Industry needs graduates with up-to-date skills and the ability to expand and develop their products. Industries engaged in nanotechnology and nanomaterials research and development are no different, with numerous surveys of companies having pointed to the need for graduates with a strong background in engineering or in the physical sciences, supplemented with specialised skills.


Projects are very often formulated through discussions between prospective students and individual staff members, so if there is an area that interests you but you are unable to find the specific project listed, please contact us to discuss further.

Development of advanced measurement methods for high performance emerging photovoltaics

Funding information:

EPSRC iCASE award Covering University (Home Fees) for four years Stipend: £19,237 per annum for four years Directly Funded Project (UK Students only)

Research course

A PhD is the passport to a career as a research scientist... but that's far from being the whole story! The PhD is a widely respected and highly regarded qualification which certifies that the holder is a highly competent, professional, self-motivated achiever.

Holders of PhDs in physical sciences and electronic engineering are in high demand in areas ranging from engineering industries to finance. Newly qualified PhDs often report that their PhD research has been the most stimulating, rewarding and challenging thing they have ever done.

Each member of academic staff here is a member of the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering or School of Mathematics and Physics.

Postgraduate courses

Nanotechnology is essential for faster electronics with greater functionality, it is the key for energy and sustainability, and is at the heart of every transistor found in every computer. We have a long established reputation in this field.

Our courses are taught by internationally recognised experts and supported by leading research facilities.

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Expert support

The Doctoral College supports the academic and professional development of postgraduate researchers to ensure our world-leading research continues to grow. There is also an extensive Researcher Development Programme run at university level.

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Scholarships and bursaries

Discover how we may be able to support your studies with a host of bursaries and scholarships directly from the University of Surrey and external providers.