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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. These 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 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 ScienceIDC in Machining Science

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

ShineShine CDT

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 SystemsAdvanced Metallic System CDT 

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

Nuclear FiRSTNuclear FiRST DTC

The focus of this DTC is to understand the behaviour of radionuclides and nuclear materials in the nuclear fuel cycle.


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

Nuclear EngineeringNuclear Engineering IDC

Projects that tackle some of the most pressing global, regional and national challenges faced by the nuclear industry.

Services renderedMolecular-Scale Engineering CDT

Projects in the development and application of technologies for the control and interrogation of matter at molecular length scales.

Tissue Engineering and Regenerative MedicineTissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine DTC

Projects contributing to the development of effective clinical therapies for the treatment of human diseases and disabilities.

Social SciencesSocial Sciences DTC

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

Polymer CDTPolymers, Soft Matter and Colloids CDT

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.

TribologyIntegrated Tribology CDT

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.

solar Energy Storage and its Applications CDT

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.