Who can apply?
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 the 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.
Funding and eligibility
Fully funded places are available to UK nationals resident in the UK for more than three years.
EU / international students are welcome to apply if they are in receipt of external scholarships, or are on a self-funded basis. For exceptionally academically strong EU / International students with proven research potential (e.g. published papers or evidence of significant contribution to research projects) the CDT may be able to assist with applications to Manchester scholarships such as:
- China Scholarship Council and The University of Manchester's Joint Scholarship Programme for PhD study
- President's Doctoral Scholar Awards
- FSE Dean's Scholarships
The CDT may also be able to give provisional offers to be used in national scholarship applications.
There may be alternative funding opportunities available for EU / international students and for more information on this, please visit the University's International student funding advice page.
Before applying please make sure you read and follow the instructions on the application instructions page carefully. As part of your application you will need to provide the following documents:
- Degree Certificates and Transcripts (if you have not completed your degree please include an interim transcript)
- Details of two academic referees
- A statement of purpose describing why you wish to be admitted to the Graphene NOWNANO CDT programme (500 words max)
- English Language certificate i.e. IELTS (only required if English is not your first language).
In addition; if you are an international student we will also require:
- Proof of funding if you are self-funded or government sponsored.
Note: We cannot accept applications in any other form.
For all other enquiries, please contact the CDT Administrative Manager via email: