PhD Graphene NOWNANO CDT / Overview

Year of entry: 2024

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy
4 Years Full Time
Entry requirements

We welcome applications to the PhD Nanoscience from graduates with an excellent degree (first or upper second) or an equivalent international qualification in science, engineering or biomedical disciplines.

Applicants should be enthusiastic and looking for a challenging interdisciplinary research training environment. Fully funded places are available for Home/UK students. 

 EU/International applicants are welcome to apply if they are in recipient of external scholarships or on a self-funded basis.

For exceptionally academically strong EU/International applicants with demonstrable research potential the CDT may be able to assist with applications to University of Manchester scholarships

  • China Scholarship Council and The University of Manchester's Joint Scholarship Programme
  • President's Doctoral Scholar Award

  • FSE Dean's scholarships

Details of these scholarships can be found on the Faculty of Science and Engineering website .

There may also be alternative funding opportunities available for international applicants for more information please visit the University's international student funding advice page .

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants
The CDT recruits up to 20 students per academic year, please note not all places are funded by the CDT.
How to apply

Apply online

In your application you'll need to include:

  • The name of this programme
  • Your research project title (i.e. the advertised project name or proposed project name)
  • Your supervisor's name
  • If you already have funding or you wish to be considered for any of the available funding
  • Details of your previous study
  • Names and contact details of your two referees

Before applying we also recommend that you read the Advice to Applicants section.

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Programme overview

The Graphene NOWNANO CDT offers the opportunity to join a diverse and interdisciplinary group of researchers undertaking a PhD in Nanoscience.  

The Graphene NOWNANO CDT was established in 2013 with UK Research Council (EPSRC) funding and is now financially supported by The University of Manchester and industry.  Working closely with the National Graphene Institute (NGI) and the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC), both based at The University of Manchester, the CDT offers a unique environment to undertake ground breaking research alongside opportunities for innovation and collaboration with industry within the fast growing family of graphene and 2D materials.

Open days

Visit our Faculty of Science and Engineering Postgraduate Research page to find out about upcoming open days and webinars.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2024, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): Band A £4,786; Band B £7,000; Band C £10,000; Band D £14,500; Band E £24,500
    International, including EU, students (per annum): Band A £28,000; Band B £30,000; Band C £35,500; Band D £43,000; Band E £57,000

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

The programme fee will vary depending on the cost of running the project. Fees quoted are 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 Home students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit the postgraduate fees page .

Always contact the Admissions team if you are unsure which fees apply to your project.


Scholarships are available for Home/UK students, which includes full tuition fee funding and an annual stipend, paid monthly, in line with current UK research council guidelines, the stipend payment level for 2023/2024 as a guide is £18,622 per annum.

EU/International applicants must provide their own source of funding to cover all tuition fees and living expenses.

Contact details

Department of Physics & Astronomy
Contact name

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