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Nanotechnology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students

We have 83 Nanotechnology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for UK Students

A PhD in Nanotechnology is a 3-4 year research programme where you will be working with a supervisor to research, design and develop new applications of Nanomaterials.

What's it like to study a PhD in Nanotechnology?

As nanotechnology becomes more and more popular in industry, you may find that many universities specialise in certain fields of Nanotechnology, such as Biomedical and Materials Engineering.

Possible research areas include:

  • Nanocatalysis and energy storage
  • Nanomaterials for solar energy and water remediation
  • Nanoparticles for biomedical imaging and therapeutics
  • Using nanomaterials in advanced materials

You may also choose to study aspects of Nanotechnology that form the basis of wider research in the field, such as quantum physics.

Most PhD programmes in Nanotechnology will require you to complete a thesis, which you'll be required to submit by the end of your programme. You may also be required to give occasional departmental presentations on your research.

You may also choose to do a Masters to prepare for a PhD in Nanotechnology, though this is generally not required.

Like other STEM subjects, PhDs in Nanotechnology are advertised with a required proficiency level in certain subjects. You may be required to show that you have the required knowledge level before you can be accepted onto a programme.

Most PhDs in Nanotechnology are advertised with a proficiency level in certain subjects.

PhD in Nanotechnology entry requirements

The entry requirements for a PhD in Nanotechnology will usually require you to have a Masters degree with a Merit or Distinction, or a 2.1 undergraduate degree, with a specialisation in the field of research of the programme.

Some programmes may ask you to submit a research proposal before you can be considered for admission, though this is quite rare.

PhD in Nanotechnology funding options

Depending on where you study, you may be able to access government loans or you may be eligible for certain grants. You can also apply for Research Council studentships which provide tuition fee waivers and monthly stipends. You may also choose to self-fund your study.

PhD in Nanotechnology careers

There are many career opportunities available for you with a PhD in Nanotechnology. You can work in diverse fields such as Biomedical Engineering and Materials Engineering.

You may also choose to continue your research through a postdoc or go into academia.

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Development of a wafer-scale graphene MEMS manufacturing process

Graphene is the ideal membrane material for micro/nano electromechanical systems (M/NEMS) due to its high stiffness and strength, high elasticity, high electrical and thermal conductivity and low areal mass. Read more

New electrode materials for ultra-high power energy storage

Supervisory Team:  Andrew Hector and Nuria Garcia-Araez. Project description. This project will contribute to a major Ministry of Defence (MoD) research programme as part of a MoD/EPSRC Energy Transfer Technology Skills and Training (S&T) Hub. Read more

Coupling of fluid flow with multiple physics

Prof. Xuerui Mao’s research group at Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) is recruiting a PHD student on simulation or experiments of complex fluid flow coupled with multiple physics, with potential topics depending on the expertise and interest of the candidate. Read more

London-Singapore : Nanotechnology strategies for the assembly of 2D nanohybrid materials into static and stimuli-responsive devices

This is a 3.5-year programme with years 1 and 4 at QMUL and years 2 and 3 in Singapore at the A*STAR research institute. Only applicants eligible for home fees or applicants who hold indefinite leave to remain will be considered for this project. Read more

Thin film materials and processes for p-type flexible electronics

A PhD studentship is available for the development of p-type flexible thin film transistor technology. This student will focus of the development of thin film materials and device fabrication processes. Read more


The Dulin lab offers one fully funded PhD position for 4 years to start as soon as possible in the field of in vitro single-molecule biophysics to investigate the regulation of SARS-CoV-2 replication and transcription. Read more

Discover the Max Planck School of Photonics - scholarships available

The Max Planck School of Photonics (MPSP) is a top tier interdisciplinary graduate school in Germany that provides an integrated MSc and PhD program (or PhD only) in Photonics for excellent graduates from all over the world. Read more

Development of integrated microfluidic chips for making mRNA nanomedicines

Project. Recent mRNA vaccine success has heralded a new era of RNA nanomedicines. We are pleased to announce a fully funded PhD position with a scholarship focused on the development of integrated microfluidic chips for making mRNA nanomedicines. Read more

Optical monitor for gas leaks in renewable energy transportation and storage PhD

Be part of the energy revolution by joining our PhD programme in optical sensors. As the market for renewable energy increases, energy storage and transport will make increasing use of a new generation of liquefied gases. Read more

Development of RF MEMS for 6G communication

Supervisory Team:  Kees de Groot & Harold Chong. Project description. Applications are invited for this prestigious 3.5-year Industrial PhD studentship to work on an exciting collaboration between Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton and Analog Devices Inc. Read more

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