Nanostructured Media, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)


Both these themes encompass our expertise in underlying science and materials for next-generation data storage and information-processing technologies. All international strategies and roadmaps foresee an increasing role for advanced functional materials and optics and optical excitations, particularly in ever-diminishing dimensions. Being able to combine our established strengths in both themes places us in a unique position in the UK and beyond.


The Centre has a full suite of processing and characterisation equipment and operates its own cleanroom and a range of electron, ion and atom microscopes.

There is substantial collaboration with other universities in Europe and beyond and also with companies, from SMEs to major industrial multinationals. These collaborations often involve the exchange of staff and postgraduate students.


Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.


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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


The Centre for Nanostructured Media is housed within the 4,700m² International Research Centre in Experimental Physics (IRCEP). The centre has a strong international reputation for its research in nanoscale materials and photonics generally, but has a particularly notable international profile in ferroelectrics and plasmonics. Our Centre has significant financial support for research from public and private sources.

In 2010 we launched ANSIN, a new advanced materials hub formed with the founding partnership of Seagate Technology (Ireland), who have donated £9m of new processing, characterisation and metrology equipment.

The Centre leads the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Integration & Advanced Data Storage which is run in collaboration with the University of Glasgow.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements


The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 15100 International
  • GBP 4195 EU/EEA


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