Centres for Doctoral Training

Our Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training and Industrial Doctoral Centres offer four-year, cohort-based training and research opportunities, focused on major engineering challenges. Generally, these programmes offer full funding (fees and stipend) for Home/EU students only. Find out more about the different EPSRC centres below.

Advanced Metallic SystemsEPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Metallic Systems

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Advanced Metallic Systems is a partnership between two internationally recognised Centres of Excellence in metallic materials at the Universities of Sheffield and Manchester.
Novel metallic materials and engineering solutions are essential to a wide range of sectors including aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, defence and renewable energy. The CDT was set up to address the critical shortage of doctoral level metallic material specialists in the UK.

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Engineering and WaterEPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Engineering and Water Sector - STREAM 

STREAM is the Industrial Doctoral Centre (IDC) for the Water Sector funded by the EPSRC and various companies that sponsor individual research projects.  The STREAM programme is delivered by five UK academic centres of excellence in water science and engineering in the UK. Coordinated by Cranfield University and including Imperial College London and the universities of Sheffield, Newcastle, and Exeter, the programme enables talented researchers to develop their skills and careers, while obtaining an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) or PhD degree. The centre delivers high quality applied research and trains new water sector leaders.

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Nuclear researchEPSRC Next Generation Nuclear Centre for Doctoral Training

The EPSRC Next Generation Nuclear Centre for Doctoral Training is a four-year postgraduate programme which includes a year of masters level taught material.

There are strong links with industry and many of the projects are part funded by one of our industrial partners e.g. AmecFW, Areva, AWE, EdF Energy, NDA, NNL, Rolls-Royce, Sellafield Ltd.

Next Generation Nuclear is a collaboration between The Universities of Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield.

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Machining Science labEPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Machining Science 

Machining Science is the application of engineering theories to improve the machining of metals, alloys and composite materials. It covers a wide range of operations where material is removed during production (e.g. hole generation, turning and finishing), and crosses many engineering disciplines including dynamics, vibration, tribology, materials science, control systems, drive and actuation systems, and robotics.

It is a vital research area for companies in the High Value Manufacturing sector (e.g. automotive, aerospace, medical engineering) where at least 25% of the process time for components involves machining.  The IDC is a unique collaboration between industry, the University of Sheffield's award winning AMRC and the Faculty of Engineering. Our close links with industry will give you a solid foundation for a career and the opportunity to work on real problems.

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Energy StorageEPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Storage and its Applications

The ground-breaking Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Storage and its Applications at the Universities of Sheffield and Southampton opened in October 2014.

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

The Centre has received substantial funding from EPSRC, who in 2013 identified energy storage as a UK priority area with a major skills shortage.

Find out more about Energy Storage and its Applications

Tribology carEPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Tribology

Tribology is all about friction, wear, and lubrication. It is the science behind how things move and slide over each other - something that is vital to the world around us but that so few know about. 

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Tribology is funded by the EPSRC who identified this as an area with a major skills shortage. The Centre aims to tackle the problems that face industry today, to develop new technologies and skills that will benefit all partners. It is run in partnership between leading tribology academics at the universities of Sheffield and Leeds. The Centre is also supported by industrial companies who fund projects, provide routes for technology transfer, and steer Centre activities.

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Carbon Capture PlantEPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Resilient Decarbonised Fuel Energy Systems

This Centre will provide an innovative training programme focused on delivering research leaders and next-generation innovators to enable UK-based industry to tackle the challenges in decarbonising major industrial sectors such as power, steel and heating through innovative and inventive uses of existing energy infrastructure, making new products and transmitting energy in new ways or in new forms. 

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AuraCDTAura Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Offshore Wind Energy and the Environment

The Aura CDT aims to build a highly skilled talent pipeline for the offshore wind industry by 2030. We need the world's brightest minds to join us in developing cutting-edge research as we seek solutions to the environmental and engineering challenges facing the offshore wind industry.

Find out more about the AURA CDT

Speech and language technologiesUKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Speech and Language Technologies and their Applications

The doctoral training centre is a world-leading hub for training scientists and engineers in speech and language technologies (SLT) – two core areas within artificial intelligence (AI) which are experiencing unprecedented growth and will continue to do so over the next decade.

Find out more about the CDT in Speech and Language Technologies and their Applications

Semiconductors CDT EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing

Led by Cardiff University and partnered by the University of Manchester, the University of
Sheffield and University College London (UCL) this CDT will provide fully funded PhD studentships and comprehensive training in the exciting and
innovative field of Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing.

Find out more about the CDT in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing

If you would like to find out more general information about CDTs then please visit our research opportunities website.