Doctoral Training Programmes
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Our Doctoral Training Centres


News: Nottingham awarded £45m funding for five Centres for Doctoral Training

Our centres

Browse our centres to find out about opportunities for doctoral training and related funding available from research councils.

AHRC Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Programme

Aim: Provide combined research expertise for the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers

Places: Up to 80 through an open competition; 11 Collaborative Doctoral Awards through a linked competition with a partner organisation

BBSRC Doctoral Training Programme

Aim: Deliver world-class doctoral research training in global food security, bioenergy and industrial biotechnology

Places: 50

Carbon Capture and Storage and Cleaner Fossil Energy

Aim: Produce research leaders able to tackle the efficient generation of electricity using fossil energy

Places: To be confirmed


CDT in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing

Aim: Produce research leaders in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing

Places: 15

Composites Manufacture

Aim: Provide manufacturing research engineers with the skills to impact on composites manufacturing technology

Places: To be confirmed

Engineering and Physical Sciences Thematic Studentships

Aim: Various – see individual programmes for details

Places: Up to 18 (three per theme)


Envision – NERC Doctoral Training Programme

Aim: Combine UK researchers with industry partners and provide a new generation of environmental scientists ready to take on the challenges of a changing world

Places: To be confirmed

EPSRC Advanced and Targeted Therapeutics

Aim: Train future pioneers of the pharmaceutical industry in partnership with UCL, EPSRC and industry

Places: To be confirmed

Fuel Cells and Their Fuels

Aim: Equip graduates to work within the energy sector and provide in-depth training into hydrogen technologies

Places: To be confirmed


Horizon: My Life in Data

Aim: Train research leaders for the digital economy, addressing the challenge of digital identity and personal data for the 21st century

Places: To be confirmed

Innovative Metal Processing Centre for Training

Aim: Train the future technical leaders in metal processing with the required skills needed to lead innovation

Places: 14

Leverhulme Trust Modelling and Analytics for a Sustainable Society

Aim: Tackle the global issues of food shortages, water scarcity and insufficient clean energy through advanced modelling and data analysis

Places: 3


Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership

Aim: Offer a world-class multidisciplinary environment in which social science research can flourish

Places: To be confirmed

MRC Integrated Midlands Partnership for Biomedical Training (IMPACT)

Aim: Deliver world-class doctoral research training in the biomedical sciences, producing the next generation of research leaders in the field of Complex disease: mechanisms to therapy

Places: 4

Non-Destructive Evaluation

Aim: Offer graduates the experience to lead and develop non-destructive evaluation methods in diverse industries

Places: To be confirmed


Regenerative Medicine

Aim: Equip graduate researchers with the tools and skills needed to translate the potential of cell or tissue based therapies

Places: To be confirmed


Rehabilitation and Healthcare Research 

Aim: Provide PhD training for clinicians who seek part-time doctoral study alongside a clinical role

Places: To be confirmed

Resilient Decarbonised Fuel Energy Systems

Aim: Grow the next generation of research leaders and innovators, allowing them to develop a broad economic, societal and contextual awareness, as well as strong technical skills.

Places: To be confirmed


Sustainable Chemistry Doctoral Training Centre

Aim: Provide students with first class research training, enabling them to become champions in sustainable chemistry

Places: To be confirmed

Sustainable Hydrogen 

Aim: Deliver 'industry ready' doctorates who have a comprehensive skill set and experiences.

Places: At least 67 PhDs across five years of intake

Transformative Pharmaceutical Technologies

Aim: We aim to educate PhD graduates who will transform medicines design. They will have unique knowledge and skill-set to take active molecules from drug discovery and design technologies to transform these molecules in medicines to treat patients.

Places: 15 fully-funded PhD studentships per year


Wellcome Trust DTP in Antimicrobials and Antimicrobial Resistance

 Aim: 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

Places: 10 per year until October 2019


Doctoral Training Programmes

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

telephone: +44 (0)115 951 5559