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EPSRC CDT MRes + PhD (1+3) in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (NanoDTC)

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. 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.

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.

1st Year Programme

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

Research Themes

Energy Materials

  • Photovoltaics,
  • Batteries
  • Photocatalysis of H2O
  • Solar fuels
  • Supercapacitors

Sustainable Nano

  • Functional Nanomaterials
  • Green Processes
  • Efficient Nano-Assembly

Nano Bio Technologies

  • Cellular Imaging
  • Sensing
  • Targeting of disease
  • Microfluidics
  • Scaffolds

Nano electronics / Photonics

  • Graphene
  • Organic electronics
  • Spintronics
  • Piezoelectrics
  • Nanophotonics

More than 150 world class Academics across Cambridge to choose from as PhD supervisors, including:

Prof. Jeremy Baumberg (FRS), Prof. Ulrich Keyser, Dr. Erwin Reisner, Dr. Cate Ducati, Dr. Stephan Hofmann, Prof. Clare Grey (FRS), Prof. Sir Richard Friend (FRS), Prof. Henning Sirringhaus, Prof. Oren Scherman, Dr. Michael de Volder, Dr. Ronan Daly, Prof. Chris Abell, Prof. Tuomas Knowles, Prof. Judith Driscoll, Prof. Clemens Kaminski, Prof. Russell Cowburn (FRS), Prof. David Ritchie, Dr. Paul Barker, Dr. Sohini Kar-Narayan, Dr. Silvia Vignolini, Dr. Hannah Joyce, and many more…

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 see this link 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 7th Dec 2016 to be considered in our shortlisting.

Further deadlines also available until June 2017 - see for most up-to-date information.

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