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

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

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

Applications for entry in our Oct 2023 cohort are now closed. Applications for Oct 2024 will open in September, with the first-round deadline on 1st December 2023 (US applicants, please note the earlier scholarship deadlines on

For information on how to apply please see our website

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.

About the programme

We provide bespoke training in key areas of Nano, translating exploratory nanoscience into impactful technologies and stimulating new interdisciplinary interactions.

The MRes year provides high-quality advanced-level training through: lecture courses, hands-on practicals, and two 8-week and one 13-week experimental projects. This training leads to the selection of an interdisciplinary PhD research project within two research groups in the Departments of: Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Materials, or another relevant department across the University.

A significant element of the MRes training, and beyond, is a focus on innovation and industry engagement, including courses on: Nurturing and Managing Innovation in Science, System Design (aspects of nanomaterials and devices), and opportunities to transition academic research to higher TRL levels and commercial applications through the Translational Prize scheme.

A key overarching research theme in our interdisciplinary research centre is understanding and control of the nano-interfaces connecting complex architectures, we focus on: understanding and measurement of nano-interfaces, controlling nano-interfaces in a scalable manner across size scales, and integrating them into application systems using engineering approaches. In terms of application areas, research within the CDT is clustered into four broad themes:

  • Designer Nanomaterials - DNA origami, 1D/2D nanomaterials, biomimetics, self-assembly, hybrids, MOFs
  • Designer Nanofunctions - quantum, photophysical, electronic, ionic – solid state/ biological, magnetic, plasmonic, optoelectronic, neuromorphic
  • Scale-up and Systems - Nanomanufacturing, cellular manufacturing, sensors /actuators, bioelectronics, IoT, theranostics
  • Frontiers in Nano-Metrology - in-situ nanometrology, electron microscopies, ultrafast photophysics, X-ray, THz, superresolution, modelling
  • Application areas include Energy efficient ICT, Solar, Batteries, Quantum, Catalysis, Waste Utilisation, Biosensing, Targeting of disease, Green manufacturing and many more...
Interdisciplinary MRes+PhD PhD studentships in Nano at the University of Cambridge

Funding Information

Applicants eligible for Home Fees (incl. UK and Irish nationals, and those with settled status): Fully funded UKRI studentships (covering fees + maintenance) are available to all applicants who are accepted to the MRes+PhD.

Applicants eligible for Overseas Fees: All applicants who are accepted to the MRes+PhD will be considered for partial funding (home-level fees and maintenance) from UKRI, 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, Winton Scholarships and other University based scholarships, as well as funding from NanoDTC industry partners.

Further information is available on

Application deadline: 1st round deadline on 1st December 2023.

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