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Mini, Midi and PhD Projects

NanoDTC Mini, Midi and PhD projects are designed to help students develop into truly interdisciplinary researchers who can take on the challenges presented by the continuously evolving field of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

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

The Mini projects are 8 weeks length (Nov - Jan and Feb - Apr), and run alongside other courses that students take during their MRes year. These projects give students an exposure to day to day research environment, and also help them explore new research areas that they have not worked in previously.

Midi Project

The Midi project is 13 weeks (May - Jul) and helps students test the ground with their PhD topic / PhD supervisor and Research Group before committing to doing their PhD in that area. Most students tend to continue on from their Midi to PhD in the same group.

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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Midi+PhD Project Proposals from Cambridge Academics

Dec 19, 2018

We are now accepting project proposals for Midi (May-Jul 2019) + PhD projects (starting Oct 2019) for our c2018 students. Deadline 18 Feb.

NanoDTC student paper published in Nature Comms

Dec 07, 2018

c2013 student Jasmine Rivett was the first author on the recent paper, “Long-lived polarization memory in the electronic states of lead-halide perovskites from local structural dynamics” in Nature Communications.

Applications for Oct 2019 entry

Nov 15, 2018

We are now accepting applications for entry in Oct 2019. The deadline to be considered for the 1st round of shortlisting is 5th Dec 2018.

Black researchers shaping the future

Oct 13, 2018

As the UK marks Black History Month, researchers from across the University talk about their route to Cambridge, their inspiration and their motivation.