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We welcome applicants from across Physical Sciences including Physics, Chemistry, 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 3 year degree with a II.1, but most students who are offered admission on the NanoDTC usually have a first class degree with atleast 4 years of training in a relevant subject before they start the programme, along with some research experience.

International applicants should refer to this link to find out the equivalent of a first in their country/institution.

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 entry in Oct 2020 are now open. The deadline for the 3rd review round is 17th Feb 2020.

Please start your online Graduate Application by clicking here .


Full funding (fees + maintenance) EPSRC studentships are normally available to UK students who are accepted on to our MRes+PhD programme.

A large number of additional funding sources are available to EU, Overseas and UK students, the deadline for applying for which is in early January (now past for Oct 2020 entry). These include, but are not limited to competitive scholarship programmes such as the Gates Cambridge Scholarship and other University based scholarships, as well as full or partial funding From NanoDTC industry partners. No separate application is normally needed for these scholarships, but you must tick the relevant boxes on your main application for admission, even if you don't provide any supporting reasons in the space provided.

Women from developing countries are also encouraged to apply for the Schlumberger Faculty for the Future programme, the deadline for which is 4th Nov 2019.

Applicants from Commonwealth countries  are also encouraged to apply to the Commonwealth Scholarship – country-wide details are available on .

US citizens interested in applying for the Gates Scholarship must do so by 9th October 2019. This means that the completed application along with references and other supporting documents should be received by us by this date. US citizens can still be eligible for other University based scholarships if they apply by the Dec/Jan deadlines.

In addition to University based scholarships, US citizens might also consider consider applying for a Marshall Scholarship , the deadline for which is 30 September 2019. 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.

Application Fee waivers

Application fee waivers are available to:
1. UK Applicants From Low Income Households
2. Applicants With Asylum Seeker or Refugee Status
Applicants should request the fee waiver by 31 Oct. See
Applicants from eligible low income countries will automatically receive a fee waiver at the time of application.

Steps for applying

1. Complete the online application and upload your transcript. Please note that your references also need to be submitted before your application can be evaluated. Please make sure you read the NanoDTC application guide before completing your application

2. 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 1-3) and include this, your transcript and CV with your confirmation email.


For questions not answered above or elsewhere on our website, please contact

For questions relating to the formal application procedure and other general admissions queries, please contact the Physics Graduate Admissions team: