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The Department is a world-leader in materials research and offers a range of advanced degrees at Masters and PhD level.  It has a thriving graduate school with approximately 130 PhD students on the Graduate Register at any one time. Around 10 students are admitted to the MPhil in Micro- and Nanotechnology Enterprise in October each year.

The Department offers different types of graduate study:

Within DMSM, graduate admissions are administered by Dr Rosie Ward (, who is very willing to give informal advice to prospective students on the admissions process.

The Department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award for its efforts to improve the recruitment and retention of women working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine.

We welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender but as women are currently under-represented in the postgraduate intake in our department, we strongly encourage applications from female students.

Each application is considered by at least two members of academic staff and students who are considered to be strong candidates are interviewed in person, by telephone or Skype.  The decision to make a conditional offer of admission is based on merit alone, as are any nominations for the funding opportunities available from the University, Department or Cambridge Trust. 


EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training 

The Department is also a partner in the interdisciplinary Nanoscience & Technology CDT (NanoDTC) [this course will appear as PhD (Probationary) in Nanotechnology DTC (4 yrs) on the application form], and the Cambridge CDTs in Computational Methods for Materials Science, Graphene Technology, and Sensor Technologies and Applications. We also have interests in the Doctoral Training Centres in Photonics Systems Development (with UCL); New and Sustainable Photovoltaics (with the Universities of Liverpool and Bath); and Nuclear Energy (with Imperial College and the Open University). 

Further information on these Centres for Doctoral Training and on how to make an application is at training.