Research course


The University of Manchester · School of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from graduates with an excellent degree (first or upper second) or an equivalent international qualification in science, engineering or biomedical disciplines. Two-dimensional materials, including graphene, have great potential for biomedical research, so we welcome physicians just as much as physicists! Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a UK undergraduate honours degree or international equivalent, or a first degree with an additional Masters degree or international equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Graphene NOWNANO is a newly established Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) and is a partnership between the Universities of Manchester and Lancaster. 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 in Graphene NOWNANO receive initial bespoke training in fundamentals of graphene/2D materials, their applications, and key techniques. This is followed by a 3.5 year research project in one of 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).

The CDT is run jointly with the doctoral training centre in nanoscience (NOWNANO, established in 2009, current cohort 65 students) providing further opportunities for sharing expertise and exchange of ideas.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Charlotte Griffiths