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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.

Please note: part-time study may not always be viable and will be considered on a case-by-case basis, so please discuss this option with your proposed supervisor before making an application for this mode of study.

Selection Process

The department will take into consideration academic results, content of references, and prior relevant research or work experience when deciding whether or not to shortlist a candidate. All shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, usually in person or Skype, before an offer is made; the interview is part of the final selection process. 

Decisions on any conditional offers of admission are made on a rolling basis, although a "gathered field" system may operate for specific studentships, usually those advertised with guaranteed funding.

Applicants should expect to hear whether they have been shortlisted for interview within twelve weeks following the submission of their completed application and required supporting documents.

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.

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
  • Materials Science - Supervisors
  • Research Proposal (M)
    Please provide a statement of your research interests and relevant experience. There is no need to provide a fully worked-up research proposal at this stage, but please include a few sentences on your area(s) of research interest and any experience you have that is relevant.

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.


How to Find a Supervisor

The Department's research activities are summarised here. Prospective applicants are encouraged to make contact with academic staff in their area of interest to discuss the research opportunities available before making an application. You will be asked to identify at least one, and up to four, potential supervisors in your application form.

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Key Information


3-4 years full-time

5-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2021
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2022

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

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2022
Course Starts
April 17, 2022

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

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.

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Oct. 4, 2022
Course Starts
Jan. 5, 2023

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

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Jan. 14, 2023
Course Starts
April 17, 2023

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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