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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology is no longer accepting new applications.

Funding Opportunities

Fully funded EPSRC studentships (home rate fees + maintenance) are normally available to students who are accepted on this MRes+PhD programme. For students with Overseas fee status, additional funds will need to be secured to provide the fee difference. This is normally through scholarships provided by the Cambridge Trusts or other institutions.  Please visit our website for further information.

A number of additional funding sources are available to students who are accepted on the programme. These include, but are not limited to competitive scholarship programmes such as the Gates Cambridge Scholarship and other University based scholarships, as well as full or partial funding From NanoDTC industry partners. No separate application is normally needed for these scholarships, but applicants must tick the relevant boxes and provide relevant information on their application for admission.

Other external scholarships (which require a separate application) include:

- The Schlumberger Faculty for the Future programme for Women from developing countries. More details are here. The deadline for this is normally in early November 

- The Commonwealth Scholarship for applicants from Commonwealth countries – country-wise details are available here.

- The Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund (CCSF)  for applications by Canadian students pursuing full-time, multi-year postgraduate programmes in any field of study in the United Kingdom. More details are here.

General Funding Opportunities


Fees and Maintenance

My fee status is:

I shall have the following financial dependants:

Your Estimated Annual Commitment:


Component Cost
University Composition Fee £9,111
Maintenance £15,250
Total Annual Commitment £24,361
Component Cost
University Composition Fee £9,111
Maintenance £15,250
Total Annual Commitment £24,361

Please note that fees shown for the PhD portion of the course are an estimate based on the current PhD fee. Fees applicable to your year of entry to the PhD have not yet been confirmed, but are likely to be 5% higher than the estimate presented.

A number of costs for the common CDT programme can be covered by the Nano Doctoral Training Centre (NanoDTC), which may include access to facilities, books, IT, bespoke training, and some travel for conferences and summer schools.

Additional costs may be incurred in relation to PhD research, bespoke to the individual student and project. These could also include equipment, books, IT, photocopying, bespoke training, and travel/accommodation for collaborations and conferences. Supervisors are often able to cover these costs, or partially contribute to these costs, depending on the financial resources available. Where not possible, or where research related costs are not specifically included in a stipend, or if students are self-funded, students will usually be expected to find additional funding elsewhere before accepting an offer or signing the Financial Undertaking Form.

Key Information


1+3 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Research in the first instance

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:

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
Jan. 6, 2022
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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