ie, those who have passed the MRes and who have demonstrated adequate research potential) will then proceed to a three-year programme of supervised doctoral research, during which time they will continue to be supported by the CDT. They will continue to participate in the weekly advanced technology lectures,  and in workshops on various aspects of industry and research.

The numbers given below reflect the MRes year only, unless otherwise specified.

One to one supervision

MRes students will have approximately 20 hours of contact time with the principal investigator on each short project (40 hours total). Some of this will take the form of group meetings with other students on the project; one-to-one meetings will be organised as required to discuss individual project progress and resolve difficulties. Additionally, every student will be assigned both a primary and a secondary daily supervisor in the laboratory in which the project is based; in each mini-project, students can expect approximately 40 hours of contact time with their primary supervisors and 30 hours with their secondary supervisors.

The University of Cambridge annually publishes a Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding the supervision of PhD students.

Seminars & classes

55 hours per year


Approximately 100 hours per year


120 hours per year


Prior to each short project, students will be required to undertake a literature review. Literature will also be recommended pertaining to the research skills training.

At the end of the MRes, students will conduct a literature review over a month-long period in preparation for the PhD.


Students will present a poster at the end of the year showing the research done during the first short project. MRes students will also present posters at the CDT summer conference on the science and technology of graphene.


Industry-based projects will be made available as part of the training.


Students can expect to receive reports at least termly through CamSIS, the University's online information system. They will receive comments on items of coursework, and will have access to a University supervisor for their dissertation. All students will also have personal access to the course director and the other staff delivering the course.



At the end of the second year of the degree (the first year of the PhD programme), students will be required to submit a report of 10,000 to 15,000 words.

The doctoral dissertation must be submitted by the end of the fourth year (the third year of the PhD programme) and must not exceed 65,000 words. A compulsory viva voce examination will follow the submission of the dissertation.


There are six groups of research skills sessions, each of which will be assessed by a report of up to 2,000 words.

A major component of the degree is the completion of two individual mini-projects, each of which is assessed through a dissertation of up to 8,000 words.

Written examination

The core courses will be assessed by written examination.

Practical assessment

The experiments undertaken during some of the research skills sessions will be assessed during those sessions.


Students who fail the examinable components may be further assessed through a viva voce examination.

Key Information

1+3 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Research in the first instance

Department of Engineering


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
June 28, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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