StudentsDeadlines for applications:

31 March 2017; 30 April 2017; 31 May 2017
Note that we strongly advise early applications!  Projects are filled on a rolling basis, as we identify applicants who are a good fit to each project. We expect to allocate most projects before June. MRes admissions for October 2017 start have now closed. Admissions for October 2018 start will open in November 2017.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted online. Please follow the instructions on how to apply for a postgraduate courseFor more information on how to apply, contact Lisa Cheung.  Admissions open at the beginning of November, early applications are strongly advised.

For your application, you will need to submit two written references and a personal supporting statement. In your personal supporting statement, clearly indicate which research topics you are interested in.  

To apply for the MRes in Plastic Electronic Materials only (1 year), you will need to specify this by applying for a "Postgraduate Masters" in the Physics Department.  The course code is F3U8MRes admissions for October 2017 start have now closed.

To apply for the Plastic Electronics CDT programme (MRes+PhD; 4 years), you need to make an application for "Postgraduate Masters - to be Followed by Research" in the Physics Department. Please use the course code F3U8B. Prospective students are encouraged to identify project(s) that they are interested in from the current list of available projects, and to contact the primary supervisor directly before submitting an application.

Tips for a Good Application

Supporting Statement

  • No more than 1 page long (11-12 point text size)
  • At the beginning, make it clear why you are interested in the Plastic Electronics Course, and what your relevant experience is
  • Clearly state what research areas/projects you are most interested in
  • Clearly provide a summary of relevant previous research project(s) that you have undertaken

CV (Curriculum Vitae)

  • Note that the word "resumé" is not used in the UK
  • no more than 2 pages long
  • do not include: date of birth/age, marital status, gender, height, weight, nationality... 
  • do include: academic qualifications and degree classification/grade (final and predicted); information about previous research project(s) and supervisors; information about any time spent in industry; experience with relevant analytical/synthetic techniques, programming, etc.


Interviews are expected to run between February and May; if you are selected for interview you will be contacted by email. Each MRes and CDT studentship is aligned with a particular project. If you have not been selected for a particular project your application has been unsuccessful. Around 8 projects are available each year for fully-funded CDT studentships; other projects are available for MRes or self-funded CDT students. Find out more about funding.

Both the MRes and the CDT courses start at the beginning of October each year; it is not possible to start at any other time.