Centre for Doctoral Training 


The ESRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Analytics and Society provides postgraduate research and training for 56 PhD students across 4 Universities: The University of Leeds, The University of Liverpool, The University of Manchester and The University of Sheffield. The Centre represents a significant investment in postgraduate training with over £6 million of funds anticipated from the ESRC and multiple external partners including:

  • Ordnance Survey,
  • Call Credit
  • Red Ninja
  • South Yorkshire Police
  • West Midlands Police
  • Boots
  • Shop Direct

  • Leeds City Council
  • Agilysis
  • The Home Office
  • The Vegetarian Society
  • Dubit
  • Costain
  • Linney

The innovative structure of the fully funded PhDs includes an integrated MSc in Data Analytics and Society, joint projects with a variety of partner organisations tackling real-world problems, and an interdisciplinary academic team spanning a wide spectrum of subject areas and specialisms.

The PhD programme offers students the opportunity to learn and apply cutting-edge data analytics skills in an applied commercial or public sector setting, while also developing an academically rigorous thesis working with a team leading experts to produce research outputs suitable for publication in high quality international refereed journals.

The University of Sheffield Centre for Doctoral Training 

The CDT at the University of Sheffield is led by Professor Gwilym Pryce and is based in the Sheffield Methods Institute. The Sheffield CDT PhDs includes academic supervisors drawn from a wide range of disciplines including Computer Science, Economics, Sociology, Information School, Journalism, Geography, Systems Engineering, Politics, Urban Studies and Planning. Students on the CDT MSc Data Analytics and Society course have free access to over 100 Datacamp courses as part of their training.

We are now recruiting 5 new fully funded studentships starting in October:

To apply, go to the CDT website. Deadline for applications: 3rd June 2018.