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.
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 course is taught by internationally recognised experts and supported by leading research facilities.
What our students say
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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 Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering or Department of Physics.
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.
Metal halide perovskites for photovoltaic and light-emission applications
Funding information:Directly Funded Project (European/UK students only). The post is open for home-fee qualifying applicants.
Energy generation through electrogenic organism microsystems
Funding information:All University fees are covered for the duration of the project with a stipend of approximately £15,000 per year for eligible UK/EU students.
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.