Doctoral Training Centres

UCL has the largest allocation of prestigious doctoral training centres of any UK university. These multi-disciplinary centres bring together various areas of expertise and offer unique opportunities and a dynamic environment for PhD student training. 

Programmes are funded for four years. The first year includes taught elements for developing research and transferable skills as well as a research element to explore potential PhD-level topics. 

UCL has doctoral training centres funded by the EPSRC in:

one centre funded by the ESRC in:

one centre funded by NERC:

  • The London Natural and Environmental Centre (with Imperial College London and King's College London)

two centres funded by AHRC:

and one centre funded by BBSRC:

  • The Biological Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership (with King's College London, Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Royal Veterinary College).

Further details of UCL's EPSRC doctoral training centres can be found at: and UCL's ESRC doctoral training centre at: