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Graduate Admissions


The EPSRC CDT in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NanoDTC) at the University of Cambridge invites applications from top-class independent-thinking students for its multidisciplinary MRes + PhD programme in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology starting in October 2018. We welcome applicants from across Physical Sciences including Chemistry, Physics, Materials and Engineering. Entry into this prestigious programme is very competitive, and will take into account qualifications, aspirations and experience.

The focus of this EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training is on Assembly of Functional Nanomaterials and Nanodevices, working from Nano Science through Engineering to Applications, with a view to realising scalable nanomaterials and nanodevices. Research in the centre is aligned along four themes: Energy Materials, Sustainable Nano, Nano Biotechnologies and Nanoelectronics/Photonics:

  • Energy Materials: Photovoltaics, Batteries, Photocatalysis of H2O, Solar fuels, Supercapacitors

  • Sustainable Nanomaterials: Functional Nanomaterials, Green Processes, Efficient Nano-Assembly

  • Nano Biotechnologies: Cellular Imaging, Sensing, Targeting of disease, Microfluidics, Scaffolds

  • Nano electronics / Photonics: Graphene, Organic electronics, Spintronics, Piezoelectrics, Nanophotonics

Students joining this 4-year programme will undergo thorough training in all aspects of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (through lectures, lab practicals and short projects) during their 1st year, before embarking on a PhD project designed by them in collaboration with supervisors of their choice, from a nearly a hundred Nano research groups around the University for a further three years, with second supervisors from another department.

An important component of the programme is exposure to innovation and business courses including the custom-designed course on Nurturing and Managing Innovation, and through programmed sessions with partner Nanotechnology companies. Extensive feedback is provided to students throughout the programme, on not only their research skills, but also on other aspects such as science communication, business management and other important professional skills, leading to the students emerging as well rounded individuals at the end of their course, capable of leadership in their chosen field.

The cohort of around 10 PhD students a year continues to interact closely together throughout the whole PhD programme, and also has an opportunity to interact with the wider NanoDTC network of over 500 students and academics in Cambridge, making the programme an enriching experience. Funding is provided to students to attend international conferences also.

Full funding is available for UK students and EU students resident in the UK for the past 3 years. Funding for exceptional EU and overseas students may also available. Applicants should or be expecting to graduate with a high degree (equivalent to a First class honours (1st) or Second class honours, upper division (2.i) in a relevant science or engineering discipline. International applicants should visit to find out what grades they need to have.

Applicants should have an interest in innovation, nanoscience and nanotechnology, and be motivated to work across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Applications for NanoDTC MRes + PhD programme should be made through the online Graduate Application Portal for Cambridge University. Please read the graduate prospectus entry for the NanoDTC and the application guide carefully before completing your application. Please visit for more information and contact in case of questions.

Apply by 3rd Dec 2019 to be considered in our first round of shortlisting. A further deadline is also available on 7th Jan 2020, but applications by the Dec deadline are strongly encouraged. See for most up-to-date information.

More information about the Centre and how to apply: Enquiries to

Please quote reference KA20627 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Key Information

Department of Physics

Reference: KA20627

Dates and deadlines:

Tuesday, 10 September, 2019
Closing Date
Tuesday, 3 December, 2019