World-leading research training environments

Our Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs) and Industrial Doctoral Centres (IDCs) offer talented individuals the opportunity to undertake innovative and exciting training programmes that address global challenges facing society, today and in the future. Many of the three to four-year programmes comprise a first year of taught courses in core topics leading to a full PhD or EngD research project developed by the student with their supervisor. Many of the PhD projects also involve industrial interaction and supervision and EngD projects have a high level of industrial involvement in driving the research. The technical programme is supplemented by a transferable skills training programme.

Machining ScienceEPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Machining Science

The IDC in Machining Science offers talented graduates the opportunity to learn and earn at the cutting edge of manufacturing engineering. 

Grantham centre logoGrantham Centre for Sustainable Futures

PhD projects that require an interdisciplinary approach to problems of food sustainability, energy, climate, and the environment.

ConsultancyE-Futures DTC

4-year PhD Projects to address the challenges inherent in creating a sustainable energy future.

Advanced Metallic Systems EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Metallic Systems

World-class training for a new generation of materials specialists on real-world industrial problems. 

White Rose Mechanistic Biology

White Rose DTP in Mechanistic Biology and its strategic application

Research into life-governing processes at all levels of organisation,
from the atomic scale to the whole organism.

STREAMEPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Engineering and Water Sector STREAM

EngD projects that tackle today's water sector challenges such as climate change, energy efficiency and pollution control.

Parrot ACCEAdapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE) DTP

Providing doctoral training in the biological components of the natural environment and related disciplines.

Social SciencesSocial Sciences DTC

A national training centre for postgraduate researchers in a wide variety of social sciences.

Polymer CDTEPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Polymers, Soft Matter and Colloids

Collaborating with a broad range of industrial partners to deliver a training programme that will inspire PhD students to become the next generation of leading research scientists and engineers.

TribologyEPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Tribology

Provide industry and academia with the next generation of engineers and scientists, cohort educated in core skills and specialist research expertise in tribology integrated across scientific disciplines and industry sectors.

solarEPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Storage and its Applications

This brand new Centre is funded by the EPSRC and aims to tackle industrial challenges and develop new technologies and skills that will enable the UK to meet its low carbon targets.

White Rose A&HWhite Rose College of Arts and Humanities

This doctoral training partnership will equip high-achieving individuals with the skills and experience to become leaders in their chosen fields, ultimately benefitting the UK economy and society.

Control and Systems Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training


Study your PhD at the department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, a unique department with a widely acknowlegded reputation for world-leading research.

Photovoltaics Centre for Doctoral Training

The PV CDT is a multicentre team composed of seven universities - Liverpool, Bath, Sheffield, Loughborough, Southampton, Oxford and Cambridge - that will train highly-skilled students capable of transforming state-of-the-art research and development across the sustainable energy and PV sectors.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Carbon Capture and Storage and Cleaner Fossil Energy

The Centre in Efficient Fossil Energy Technologies aims to produce research leaders to tackle the major national and international challenges in implementing new power plants to generate electricity more efficiently using fossil energy with near zero emissions.