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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 £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.

Applications are considered for the four-year CDT programme in Computational Methods for Materials Science (MPhil + PhD). Those wishing to pursue the MPhil as a standalone course should apply for the MPhil in Scientific Computing.

All applications are considered as they are received (rolling admissions). However, the CDT operates an internal review date once a year, normally in January to March, in order to make decisions on offers and then to allocate funding. Each year the deadlines to submit applications for consideration in the internal review round are advertised on the Postgraduate Admissions website.

Any applications received after the internal review date will be considered but funding opportunities may be limited. Cohort numbers for the CDT will be capped.

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

Selection Process

Selected candidates will be interviewed by Skype or in person.

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 provide information about your motivation for applying for this course and outline relevant experience and interests.* Please clearly state in the 'Statement of interest' section of the application form that you are interested in the CDT, as well as your choice of research areas. You may list more than one area of research and, if doing so, should indicate your order of preference. Your choice must be identified at this stage so that your application can be forwarded to appropriate supervisors for consideration. It is not necessary to nominate a prospective supervisor although you may do so in this section if you wish.
  • Sample of work (2)
    Please upload any relevant coursework or papers that you have completed. However, please do not upload a thesis.

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

Candidates are encouraged to state why they are interested in the CDT, as well as their preferred choice of research area (this does not have to be highly specific) so that their application can be forwarded to appropriate supervisors for consideration. If a specific supervisor has already been identified, they can be named in this section.

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Key Information


1+3 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Philosophy in the first instance

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

Course – related enquiries

Application – related enquiries

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2021

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

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