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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Sensor Technologies and Applications is no longer accepting new applications.

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal. There, you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and you can also request your references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the £70 application fee. Further information on application fees see here.
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Selection Process

Sensor CDT studentships

Following the application deadlines published on the Sensor CDT website, applications are considered as part of a gathered field. We aim to interview shortlisted candidates within four weeks from the application deadline.

Interviews will take place in Cambridge or by videoconference.

The deadline for the first round of applications will be in early January with interviews of shortlisted candidates scheduled for January and February. If places remain unfilled after the first round further application rounds will be opened and deadlines published on the Sensor CDT website.

Industry-sponsored studentships

We may, in addition, advertise specific industry-funded projects on the Sensor CDT website with separate application deadlines. After the successful completion of their MRes, students who are recruited through a specific industry-sponsored studentship are expected to carry out their PhD project in accordance with the project description.

Further information on How To Apply


Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Statement of interest (1500 characters)
    Please tell us why you are interested in this course. What motivates you to pursue a research degree in sensor technologies for a healthy and sustainable future?

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.

Key Information


1+3 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Research in the first instance

Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Course – related enquiries

Application – related enquiries

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
June 30, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.


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