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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.

Postgraduate taught

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 masters course

Our course is taught by internationally recognised experts and supported by leading research facilities. 

Postgraduate research

Each member of academic staff here is a member of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering or Department of Physics and are fully involved in teaching at all levels.

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.

Contact us

For informal PhD enquiries please contact our Postgraduate Admissions Tutor, Dr Peter Aaen.

For admissions enquiries:
Tel: +44 (0)1483 682222

Our PhD course

A PhD normally lasts for three and a half years, during which time you will be supported by two academics who you will meet with you on a regular basis.


Projects are very often formulated through discussions between prospective students and individual staff members and 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.

Solid-state atomic clocks

Funding information:
This studentship covers home/EU fees with a stipend of £15,009 per annum.  

Nanomaterials based energy storage for self-powered IoT devices

Funding information:
The project is funded by the EPSRC. For UK students, this is fully funded. EU students will receive funding for fees only.

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. 

Financial support for postgraduates

International students

Postgraduate skills development

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Advanced Technology Institute
University of Surrey