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Candidate eligibility and the application procedure

We welcome applicants from across Physical Sciences including Chemistry, Physics, Materials and Engineering. Entry into this prestigious new programme is highly competitive, and will take into account qualifications, aspirations and experience.

Applications for this programme should be made through the standard graduate admissions system.  Further general information about graduate admission is available from the Graduate Admissions’ website.

If you apply, please note that we require a full application before we can consider you for interview, this includes references and academic transcripts submitted correctly with your on-line application. 

Please also separately email a copy of your application with all supporting documents (but not the references) to 

If you require an early offer please advise us of this in your supporting email and the reasons why you require this.

Candidates are encouraged to pay particular attention, on the application form, to Section A.12 where they must state that they are interested in the CDT, as well as their choice of research areas.  Their choice must be identified at this stage, so that their application can be forwarded to appropriate supervisors for consideration. Additionally, if a specific supervisor has been identified, they can be named in this section also.

If successful you will be required to attend an interview.  Attendance is compulsory and will take place at the Cavendish Laboratory.   An interview programme for applicants will involve panel interviews, tours of facilities and the opportunity to meet with potential supervisors to discuss projects as well as existing students.

First round interviews will be held in January 2018

Full EPSRC funding is available for UK students and EU students who have studied for three years in the UK. General student eligibility information is available from the EPSRC

Cohort numbers for the CDT will be capped. Candidates not made an offer under this scheme may be still considered for PhD places in any of the departments involved. If you would like to be considered for a specific PhD project at Cambridge as 2nd choice, or would like your application to be circulated in one of the departments, please indicate that when you apply.

General enquiries about this programme should email