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Kate Sanders; First degree - Chemistry, University College London; PhD Topic: Heirarchical Nanoparticle Structures (Institute for Manufacturing/Chemical Engineering)

"The first thing that struck me about the NanoDTC was how welcoming and easy to talk to everyone was! The community is incredibly supportive – not only in terms of collaborative research, but also for personal development as you grow as a researcher. The MRes year provides a solid foundation from which to choose a PhD topic, involving hands-on practicals, rotation projects, and taught courses, including a business module. After starting your PhD, you can still look forward to taking part in NanoDTC talks, conferences and events to exchange research progress and inspire new ideas. Additionally, the program encourages students at all stages of study to interact with industry, including visiting both established technology companies and start-ups. This has helped me decide to continue research after my PhD, with a view to commercialisation."

Kate Sanders (April 2020)

Bluebell Drummond; First degree - Physics, University of Manchester; PhD Topic: Flipping spins with molecular machines (Physics/Chemistry)

"The outcome I most value about the NanoDTC so far is the ability it has given me to engage with so many different areas of science that before I knew nothing about. This scope is possible thanks to the range of interdisciplinary courses during the MRes year and then the continued exposure to new areas of research across through the university-wide, and now national, NanoDTC community. Whether I decide to stay in academic or industrial research, or move into consulting or business, having a broad understanding of state-of-the-art science, in addition to the niche expertise gained in my PhD research, will undoubtedly lead to lots of exciting opportunities."

Bluebell Drummond (April 2020)

Charlie Readman; First degree - Chemistry, University of Sussex; PhD Topic: Plasmonic Nanostructures for Gas Sensing, Reaction Monitoring and Catalysis (Chemistry/Physics)

"The first year feels like PhD bootcamp, designed to hone skills required for careers in industry, academia and business… simultaneously. The course content was just enough to push me to the limit, but not beyond it (quite). The consistent interdisciplinarity of all things NanoDTC really familiarised me with what's going on in Cambridge and helped me feel empowered to choose a suitable PhD project. I started out on an academic trajectory, but after 4+ years I’m leaning towards industry, having learned I could come back later! Very happy to be a Nano. 9/10 would recommend." 

Charlie Readman (April 2020)

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Key Information

1+3 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Research in the first instance

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

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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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