We welcome applicants from across Physical Sciences including Physics, Chemistry, Materials and Engineering for our MRes+PhD programme. Please read more about the Course Details and information on Funding before applying.

Applications for entry in Oct 2021 are now open. The first round deadline is on 3rd Dec. Please apply using the Cambridge Graduate Application portal here.

Applicants will be shortlisted based on their written applications, taking into account qualifications, aspirations and experience. Final selection is done via an interview process which focusses on candidates’ independent thinking approach in physical sciences, in addition to their knowledge, aspirations and experience.

The University requirement for entry into the 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 at least 4 years of training in a relevant subject before they start the programme, along with some research experience as part of their degree courses or otherwise.

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

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

For questions relating to the formal application procedure and other general admissions queries, please contact the Physics Graduate Admissions team: admissions@phy.cam.ac.uk

For questions not answered on our website, please contact Kim Cole.

Steps for applying

1. Please make sure you read the graduate prospectus entry for the NanoDTC and the Application Notes carefully before completing your application.

2. Complete the online application and upload your CV and transcript. Please note that your references also need to be submitted before your application can be evaluated.

3. Email us 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 and CV with your confirmation email.

Application Fee Waivers

Application fee waivers are available to: 
1. UK Applicants From Low Income Households
2. Applicants With Asylum Seeker or Refugee Status
Further information on application fee waivers is available here. Applicants from eligible low income countries will automatically receive a fee waiver at the time of application.

1st Round Deadline Countdown

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The first round deadline for Oct 2021 entry is now past. The 2nd round deadline is on 4th Jan 2021.