The Sensor Technologies and Applications course from The University of Cambridg is structured in two phases: a one-year MRes course followed by a three-year PhD research programme.
The MRes phase consists of a combination of taught and research modules aimed at teaching students the technical and transferable skills required to carry out original research in the area of sensing and to become future leaders in sensor technologies for a healthy and sustainable future.
The PhD projects will allow students to become experts in their specific fields. Continuing interdisciplinary research activities during the PhD phase, such as workshops and seminars, will foster collaboration across discipline boundaries and provide a peer network. Other opportunities during the PhD phase include entrepreneurship, outreach and industry placements.
The course aims to cover the full breadth of topics that encompass modern sensor research, including physical and biological concepts of sensing, sensor technologies, sensor-design principles, sensor networks, processing of sensory data, and sensor applications in the areas of healthcare and sustainable environments, society and economies.
In particular, the MRes and PhD parts of the course are designed to develop the following broad themes:
- Fundamentals of sensors and networked sensor systems, with special emphasis on sensor-fabrication, technology, electronics, and communications
- Concepts of, strategies for, and research skills in sensor-based device fabrication, system design and characterisation
- Hands-on research experience via University-based lab rotations, a sensor design project, and a mini research project, together with a sensor team challenge for the whole cohort, often set in collaboration with the industrial partners
- Concepts of responsible research and innovation
- Aspects of business, innovation, technology development and entrepreneurship
- Specialist know-how in the student's chosen PhD research area combined with cross-disciplinary knowledge
- Effective communication skills across academic and industrial sensor research and development
- Thesis / Dissertation
For students who carry on to the PhD, a thesis must be submitted and will be assessed via an oral examination with an internal and an external examiner.
Some of the specialisation modules may be assessed through written coursework submissions and others through a combination of coursework and written examination.
- Written examination
- 48 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesMaterials Science & Engineering Informatics & Information Sciences General Engineering & Technology View 19 other PhDs in Materials Science & Engineering in United Kingdom
- Two academic references
- Evidence of competence in English
- Statement of interest
International32352 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 32352 GBP per year during 48 months.
National8844 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 8844 GBP per year during 48 months.
Living costs for Cambridge
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
Due for update
Updated over a year ago
Check the official programme website for potential updates.