Interdisciplinary MRes+PhD PhD studentships in Nano at the University of Cambridge

PhD in Interdisciplinary Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the University of Cambridge

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the University of Cambridge (NanoDTC, invites applications from top-class independent-thinking students for its Interdisciplinary PhD programme in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

The programme (which builds on a previous MRes+PhD format) has been updated for entry to Oct 2024. Please take a look at the new programme details here.

We welcome applicants from across Physical Sciences including: Chemistry, Physics, Materials, and Engineering. Applicants will be shortlisted based on their written applications, taking into account qualifications, aspirations and experience. Final selection will be via an interview process which focusses on candidates’ approach to independent thinking in the physical sciences.

Students completing the programme can go on to careers in industry and academia, and a significant number have also set up their own startups.

About the programme

Our new PhD programme will cover bespoke training in key areas of Nano, translating exploratory nanoscience into impactful technologies and stimulating new interdisciplinary interactions that support our vision.

The first 6 months of the programme provides high-quality advanced-level training through:

  • a new integrated module on Applied Nanoscience, covering lectures, practicals and data analysis on key topics
  • a system integration module covering practical electronics and lab automation techniques
  • two short experimental research projects
  • innovation and entrepreneurship for scientists

At the six month point students will select an interdisciplinary PhD research project from within an extensive list, with two supervisors from two research groups in the Departments of Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Materials or another relevant department across the University.

  • Energy Materials: Photovoltaics, Batteries, Supercapacitors, Electrolysis, CO2 Utilisation, Solar fuels, Photocatalysis
  • Sustainable Nano: Efficient Nano-Assembly, Waste Reforming, Photocatalysis, Circular materials
  • Nano Biotechnologies: DNA/RNA Nanotechnologies, Advanced Intracellular Imaging, Sensing, Targeting of disease
  • Nano electronics / Photonics: 2D Materials, Quantum Technologies, Spintronics, Piezoelectrics, Nanophotonics
Interdisciplinary MRes+PhD PhD studentships in Nano at the University of Cambridge
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Funding Information

Applicants eligible for Home Fees (incl. UK and Irish nationals, and those with settled status): Fully funded studentships (covering fees + maintenance) will be available, sometimes in conjunction with participating departments or Cambridge Trusts Scholarships. Applicants with pre-settled status are expected to qualify for home level fees if they meet the relevant criteria (see link below for full information).

Applicants eligible for Overseas Fees: All applicants who are accepted to the programme will be considered for partial funding (home-level fees and maintenance) from the NanoDTC, and will also be put forward for various additional funding sources for the home-overseas fee difference. Funding offers will normally be made as a full package. The additional funding sources include, but are not limited to competitive scholarship programmes such as the Gates Cambridge Scholarship, Harding Scholarships and other University based scholarships, as well as funding from NanoDTC industry partners.

Further information is available on

Application deadline

1st round deadline: 5th December 2023

2nd round deadline: 4th January 2024

Interviews are planned for mid-late Jan 2024. Shortlisted candidates will be informed by email.

Please look at for more details and contact in case of questions.