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Nanoscience PhD - Graphene NOWNANO Centre for Doctoral Training

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Degree awarded
48 Months. [Full-Time]
Entry requirements

We welcome applications from graduates who have, or expect to obtain, a minimum of a 2i class UK Masters honours degree or international equivalent, or a first degree with an additional Masters degree or international equivalent. in science, engineering or bio-medical disciplines.

Fully funded places are available to UK and EU nationals resident in the UK for >3 years. A small number of places is also available to EU nationals not currently resident in the UK.

We welcome applications from international students. However, this programme is funded by the Research Councils (EPSRC) which means that, unfortunately, we cannot provide funding for overseas students. There may be alternative funding opportunities available for international students.

For more detailed advice please visit the University website: International student funding advice

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online 

Programme options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Programme description

EPSRC CDT in the Science and Applications of Graphene and Related Nanomaterials (GrapheneNOWNANO) is a newly established Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) based at the University of Manchester in partnership with Lancaster University. It builds on the world-leading expertise in the science and technology of graphene and other two-dimensional (2D) materials at Manchester and Lancaster to offer a broad interdisciplinary CDT. PhD students enrolled on GrapheneNOWNANO programme receive initial state-of-the-art training in fundamentals of graphene/2D materials, their applications, and key techniques. This is followed by a 3.5 year research project that the students select from up to 40 available projects in 30+ top-rated research groups across 9 disciplines/university departments (Experimental and Theoretical Physics, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Pharmacy, Biomaterials, Medicine). Academic research within the CDT will be complemented by direct engagement with a network of industrial and academics partners.   The CDT is run jointly with the doctoral training centre in nanoscience (NOWNANO, established in 2009, current cohort 65 students) thus extending further opportunities for sharing expertise and exchange of ideas.

In addition to scientific training and engagement in cutting-edge research, GrapheneNOWNANO offers many extra opportunities: residential student-led conferences, secondments provided by industrial partners and/or overseas academic institutions, innovation and commercialisation training, joint events with other CDT's, outreach events, opportunities to take part in business start-up competitions. These contribute to building a group of outstanding scientists that will help to lead world research in graphene and other nanomaterials and development of their applications in the future.

PhD within GrapheneNOWNANO takes four years because the challenges presented by two-dimensional materials are inherently interdisciplinary, and to make a contribution in this area requires training that crosses traditional discipline boundaries. As a postgraduate student in the CDT, you will develop an awareness of developments outside the narrower remit of your own research project and will be able to discuss and reflect on a range of science that falls within the heading of new nanomaterials and their exploitation. This takes time, which is why we have a four year programme. The funding is there to ensure you can write up and complete the PhD in this period; there will be no expectations that students spend time writing up after the four years. The CDT will provide funding to contribute to the cost of your PhD research, including support for presenting your results at national and international conferences.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,390
    International students (per annum): Base rate £20,100; With consumables £20,600

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.


The awards will cover tuition fees and stipend for UK students and EU nationals resident in the UK for more than 3 years.  EU nationals are normally eligible for tuition fees only, but a small number of fully funded places are also available in most years.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Physics and Astronomy
Contact name
Sue Huzar

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