We welcome applicants from across the physical sciences including Physics, Chemistry, Materials, and Engineering for our PhD programme. For entry to Oct 2024 we have made some updates to the programme. You can take a look at our planned course details here.

Applications for entry to this new programme for Oct 2024 are now being accepted. Please go here to start your application.

Additional information on deadlines and funding is found elsewhere on this website

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 focuses on candidates’ independent thinking and approach in the physical sciences, in addition to their knowledge, aspirations, and experience.

Please note that we will no longer offer an MRes+PhD format for Oct 2024. The changes we have made to the programme aim to keep the same cohort based approach and breadth of training and PhD selection process, but the changes will allow for more extended research on the main PhD project.

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 nanodtc.admissions@nanodtc.cam.ac.uk.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants should expect to have a first class degree and at least 4 years of training (e.g. a 4 year degree or a 3 year degree plus 1 year of relevant work experience) in a relevant subject before they start the programme in Oct 2024, 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 class degree in their country/institution before applying.

Steps for Applying

1. Complete the application form. You do not need to provide a research proposal with you application.

2. Ensure that your references are submitted by your referees by the funding deadlines. You can check and update details of your referees via the self-service admissions system.

NOTE: If you already started an application for a PhD in Physics before our new NanoDTC application went live, it is fine for you to continue with that one, and email nanodtc.admissions@nanodtc.cam.ac.uk after you have submitted your application indicating you would like to be considered by the NanoDTC.

2024 Admissions Deadline Countdown​

The first and second round deadlines for Oct 2024 entry are now past. Applications for Oct 2025 will open in September.