Doctoral Training Programmes
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Our Doctoral Training Centres 


Click on the name of a centre to find out about opportunities for doctoral training and related funding available from research councils: 

BBSRC Doctoral Training Programme

  • Aim: To deliver world-class doctoral research training in global food security, bioenergy and industrial biotechnology.
  • No of places: 50

Carbon Capture and Storage and Cleaner Fossil Energy

  • Aim: To produce research leaders able to tackle the efficient generation of electricity using fossil energy.
  • No of places: 15

Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTC

  • Aim: To offer a world-class multidisciplinary environment in which social science research can flourish.
  • No of places: approximately 60 across the partnership

Horizon My Life in Data

  • Aim: To train research leaders for the digital economy, addressing the challenge of digital identity and personal data for the 21st century.
  • No of places: 12-16

Fuel Cells and Their Fuels

  • Aim: To equip graduates to work within the energy sector and provide in-depth training into hydrogen technologies.
  • No of places: 10

Innovative Manufacture in Composites

  • Aim: To provide manufacturing research engineers with the skills to impact on composites manufacturing technology.
  • No of places: 72+

Integrated Magnetic Resonance

  • Aim: To provide the most comprehensive training in integrated magnetic resonance technology in the UK.
  • No of places: 2-4 

International Doctoral Innovation Centres

  • Aim: To train 100 PhD researchers over the next six years to become leaders in energy and digital technologies. 
  • No of places: 46

Manufacturing Technologies

  • Aim: To produce research leaders with the skills to address key challenges and transform results into industrial technologies.
  • No of places: 40

AHRC Midlands3Cities DTP

  • Aim: M3C provides combined research expertise for the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers.
  • No of places: 87

Non-destructive Evaluation

  • Aim: To give graduates the experience to lead and develop non-destructive evaluation methods in diverse industries.
  • No of places: 10 

Regenerative Medicine

  • Aim:  To equip graduate researchers with the tools and skills needed to translate the potential of cell or tissue based therapies.  
  • No of places: 10

Sustainable Chemistry Doctoral Training Centre

  • Aim: To provide students with first class research training, enabling them to become champions in sustainable chemistry. 
  • No of places: 15

Centre for Doctoral Training in Rehabilitation and Healthcare Research

  •  Aim: To train the next generation of clinicians in translational and applied clinical research in stroke rehabilitation, health of older people, long term conditions, and community rehabilitation.
  • No of places: 7 per year

Envision - NERC DTP

  • Aim: To combine UK researchers with industry partners and provide a new generation of environmental scientists ready to take on the challenges of a changing world.
  • No of places: 12 per year 

CDT in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing

  • Aim: To produce research leaders in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing. 
  • No of places: 14 per year

EPSRC Advanced and Targeted Therapeutics

  • Aim: To train future pioneers of the pharmaceutical industry in partnership with UCL, EPSRC and industry.
  • No of places: 12 per year

Innovative Metal Processing Centre for Training

  • Aim: To train the future technical leaders in metal processing with the required skills needed to lead innovation.
  • No of places: 16 per year

Oxford Nottingham Biomedical Imaging

  • Aim: To train the next generation of research, industry and healthcare professionals, focusing on all aspects of biomedical imaging.
  • No of places: 12 per year

Energy CDT Network

We also host The Network of Energy Centres for Doctoral Training (Energy CDT Network) that brings together the 13 centres, spread across 16 UK Universities, which specialise in postgraduate research and training in energy.  


Leverhulme Trust Modelling and Analytics for a Sustainable Society

  • Aim: To tackle the ongoing global problems of food shortages, water scarcity and insufficient clean energy.
  • No of places: 15 per year  

Wellcome Trust DTP in Antimicrobial and Antimicrobial Resistance

  • Aim: To develop multidisciplinary research scientists who understand the global emergence, spread and persistence of multi-antibiotic resistant bacteria, and discover new strategies to prevent and treat infections.
  • No of places: 10

MRC Integrated Midlands Partnership for Biomedical Training (IMPACT)

  • Aim: To deliver world-class doctoral research training in the biomedical sciences, producing the next generation of research leaders in the fields of Imaging, Complex Disease and Precision Medicine
  • No. of places: 15 per year                                                  

Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre

  • Aim: To deliver the next generation of research leaders in musculoskeletal health, increasing the UK's capacity for research in this important area of unmet clinical need.
  • No of places: No fixed limit subject to application


Oil and Gas Centre for Doctoral Training

  • Aim: To train the next generation of geoscientific and environmental researchers in oil and gas.
  • No of places: To be confirmed

Soils Training and Research Studentships (STARS)

  • Aim: To create a novel and unique national training experience for the next generation of soil scientists.
  • No of places: 11 

BBSRC Synthetic Biology CDT

  • Aim: To combine expertise from a variety of academic disciplines to create optimised chassis for the sustainable production of carbon-based chemicals and fuels.
  • No of places: To be confirmed

Crops for the Future Research Centre

  • Aim: To develop solutions to diversify future agriculture using underutilised crops.
  • No of places: To be confirmed

Alzheimer's Society Doctoral Training Centre

  • Aim: To generate evidence to undepin the development of high-quality arts interventions for people with dementia. 
  • No of places: 2

Modelling and Analytics for a Sustainable Society

  • Aim: To tackle the ongoing global problems of food shortages, water scarcity and insufficient clean energy using mathematics.
  • No of places: 15 places over three intakes

Engineering and Physical Sciences Thematic Studentships

  • Aim: Various - see individual programmes for details.
  • No of places: up to 8 places per programme

Doctoral Training Programmes

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