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We welcome applicants from across Physical Sciences including Chemistry, Physics, Materials and Engineering. Entry into this prestigious programme is competitive, and will take into account qualifications, aspirations and experience.

The University requirement for entry into a PhD programme is a II.1, but most students who are offered admission on the NanoDTC usually have a first. International applicants should refer to this link to find out what grades they need to have.

Applications for NanoDTC MRes + PhD programme should be made through the standard 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.

We do not offer the MRes or PhD components as standalone programmes.

Applications for Oct 2018 entry are now open. The submission deadline is 6th Dec 2017.

Please start your online Graduate Application by clicking here.

We normally offer full funding (fees + maintenance) to students who we accept on to our MRes+PhD programme. While most of our funding is limited for UK students or EU students who have lived in the UK for 3 years preceding the course start date, we are able to support exceptional overseas and EU students through competitive scholarship programmes such as the Gates Cambridge Scholarship and other University based scholarships. No separate application is normally needed for these scholarships, you simply need to tick the relevant boxes on your main application for admission.

Application deadlines for US citizens interested in applying for the Gates Scholarship is earlier than our standard deadline of 6th Dec. US citizens can still be eligible for other University based scholarships if they apply by the Dec deadline.

Gates Cambridge Scholarship Application Deadline for US Citizens: Please note that the application deadline for US citizens to be eligible for the Gates Scholarship is 11th October 2017. This means that the completed application along with references and other supporting documents should be received by us by this date.

In addition to University based scholarships, US citizens might also consider consider applying for a Marshall Scholarship , the deadline for which is 2nd October 2017. Please note that the Marshall Scholarship will have to be used in conjunction with other scholarships from the University or other sources as Marshall funding is normally available only for two years.

Steps for applying:

1. Read the NanoDTC application guide carefully

2. Complete the online application and upload your transcript by 6th Dec 2017. Please note that your references also need to be submitted by your referees by this date.

3. Email once you have submitted your application so that we can look out for it at busy times. Save a pdf copy of your application form (only pages 1-4) and include this, your transcript with your confirmation email. If you studied at non-UK Universities, we encourage you to include a copy of your CV as well.

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