Centres for doctoral training

World-class research requires expert research skills.

Many of our PhDs and EngDs are delivered through a doctoral partnership or centre. These go by a variety of titles such as Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), Doctoral Training Centre (DTC), Industrial Doctoral Centre (IDC) and Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). As a member of a cohort of researchers, you follow an innovative training programme that emphasises transferable skills. Typically the first year comprises predominantly taught courses in core topics. The research project is then developed in conjunction with your supervisor.

Many PhD projects involve industrial interaction and supervision and EngD projects have a high level of industrial involvement in driving the research. Each partnership and centre focuses on a specific area of research that addresses one of the global challenges of our time. Most are run jointly with other leading UK universities and developed in consultation with world-leading industrial and policy partners, so you benefit from a wide range of expertise and resources.

You can apply direct to a training centre or in some cases to the University.


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Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE) DTP

This doctoral training partnership provides training in the biological components of the natural environment and related disciplines.


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Control and Systems Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training

This CDT provides a comprehensive training programme to help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to be a successful researcher.


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ESRC Data Analytics and Society Centre for Doctoral Training

This centre brings together social science with methods from computing, mathematics and the natural sciences. It provides postgraduate research and training across four universities: Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield.


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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Machining Science

This industrial doctoral centre offers talented graduates the opportunity to learn and earn at the cutting edge of manufacturing engineering.



EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Engineering and Water Sector: STREAM

STREAM provides engineering doctorate (EngD) projects that tackle today's water sector challenges such as climate change, energy efficiency and pollution control.



EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Metallic Systems

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


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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Storage and its Applications

This centre aims to tackle industrial challenges and develop new technologies and skills that will enable the UK to meet its low-carbon targets.


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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Tribology

This centre provides industry and academia with engineers and scientists who have specialist skills and research expertise in tribology.


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

This centre aims to produce research leaders who can tackle the major national and international challenges in implementing new power plants that generate electricity more efficiently and use fossil energy with near zero emissions.


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Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures

PhD projects at the Grantham Centre require an interdisciplinary approach to the challenges of food sustainability, energy, climate, and the environment.



EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Generating Renewable Economic Energy from Nuclear

GREEN is a consortium of the five universities of Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield. This CDT trains the next generation of expert nuclear scientists and engineers.


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EPSRC Next Generation Nuclear Centre for Doctoral Training

A four-year postgraduate programme that 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 such as AmecFW, Areva, AWE, EdF Energy, NDA, NNL, Rolls-Royce, Sellafield Ltd. A collaboration between the universities of Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield.


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MRC Discovery Medicine North (DiMeN) Doctoral Training Partnership

Giving the next generation of researchers the knowledge and skills to tackle the major health problems facing the population. This doctoral training partnership combines the expertise of four world-leading universities: Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield.


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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Biomedical Materials

Biomedical materials have advanced dramatically over the last 50 years and continue to evolve today. With a rapidly growing and ageing population, there is greater demand for more effective and cost-effective healthcare interventions, and this CDT will train an interdisciplinary cohort of students to compete in this field.



Photovoltaics Centre for Doctoral Training

This centre equips students with the specialist knowledge and skills to carry out research and development across the sustainable energy and PV sectors. It combines the expertise of seven universities: Liverpool, Bath, Sheffield, Loughborough, Southampton, Oxford and Cambridge.


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Public Health, Economics and Decision Science, Wellcome Trust DTC

Brings together public health, health economics, mathematical modelling and statistics. The centre aims to produce research leaders who can carry out high-quality research into the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of complex public health interventions and policies that reduce non-communicable or chronic diseases.


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White Rose Social Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership

A collaboration in the social sciences at the White Rose universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, in partnership with the universities of Bradford, Sheffield Hallam, Hull, and Manchester Metropolitan. The centre was accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council in 2016.


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White Rose DTP in Mechanistic Biology and its strategic application

This doctoral training partnership carries out research into life-governing processes at all levels of organisation, from the atomic scale to the whole organism. The centre develops highly skilled bioscientists.


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White Rose College of Arts and Humanities

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