Nanoscience PhD - 2019 Entry

Entry Year

Full time 36 Month(s)

Course Overview

This PhD offers research in nanoscience and nanotechnologies which is excelled by the experimentalists in the Quantum Technology Centre and theorists in the Centre for Nanoscale Dynamics at Lancaster.

In experimental nanoscience we offer projects in quantum technologies and development; studies of superconductor and semiconductor qubits and quantum circuits; quantum metrology; development of quantum dot systems for quantum key distribution; studies of atomic two-dimensional materials including graphene, boron nitride, hexagonal metal chalcogenides and their heterostructures; development and applications of new scanning mechanical and thermal microscopy techniques; development of novel nanostructured materials for telecommunications and for energy applications. We study nanostructures at the record-breaking low temperatures, in a sub-mK range.

In theoretical nanoscience, we offer projects in quantum transport and quantum Hall effect; mesoscopics and fundamentals of nanoelectronics; single-molecule electronics; quantum optics; quantum information processing. We develop theories of new atomic two-dimensional materials using the first principles density functional theory, quantum Monte Carlo modelling, and phenomenological theories. We develop theories of dynamics and kinetics in quantum systems in strongly non-equilibrium conditions using field theory methods. On the side of applied nanoscience, we model devices for electronics and optoelectronic applications.

We collaborate with world leading companies including Bruker, Fiat, and Oxford Instruments. The programme is supported by a selection of training courses providing skills in modern research techniques, special scientific training and transferable skills courses.

Key Information

Postgraduate Academic Advisor: Dr Benjamin Robinson

Duration: 36 months, full-time (or pro-rated part-time)

Entry requirements: Upper second class BSc or MPhys degree in Physics, or its equivalent, in a relevant subject

IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent

Assessment: Original research and thesis

Funding: All applicants should consult our information on fees and funding.




Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK/EU £4,327 £2,164
Overseas £18,390 £9,195

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Research Groups

Our postgraduate studies are closely aligned with our Research. Our research is divided into four main themes, and each of these contains sub-groups. In each group, you can find details of available research projects and academic supervisors.

Ben Astbury's story

Lancaster is a wonderful place to study. My Masters Research degree was in creating an uncloneable electronic device that could be used in IoT devices for authentication purposes. The top-tier facilities at Lancaster allowed me to write and begin the process of publishing my first scientific paper. After completing an MRes, I went on to work as an Engineering Physicist for Imperial Brands. The research experience I gained while studying has been invaluable in my current career."

Scholarships and Funding

Hamzah Shokeir's story

"The experience gained whilst at Lancaster University enabled me to embark on the next stage of my scientific career with the utmost preparation and willingness. This included taking part in journal club presentations, teaching assistant roles, training with state of the art equipment in nanofabrication labs and by the end of the year the chance to present preliminary results at an international conference. I strongly recommend the MRes program for anyone wishing to pursue a career in scientific research."