Applications for entry to the programme starting Oct 2025 will open in September 2024.

We welcome applicants from across the physical sciences including Physics, Chemistry, Materials, and Engineering for our PhD programme. For entry to Oct 2025 we have made some updates to the programme. 

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:
As of the academic year starting Oct 2024, we will no longer offer an MRes+PhD (1+3) format. You can take a look at our planned course details here. 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:

For questions not answered on our website, please contact

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 2025, 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 after you have submitted your application indicating you would like to be considered by the NanoDTC.

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