Research course


The University of Manchester · School of Physics and Astronomy

Entry requirements

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. Your online application must include a CV, academic transcripts, and details of two academic references. It should also include a document of 500 words maximum describing why you wish to be admitted to Graphene NOWNANO programme and including any other information you consider relevant to your application.

In general, we do not specify a formal deadline for submitting an application to the CDT, however we encourage applicants to apply as early as possible. Typically all available places are filled by the end of March.

If your application is successful you will be invited to attend an interview where you will have the opportunity to meet the team, learn more about the training programme and undergo a formal interview with academic supervisors. If you have any questions about applying for the programme at this stage, please contact the CDT Administrative Manager.

Months of entry


Course content

Graphene NOWNANO offers you an opportunity to join the select group of students working with some of the world’s leading scientists on two-dimensional materials, including graphene – the 21st century’s wonder material.

It is a unique Centre for Doctoral Training run by specialist academics and working alongside more than 120 graphene researchers at The University of Manchester, in partnership with Lancaster University. Funded by EPSRC, the four-year course will enable you to develop knowledge and skills necessary to drive research and innovation in the field of nanomaterials in your future career, while contributing to the pioneering research at Manchester and Lancaster during your PhD.

PhD students enrolled on the Graphene NOWNANO programme receive initial state-of-the-art training in fundamentals of graphene and 2D materials, their applications, and key techniques. The 6-month training is followed by a three and a half year research project that students select from up to 40 available projects in 30+ top-rated research groups across nine 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 academic partners.

Fees and funding

UK students
Standard £4,260, Low £8,500, Medium £15,000, High £20,000
International students
Standard £22,000, Low £23,500, Medium £29,500, High £34,500

Fully funded places are available to UK and EU nationals resident in the UK for >3 years. A small number of funded places are also available to EU nationals not currently resident in the UK. Full student eligibility information can be found on the EPSRC website.

International students are welcome to apply on a self-funded basis (if recipient of external scholarships covering the full costs). The CDT cannot provide or arrange funding for international students. Regretfully, we cannot give provisional offers to be used for scholarship applications.

There may be alternative funding opportunities available for international students and for more information on this, please visit the University's International student funding advice page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details