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MRes + PhD Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

 Course Level
Integrated PG- PhD Program
Full Time

4 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

34979 GBP
21297 GBP
21647 GBP

Application fee

International 50 GBP
National 50 GBP
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)7.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)100
GMAT (avg)600

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About this course

The PhD programme is based on courses, practicals and projects in Year 1 before selection of an interdisciplinary PhD topic for research in Years 2-4 in a Nano group within Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Materials or another department. 

During the first year students study for the MRes degree by following a number of courses:

Science Courses

A highlight of scientific training at the NanoDTC is the Nano Self-Assembly course, which is unique in its scope as well as the way it is delivered. The Nano Self-Assembly course has been specifically developed for the NanoDTC, introducing flagship ideas and science related to the Centre’s theme.

Other Science Courses are offered jointly with the MPhil in Micro- & Nanotechnology Enterprise.

Business and Transferable Skills Courses

These include:

  • Science Communication in Media, Business and Research
  • Societal & Ethical Dimensions of Micro and Nanotechnology
  • Nurturing and Managing Innovation, focusing on commercialisation of early stage technologies

Transferable skills training is a vital part of the NanoDTC programme. Besides specific courses in this area we organise team building events, give students opportunities to get involved with public outreach, interact with our industrial partners.


Currently students perform more than 30 practicals over an 8 week period. These practicals are performed in small groups of 3 students providing opportunity for hands-on training in a diverse range of techniques.


Students complete 2 MiniProjects of 8 weeks duration and a longer 13 week MidiProject which may continue on into their PhD.

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Eligibility Criteria

Graduate work in Cambridge is intense and very intellectually demanding and so the University has high academic entry requirements. Academic requirements will vary from course to course, and you should check the individual course entry in the course directory for the course specific requirements. You are normally expected to hold or to have achieved by the start of your course:

At least a 2i honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard from an overseas university; and
Completion of, or release from, any current training or education course.
A directory on international qualifications that meet the University's minimum academic requirement may be found in the International section of our website.

Applicants should be aware that meeting the University’s or Department’s minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry; it is only one of the factors taken into account when selectors make their decision. Many other factors are also important, such as: suitability for the course, proficiency in English, relevant experience, references, availability of a suitable supervisor, and the ratio of available places.

English language requirement:

  • IELTS: 7
  • TOEFL-IBT: 100

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Course Modules

By the end of the PhD programme, students will have:

  • attended a minimum of 80 hours of lectures in degree-level topics to complement their own strengths and knowledge base upon entry, gaining a broad overview and specific knowledge of nano-science, shared across the whole cohort;
  • learned additional skills and disciplines outside of their first degree subject;
  • developed a full interdisciplinary PhD proposal they can defend in an oral examination and, if successful, embark on their second year at the CDT;
  • gained an understanding and command of laboratory methods and techniques relevant for research in the nano area; knowing the advantages and shortcomings of each method;
  • gained an understanding of the enterprise landscape relating to nano-innovation;
  • developed a good transferrable skills base, including science communication skills, as well as a sound grasp of safety and ethics in research;
  • learned to work effectively in teams as well as individually;
  • developed a full interdisciplinary PhD thesis they can defend in an oral examination and, if successful, graduate with a PhD.

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How to Apply

The Apply Online button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal, where you can create and submit your application, and request references.

An application is only complete when:

  • you have submitted your application via the Applicant Portal and paid the £50 application fee
  • you have uploaded the required supporting documents via the Applicant Self-Service
  • your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Before applying formally, students should contact individual PIs at the Metabolic Research Laboratories whose work interests them, to enlist their support for the application. Only applications supported by an MRL PI will be considered.  Applications are considered throughout the year on a rolling basis.

Offers made to places on this course are conditional on clearing any security checks the University deems necessary. Security checks are routinely required for all individuals involved in research activities that include working with sensitive information; working with children and vulnerable adults; working with live animals or with tissues supplied from live animals or working in an environment in which such work is pursued by others; working with dangerous pathogens or in a category 3 containment laboratory; or working with some other sensitive technologies. Where necessary the University will ensure that applicants are not disproportionately impacted by the requirement for any security checks by allowing new students to take up places and start appropriate areas of their work prior to a check in other areas being completed.

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