Doctoral Training Programmes

World-leading research

As a world-leading research institute, The University of Nottingham has attracted funding from the research councils to lead or be a partner in Doctoral Training Programmes, which aim to produce the next generation of research leaders. 

Our Doctoral Training Programmes present some of the best opportunities for doctoral studies available internationally. Aligned to key areas of research focus, both academically and commercially, Doctoral Training Programmes are setting a new benchmark for the provision of doctoral training and quality of graduate researchers themselves.

With the tailored approach toward doctoral researchers, you will be uniquely prepared to meet the demands of working on the most pressing research challenges in your chosen field. 

We also offer a wide variety of postgraduate opportunities outside the Doctoral Training Programmes. For more information, see our postgraduate prospectus


Why choose our Doctoral Training Programmes?


  • Doctoral Training Programmes are usually funded by research councils and all offer funding to postgraduate students (allocated on a competitive basis).

Strong collaborations with industry

  • Doctoral Training Programmes work closely with employers and as a postgraduate student in a programme you will have many opportunities to develop an understanding of the application of your research outside of university.
  • This might involve a short-term work placement or internship, a longer-term research placement, a showcase event or a training day where you work on a real-life business project.

Cross-institutional connections

  • Many Doctoral Training Programmes are tackling the big research questions of today by grouping together in consortia with a number of leading institutions and/or research institutes and industry organisations.
  • Being part of a Doctoral Training Programme can mean that you are benefiting from the research expertise and training and development opportunities of a number of leading research-intensive universities.

Integrated research training programme

  • A Doctoral Training Programme Doctorate offers a comprehensive research programme which will help you to develop the research and transferable skills you need for your career.
  • The strength of the training programme equips you for careers in industry, academia and research. 

International connections

  • Nottingham has a global reputation for research excellence and two of our Doctoral Training Programmes have connections to our international campuses in China and Malaysia through research projects or international placement programmes.
  • This means that, as a postgraduate student in these Doctoral Training Programmes, you could have the opportunity to carry out some of your research abroad or participate in an international placement programme.
  • Find out more about the international opportunities our programmes provide.

Highly competitive and prestigious

  • Doctoral Training Programmes are designed to attract the brightest and the best students who will work at the cutting-edge of research.

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Funded opportunities for Nottingham-based Doctoral Training Programmes




Doctoral Training Programme What Schools does the programme operate in? Who is eligible for funding? Research areas? Accepting students with the following first degrees?
BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership Chemistry, Pharmacy, Biosciences, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, MOL, Clinical Sciences, Process & Environmental Engineering UK/EU students are eligible for funding, subject to Research Council residency conditions. Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, Molecules, Cells & Organisms, Global Food Security. Chemistry, Pharmacy, Biosciences, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Engineering, Psychology, Maths, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biochemical Engineering, Environmental Biology, Zoology, Animal Science, Biotechnology, Vet medicine, Neuroscience, Environmental Science or related disciplines.
ESRC DTC Faculty of Social Science Schools and Psychology, Community Health Sciences, History, Pharmacy, Nursing UK/EU students are eligible for funding, subject to Research Council residency conditions. International students are eligible for funding within the Economics cluster. All Social Science areas. All Social Science disciplines.
Carbon Capture and Storage and Cleaner Fossil Energy Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics, Geography, Social Science, Business School UK/EU students are eligible for funding, subject to Research Council residency conditions. Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies. All relevant degrees.
Centre for Doctoral Training for Rehabilitation and Healthcare Research School of Medicine and School of health Sciences We have a number of stipends that are available for UK/EU students subject to Research Council residency conditions. We will accept International students who can provide their own funding. We will help potential students to apply for studentships and external funding Rehabilitation and healthcare Health and social care, medicine, allied health professionals, nursing, psychology, medical statistics, health economics
Horizon Digital Economy Computer Science, Human Factors, Civil Engineering, Business School, Sociology UK students. EU students who have been resident in the UK for 3 years. Will accept students with their own 4-year funding. Digital Economy. Computer Science, Human Factors, Engineering, Psychology, Sociology, Humanities, Business, Arts.
Targeted Therapeutics and Formulation Sciences Pharmacy UK/EU students. International students cannot be funded and would need to provide their own funding. Drug Development, Formulation Sciences. Pharmacy, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics and related Sciences.
International Doctoral Innovation Centre (IDIC) for Digital Technologies and Energy Technologies
All students, including international, subject to students being able to attain a visa for both UK and China. Please be aware than only first year is spent in the UK and then the following 3 years in Ningbo, China. Digital Technologies and Energy Technologies. Computer Science, Engineering, Science, Social Science, Psychology, Information Systems, excluding Arts.
Manufacturing Technologies
UK/EU students are eligible for funding, subject to Research Council residency conditions. Research themes include, but are not restricted to: Advanced Tooling & Fixturing, Net Shape Manufacture, Intelligent Automation, Assembly, Fabrication & Joining, High Integrity Fabrication, Simulation and Modelling, Non-Conventional Machining, Manufacturing Informatics, Electronics Manufacturing, NDT and Metrology. Manufacturing, Mechanical, Electrical/Electronic, Materials/Metallurgy Engineering, Applied Sciences (Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics). 
Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership American and Canadian Studies, Archaeology, Classics, Culture, Film and Media, Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, English, French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, History, History of Art, Music, Philosophy, Russian and Slavonic Studies, Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, Theology and Religious Studies UK and EU students only All arts and humanities research areas All relevant degrees
Non-destructive Evaluation Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Non-destructive Evaluation, Material Characterisation, Ultrasonics, Optics. Physics or Engineering, or equivalent industry experience.


Student testimonial

The experience has been a great insight into the digital economy outside of academia. Working in a vibrant community of multi-disciplinary researchers at the Pervasive Media Studio has given me the opportunity to meet people who are not just developing cutting edge technologies but using them to engage audiences in innovative ways. Thanks to the internship I have gained a vast number of new technical skills and new opinions of technology, many of which will help with my PhD studies. 

- Tim Pearce (Horizon DTC) on his internship at Calvium, who provide tools and consultancy to people with limited technical expertise. 

Placement testimonial

Gilad worked closely with me for the period of the internship, during which he provided valuable insight into how the emerging identity management market would affect Experian and where Experian could play in this going forward. This involved working directly with Experian's UK Managing Director, who recognised and respected Gilad's contribution. I have retained Gilad since the internship as a satellite member of my strategy team, as I value his ongoing input into where we take this exciting new proposition.  

- Nick Mothershaw, Director of Identity & Fraud Solutions (Experian)

Employer testimonial

One of the attractions has been the broad range of backgrounds and interests of the CDT students. OS research typically attracts students with a geography background. The Horizon CDT has helped overcome this bias: our cohort 1 student, Emily Webber, had a psychology background and was of immediate use to the Vernacular Geography team; second cohort students Min Zhang and Mercedes Torres have CS backgrounds which we were able to apply to problems related to Linked Data and Image Processing. 

- Glen Hart, research manager of the Ordnance Survey, on the impact of collaborations. 




Doctoral Training Programmes

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