Doctoral Training Programmes
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Mark Illiffe

Benefits to industry


Engagement with business and industry through specific doctoral training forms a key part of our knowledge transfer activity.

Many Doctoral Training Programmes undertake leading research with a specific focus on industrial application.

Why work with us?

Highly competitive and prestigious

  • Involved in cutting-edge collaborative research
  • Cuts across traditional discipline boundaries to address business needs and drive economic growth
Diverse opportunities for collaboration

Working closely with business is a key feature of Doctoral Training Programmes and this can take many forms, including:

  • being part of industry advisory groups
  • contributing to training to ensure postgraduates develop the right skill set for business need
  • being a collaborator and/or host on a research project
  • hosting a postgraduate placement student or internship
Cross-institutional connections

  • Working with a Doctoral Training Programme can mean that you're connecting into a number of Universities and research institutions as many of the programmes are consortia of major research organisations.
  • Many Doctoral Training Programmes are connected into a number of universities and research institutions enabling you to benefit from the expertise across the best areas for your field of study.
Integrated research training programme

  • A comprehensive researcher training programme is central to what Doctoral Training Programmes have to offer and is integrated into a Doctoral Training Programme doctorate.
  • By helping us shape the training we offer, you help us to ensure that researchers are developing the right kind of skills for research and business.
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 placements programmes.
  • Find out more about the international opportunities our programmes provide.

Ways to work with us

There are two main ways in which industry engage with Doctoral Training Programmes:

Placements and internships

Doctoral research students can provide many benefits to your organisation, and taking them on placement - whether industrial or research - embeds key academic skills and knowledge within your organisation.

We focus on attracting the very best research students to our Doctoral Training Programmes, and provide suitable training in advance of placements. As such they are highly effective and offer real value to host organisations.

Please see the opportunities within the appropriate Doctoral Training Programme on their website, and contact the Doctoral Training Programme directly for further information.

Research partnership opportunities

Developing ongoing partnerships is a key aim of many Doctoral Training Programmes, and the closer and stronger the relationship your organisation has with us, the greater the benefits.

Aligning areas of interest and combining knowledge and research at a deep, integrated level enables the collaboration to be highly productive.

We are happy to discuss opportunities for collaboration and partnership with your directly. Please contact the appropriate Doctoral Training Programme in the first instance.


Placement providers

Our current EngD industrial partners and placement hosts include:

  • Aero Engine Controls
  • Airbus
  • AstraZeneca
  • Cummins Generator
  • Technologies
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Taylor Hobson Limited
  • Tessella
  • Unilever Discover


Richard has just finished his placement here. We are really happy with Richard's contribution, and his professional approach. He came up to speed on the problems of interest very quickly. Richard used his skills and experience from his PhD work, particularly his knowledge of coding in R, and has handed over well-documented code to the team which we will be able to develop further. Richard has proven to be an excellent fit for Tessella and I hope he'll come talk to us when he has completed his PhD.

- Tessella (Scientific Computing Company) on a placement student

Contact us

Whilst we recommend contacting the relevant Doctoral Training Programme to discuss working with us, general enquiries can be made to the Nottingham Doctoral Training Programme Network:

Tel: +44 (0)115 84 66948



Doctoral Training Programmes

Graduate School, Highfield House
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 951 5559