skip to primary navigationskip to content

How to apply

Candidate eligibility and the application procedure

We welcome applicants from across the 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 state that they are interested in the CDT, as well as their preferred choice of research area (this does not have to be highly specific) 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, either in person or via Skype. In January each year, we hold a CDT Interview Day which takes place at the Maxwell Centre, Cavendish Laboratory. This interview programme involves panel interviews, tours of facilities and the opportunity to meet with potential supervisors to discuss projects as to meet existing students.

First round interviews for the next intake will be held in January 2020.

Funding from UKRI or industrial and other partners may be available for applicants. More information on funding can be found on the University's website.

Cohort numbers for the CDT will be capped. Candidates who do not receive an offer under this scheme may still be 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 a 2nd choice, or if you would like your application to be circulated in one of the departments, please indicate so when you apply.

General enquiries about this programme should be emailed to