Multidisciplinary MRes + PhD (4 years) in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

NanoDTC, University of Cambridge
September 21 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

University of Cambridge - EPSRC CDT 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 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.

About NanoDTC

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

Programme Details

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 EU and overseas students may also be available through competitive scholarships offered by Cambridge Trusts, Gates and other similar organisations.

Further Information

Applicants should have, or be expecting to graduate with, the equivalent of a high UK three-year bachelor's (honours) degree (equivalent to a UK First class honours (1st) or a UK Second class honours, upper division (2.i) in a relevant science or engineering discipline). All applicants with non-UK qualifications should see ( to find out what grades and degrees they need to have achieved in order to meet the equivalent academic entry requirements. Applicants should have an interest in innovation, nanoscience and nanotechnology, and be motivated to work across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

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