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Postgraduate Study

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 application fee if applicable. For further information on application fees, and which courses require an application fee, 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

All applications are considered as they are received (rolling admissions). However, the programme operates internal review dates twice a year, normally from December to February in order to make decisions on offers and to allocate funding. Each year the deadlines to submit applications for consideration in the two internal review rounds are advertised on the NanoDTC website. For entry in Oct 2024, the internal review dates are 5 Dec 2023 and 4 Jan 2024.

Please note that applications are only accepted for Michaelmas term entry.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview by an interdisciplinary panel including senior academics  from participating departments. Interviews will normally be held remotely, and the online interview days will include opportunities to speak to current students. Further details are available on the website.

Any applications received after the internal review deadline dates will be considered but funding opportunities may be limited. Applicants who apply by the internal review deadline dates can expect to receive a decision between late January to February. Some applicants may be put on a waitlist for further consideration after the internal review rounds, should an appropriate project become available. Suitable applicants will be contacted to seek their agreement to be held on the waitlist on the understanding that a decision may only be available by the start of the Easter term.

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 (2500 characters)
  • Research experience (M)

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

You do not need to contact potential supervisors at the application stage. The programme will facilitate the exposure to different research groups in the lead up to the selection of PhD projects.

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Key Information

3-4 Years full-time

4-7 years part-time

Study Mode : Research

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Physics This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2024

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
May 16, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

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

Course Funding Deadline
Jan. 4, 2024
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.

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