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 in 2020.

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.

Worth of Award

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.


  • They 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.
  • Applicants should or be expecting to graduate with a high degree (equivalent to First class honours (1st) or Second class honours, upper-division (2.i) in a relevant science or engineering discipline.
  • Applicants should have an interest in innovation, nanoscience and nanotechnology, and be motivated to work across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

How to Apply

  • Applications for NanoDTC MRes + PhD programme should be made through the online Graduate Application Portal for Cambridge University.
  • Please quote reference KA20627 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Deadline: Apply by  December 3, 2019, to be considered in the first round of shortlisting. A further deadline is also available on 7th Jan 2020, but applications by the December deadline are strongly encouraged. 


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