The aim of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Graphene Technology is to build a world-class cohort of young scientists who can become the next generation of high-tech entrepreneurs and technology leaders in the field of graphene technology.
The Centre’s vision is to take graphene, related layered materials and hybrids to a point where they can revolutionise flexible, wearable and transparent (opto)electronics, with a manifold return in innovation and exploitation. The four-year course offered by the Centre comprises an initial MRes year, followed by a three-year PhD programme.
The objectives of the programme are to:
Graduates from the MRes programme will have developed knowledge, skills and experience in the following broad areas:
By the end of the PhD, successful students will have produced original work making a significant contribution to
knowledge in the area of graphene technology.
All students who pass the MRes year will proceed to study for the PhD if they have demonstrated adequate research potential (such potential is normally demonstrated simply by passing the MRes year). Note that, as for all Cambridge PhDs, the first year of the PhD (the year after the MRes) is still probationary and students will be required to pass a first-year assessment.
In the first year, students will undertake structured programme consisting of:
Successful MRes students will then proceed to a three-year programme of supervised doctoral research, during which time they will continue to be supported by the CDT. They will continue to participate in lunch meetings, in the Weekly Advanced Technology Lectures, and in workshops on various aspects of industry and research.
The numbers given below reflect the MRes year only.
|One to one supervision||
Students will have approximately 20 hours of contact time with the Principal Investigator on each mini-project (40 hours total). Some of this will take the form of group meetings with other students on the project; one-to-one meetings will be organised as required to discuss individual project progress and resolve difficulties. Additionally, every student will be assigned both a primary and a secondary daily supervisor in the laboratory in which the project is based; in each mini-project, students can expect approximately 40 hours of contact time with their primary supervisors and 30 hours with their secondary supervisors.
|Seminars & classes||
55 hours per year
Approximately 100 hours per year
120 hours per year
Prior to each short project, students will be required to do a literature review. Literature will also be recommended pertaining to the research skills training.
At the end of the MRes, students will conduct a literature review over a month-long period in preparation for the PhD.
One of the two short projects will be based in industry.
Students can expect to receive reports at least termly on the Cambridge Graduate Supervision Reporting System. They will receive comments on items of coursework, and will have access to a University supervisor for their dissertation. All students will also have personal access to the Course Director and the other staff delivering the course.
At the end of the second year of the degree (the first year of the PhD programme), students will be required to submit a report of 10,000 to 15,000 words.
The doctoral dissertation must be submitted by the end of the fourth year (the third year of the PhD programme) and must not exceed 65,000 words. A compulsory viva voce examination will follow the submission of the dissertation.
Some of the research skills sessions will be assessed by course-work (i.e, post-laboratory reports).
A major component of the degree is the completion of two individual mini-projects, each of which is assessed through a dissertation of up to 8,000 words.
The core courses will be assessed by written examination.
The experiments undertaken during some of the research skills sessions will be assessed during those sessions.
Students who fail the examinable components may be further assessed through a viva.
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