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Postgraduate Admissions

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 £75 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.

All successful applicants will be allocated to work on a specific industry-supported project. Applicants are therefore strongly encouraged to examine the list of studentships currently available on the CDT; this list will be updated either until all places have been filled, or until the application deadline, whichever is earlier. Applicants are then encouraged to state  their most-favoured project title and supervisor on the application form.  Applicants who apply without stating a project or supervisor will still be considered, but the issuing of an offer will be dependent on the applicant being allocated to a project (which may or may not have been on the advertised list at the time of application).

In all cases, shortlisted applicants will be invited to a panel interview with the CDT management and relevant industry partners(s).

Potential applicants should also be aware of the CDT's Industry+ scheme. Successful applicants to the Industry+ scheme will spend a year employed by an industry partner prior to starting the MRes. Before submitting their application to Cambridge, students who wish to apply for the Industry+ scheme should contact the CDT for information on how to proceed.

Selection Process

Applications will be considered in batches after the deadline for each advertised project. Applications received before the Graduate Funding Competition deadline will be reviewed and put forward for funding consideration in January, with an expected outcome in April or May. Otherwise, the course team aims to shortlist, interview and provide a decision within 6 weeks of each project deadline. Strong applicants who do not specify a project may receive a long delay in receiving a final outcome as the course team seeks to match them with an appropriate industry-supported project.

Note that it is possible that all places will be filled before the final application deadline. If this occurs, the course entry in the online prospectus will be labelled as "closed".

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

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.

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Key Information


1+3 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Research in the first instance

Department of Engineering

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2022

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
May 16, 2022
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2022

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 2, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.


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