MRes + PhD On Campus

Sensor Technologies and Applications

University of Cambridge

48 months
32352 GBP/year
8844 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Sensor Technologies and Applications course from The University of Cambridge, is aimed at students with backgrounds in natural sciences, technology, mathematics or medicine and a proven interest in sensing. 


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.

Learning Outcomes

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

Programme Structure


  • 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.

  • Essays

 Some of the specialisation modules may be assessed through written coursework submissions and others through a combination of coursework and written examination.

  • Written examination

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Two academic references 
  • Transcript 
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English 
  • Statement of interest

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    32352 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32352 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    8844 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8844 GBP per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 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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