Nanoapplications Centres for Doctoral Training

EPSRC-funded Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) provide a supportive and exciting environment for students to carry out a challenging PhD-level research project together with taught coursework. These three Centres cover research in the area of nanoscience through engineering to application.

Functional Nanomaterials

  • University of Bristol

The training of a new generation of scientists in the area of functional nanomaterials is of great national urgency if robust interconnections are to be forged between fundamental nanoscience and real life applications, and coupled to economic and societal benefits. The Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials, a cross-disciplinary enterprise involving physics, chemistry and engineering, picks up this challenge whilst developing and supporting new research initiatives in nanomaterials.

Assembly of NanoMaterials and NanoDevices

  • University of Cambridge

This fully-funded four-year PhD programme in nanoscience and nanotechnology develops new ways to build functional nanomaterials and nanodevices. The programme combines a year of taught nano courses across material science, physics, engineering and chemistry with mini-projects and laboratory practicals, followed by three years of PhD research in one of the many nano groups around the university. An important component is exposure to business innovation through the Judge Business School and partner nanotechnology companies.


  • University of Manchester
  • Lancaster University

Nanoscience and nanotechnologies have the potential to revolutionise society through step changes in electronic materials, computing and optics, and by making medicine more individualised and therefore safer. The NOWNano CDT trains students in a multidisciplinary Centre covering two major research directions: (a) from nanoscience through electronics to information technology and (b) nanoscience in medicine. Accordingly, research and training includes physics, chemistry, materials science, electrical and chemical engineering, computer and environmental science, clinical sciences and pharmacy.