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Nanoscience and Nanotechnology /EPSRC CDT MRes, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #3 (WUR) Cambridge, United Kingdom
The PhD programme is based on courses, practicals and projects in Year 1 before selection of an interdisciplinary PhD topic for research in Years 2-4 in a Nano group within Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Materials or another department. 
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During the first year students study for the MRes degree in Physical Sciences (Nanoscience and Nanotechnology) by following a number of courses:

Science Courses

A wide range of core science courses are offered to prepare students for interdisciplinary research in nanoscience and nanotechnology, many of which are offered jointly with the MPhil in Micro- & Nanotechnology Enterprise. Topics covered in the 2018-19 academic year include:

  • Characterization techniques                                                         
  • Nanofabrication techniques                                                          
  • Nano self-assembly / soft matter                                                                  
  • Physics at the nanometre-scale                                                    
  • Bionanotechnology  
  • Nanochemistry  
  • Nanomaterials  

Business and Transferable Skills Courses

These include:

  • Science Communication in Media, Business and Research
  • Societal & Ethical Dimensions of Micro and Nanotechnology
  • Nurturing and Managing Innovation, focusing on commercialisation of early stage technologies

Transferable skills training is a vital part of the NanoDTC programme. Besides specific courses in this area we organise team building events, give students opportunities to get involved with public outreach, interact with our industrial partners.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure


In the MRes year, students will undertake:

  • core courses in collaboration with the existing MPhil in Micro & Nanotechnology Enterprise (MNTE) (two unseen written examination papers)

  • practicals (around 30, hands-on in small groups) to learn additional skills in disciplines outside their 1st degree, directly making and characterising nanomaterials and devices. Assessed based on attendance and combined supervisor’s partial marks.

  • Enterprise components in conjunction with the Judge Business School which includes consultancy project with a nano-related company

  • 2x 2-month and 1x 3-month interdisciplinary mini-/midi-projects to broaden students’ experience and peer networks, and aid final PhD project selection. Assessed as a portfolio of project reports.

  • Science Communication courses (in business, media and research) and other transferrable skills training

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • 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

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Academic References
  • Transcripts
  • Research Proposal
  • Gates Cambridge References
  • Funding Letter
  • Evidence of Competence in English
  • GRE Scores
  • CV/Resumé
  • Written Work

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27828 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27828 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8337 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8337 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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


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