To enable truly innovative interdisciplinary PhD projects, the programme starts with an intensive, six-month taught programme including elements of fundamental and applied materials physics, chemistry, engineering, technology (nanofabrication, self-assembly, device manufacturing), characterisation (spectroscopic techniques, microscopy) and applications in a broad range of fields, from device engineering to nanomedicine.
This consists of lecture courses, extended (12-week) laboratory projects, covering different aspects of nanotechnology and 2D materials, and enquiry-based learning (EBL). The taught programme is delivered almost entirely at the University of Manchester by Manchester and Lancaster academics (the only exception is one or two lab projects based at Lancaster University).
In lab and EBL projects the emphasis is on team work, with the projects typically done in small mixed-background groups (that is, as a physicist, you can expect to work in a group with a chemist, an engineer and a biologist or vice versa).
There are three core courses which all students cover during the programme. Alongside these core modules the students also choose one option module to study.