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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 2019 are now open. The submission deadline is 5th Dec 2018.

Please note that the University's ability to offer this course in 2019/20 depends on funding decisions scheduled to be made by the UK Research funding council in December 2018 for all CDTs seeking renewal. If the course is not offered, then either your application fee will be refunded, as well as travel expenses to attend for interview, or (with your consent) your application may be transferred to another course.

Please start your online Graduate Application by clicking here.

We normally offer full funding (fees + maintenance) to UK (Home) students who we accept on to our MRes+PhD programme. However, our funding this year is subject to us receiving support from the UK research councils, which will be confirmed later this year.

A large number of other funding sources are also available to EU, Overseas and UK students.  These include, but are not limited to 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.

Women from developing countries are also encouraged to apply for the Schlumberger Faculty for the Future programme, the deadline for which is 7th Nov 2018.

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 10th October 2018. 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 1st October 2018. 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. Complete the online application and upload your transcript by 5th Dec 2018. Please note that your references also need to be submitted by your referees by this date. 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:

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