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Graphene NowNano, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #27 (QS) Manchester, United Kingdom
Graphene NOWNANO offers you an opportunity to join the select group of students working with some of the world’s leading scientists on two-dimensional materials, including graphene – the 21st century’s wonder material.
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It is a unique Centre for Doctoral Training run by specialist academics and working alongside more than 120 graphene researchers at The University of Manchester, in partnership with Lancaster University. 

Funded by EPSRC, the four-year course will enable you to develop knowledge and skills necessary to drive research and innovation in the field of nanomaterials in your future career, while contributing to the pioneering research at Manchester and Lancaster during your PhD.

PhD students enrolled on the Graphene NOWNANO programme receive initial state-of-the-art training in fundamentals of graphene and 2D materials, their applications, and key techniques. 

The 6-month training is followed by a three and a half year research project that students select from up to 40 available projects in 30+ top-rated research groups across nine disciplines/university departments (Experimental and Theoretical Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Pharmacy, Biomaterials, Medicine). 

Academic research within the CDT will be complemented by direct engagement with a network of industrial and academic partners.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research in the science of graphene/2D materials and their wide-ranging applications.
  • 6-month training in fundamentals of 2D materials and core research techniques, including 2 mini-projects in a choice of labs.
  • 3 ½ year research project in state-of-the-art interdisciplinary nanoscience laboratories.
  • Enterprise training.
  • Industrial and/or international experience via secondments to our industrial and academic partners.
  • Choice of experimental, theoretical and computational projects. Topics include:
  • Fundamental science of graphene and other two-dimensional materials
  • Experimental and theoretical physics of nanodevices based on 2D materials;
  • 2D heterostructures: materials on demand;
  • Synthesis, fabrication, characterisation and modelling of 2D materials;
  • Applications of graphene and other 2D materials in electronics, photonics, electrochemistry, composites, spintronics, filtration and separation, drug delivery, regenerative medicine and other areas.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Please apply online. As part of your application you will need to provide the following documents:

  • CV
  • Degree Certificates and Transcripts (if you have not completed your degree please include an interim transcript)
  • Details of two academic referees
  • A statement of purpose describing why you wish to be admitted to the Graphene NOWNANO CDT programme (500 words max)
  • English Language certificate i.e. IELTS (only required if English is not your first language).

In addition; if you are an overseas student we will also require:

  • Proof of funding if you are self-funded or government sponsored

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Manchester

  • 645 - 1200 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • Fully funded places are available to UK and EU nationals resident in the UK for >3 years. A small number of funded places are also available to EU nationals not currently resident in the UK.
  • International students are welcome to apply on a self-funded basis (if recipient of external scholarships covering the full costs).

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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