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Projects

Students complete 2 Mini Projects of 8 weeks duration and a 13-week Midi Project during their 1st year. These projects are designed to help expand the research horizons of students, before they decide on their PhD topic. The midi project is normally expected to continue on into a PhD.

Mini Projects

    8 weeks length, 5-6 weeks full time equivalent (Dec - Feb and Feb - Apr)
    Exposure to day to day research environment
    Explore new research areas for PhD topic
    Up to 3,000 word report
    Second supervisor from another department
    Test compatability with potential PhD supervisor

Midi Project

    13 weeks length full time (May - Jul)
    Genuine taste of research with decision points
    Good chance of publication
    Test ground for PhD topic / PhD supervisor and Research Group
    Up to 10,000 word report
    Second supervisor from another department

PhD Project Topics

Throughout their 1st year, students are actively speaking to potential PhD supervisors around the University to help define a PhD project that fits their interests as well as the NanoDTC research themes and other requirements. This process is facilitated by the NanoDTC through opportunities to meet people from different groups soon after they start the programme.

The actual choice of PhD projects is made in March - April, from a list of projects that students may have asked potential supervisors to submit, or ones that supervisors might have submitted themselves. These proposals are all vetted by the NanoDTC External Advisory Board for ambition / risk and fit to NanoDTC themes before students choose one project that they are most interested.

Students then flesh out their chosen PhD proposal and defend it in front of a viva panel in July before embarking on their PhD in September.

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Call for Midi+PhD proposals

Dec 20, 2016

The NanoDTC invites Midi+PhD proposals from Cambridge Academics for its 2016 cohort. Submission deadline is 20th Feb 2017.

Admissions for Oct 2017 - 4th Jan Deadline

Dec 15, 2016

We are accepting applications for Oct 2017 entry. The deadline for applications to be considered in the 2nd round is 4th Jan. Please email team@nanodtc.cam.ac.uk if you have questions.

Helmholtz Prize for Nicholas Bell (NanoDTC Alumnus c2009)

Jun 27, 2016

Dr Nicholas Bell along with his PhD Supervisor Prof. Ulrich Keyser has received the 2016 Helmholtz Prize for groundbreaking work on identification and quantification of proteins in complex mixtures using nanopore sensing.

NanoDTC Translational Prize Fellows Selected

Jun 16, 2016

Students Richard Howe, Tarun Vemulkar and Jeroen Verheyen have been selected as the NanoDTC Translational Prize Fellows for 2016-17