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Materials Science, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #3 (WUR) Cambridge, United Kingdom
Students are initially registered for a ‘Probationary PhD’. During their first year they must pass assessment tests for two of the in-depth courses (some of which are shared with other degree courses) offered by the Department. They must also give a short research presentation towards the end of their first year of study, and in their second year prepare a poster on their research results.
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Overview

Between 30 and 40 students are admitted to PhD studies in Materials Science each academic year. The majority begin their studies in October but a small number are admitted in January and April.

Students should have achieved at least an upper second honours degree prior to admission in a four year Master’s level qualification (or overseas equivalent). The department will take into consideration academic results, content of references, and prior relevant research or work experience when deciding whether or not to offer a place. Applicants should identify potential supervisors, and provide a short project description, in section A(12) of the GradSAF, so that their papers can be considered by appropriate members of the academic staff. Candidates will be interviewed by telephone or Skype. It is important to note that limitations on space and the equipment and research facilities available mean that we cannot always make an offer, even to a well-qualified applicant.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 60 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Research Projects

Illustrative PhD research themes/projects are listed to the right.  Prospective applicants are welcome to make contact with academic staff to discuss the research opportunities available.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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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

    23889 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23889 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7362 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7362 GBP per year and a duration of 36 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.

Funding

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