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UCL EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training

UCL is proud to host 17 Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT), funded through the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC), and in partnership with research leading Industrial and Higher Education Institutes. Our CDT's focus on specific research and skills gaps, providing cutting-edge doctoral training within a diverse research culture. The numerous collaborations encourage innovation and provide unique experiences to work in cross-disciplinary partnerships.

The four year funded programme allows students to work on real-impact research, forge links within industry and build relationships across teams at universities. The CDT provides a unique environment to study within, creating a supportive, and motivating environment to cultivate the necessary skills, knowledge and confidence for its alumni to go on to tackle today's evolving issues and future challenges.


Why study within a CDT? 

There are real benefits to studying within a CDT, including:

  • Competitive stipend 
  • Increased student experience from training as part of a cohort
  • Opportunities to engage with numerous research leading industrial and academic partners
  • Enhanced training opportunities; for both professional and personal development
  • Access to build life long connections with industrial and academic institutes

Each student will work on their own research project, that matches their individual talents and interests but also contributes to the overall aim of the Centre. The breath of research covered by of our Centres means that although each offers a different learning experience, their combination creates a vibrant and diverse community for students to join.

Centre for Doctoral Training in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the Advanced Characterisation of Materials
Training scientists to be experts in the application of advanced analytical techniques for materials development.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Therapeutics and Nanomedicines

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Therapeutics and Nanomedicines
In partnership with Nottingham University, we aim to train the next generation of leaders within the pharmaceutical sector.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Imaging
Clinicians and Engineers across UCL co-supervise on innovative, multi-disciplinary PhD projects with real-life application for the healthcare sector.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Bioprocess Engineering Leadership

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Bioprocess Engineering Leadership
Training the next generation of bioprocess engineers capable of exploiting novel manufacturing technologies and advances in synthetic biology

Centre for Doctoral Training in Emergent Macromolecular Therapies

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Emergent Macromolecular Therapies
A national capability for training highly skilled future leaders and researchers for the UK biopharmaceutical and healthcare biotechnology sectors

Centre for Doctoral Training in Geometry and Number Theory

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Geometry and Number Theory
Unique programme for Pure Mathematicians leading to cutting edge research at the forefront of Geometry and Number Theory

Centre for Doctoral Training in Mathematics & Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology (CoMPLEX)

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology (CoMPLEX)
Bringing together life and medical scientists with mathematicians, physical & computer scientists and engineers to tackle the challenges arising from complexity in biology and medicine.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Urban Sustainability and Resilience

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Urban Sustainability and Resilience
Our vision is to be an internationally-leading interdisciplinary centre for research on how to design and adapt cities and urban systems of infrastructures to be both sustainable and resilient.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Demand

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Demand
Vision and leadership for a sustainable built environment. Our vision is to undertake world class research addressing timely challenges and train a new generation of multi-disciplinary thinkers and innovators capable of engineering a smart, low-energy future.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Financial Computing and Analytics

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Financial Computing and Analytics
We are the first major collaboration between the financial services industry and academia (UCL, LSE and Imperial College London), offering training in financial IT, computational finance, financial engineering and business analytics. The Centre has received £8m backing from the UK Government and support from twenty leading financial institutions

Centre for Doctoral Training in Integrated Photonic & Electronic Systems

Integrated Photonic & Electronic Systems
Established through combining the two world leading UK universities expertise in photonics, and leveraging their strong collaborations in research and innovation, we train postgraduate students using innovative teaching & learning techniques, and close collaboration with leading companies and research centres worldwide

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training In Molecular Modelling and Materials Science

Molecular Modelling and Materials Science
Our training covers a broad range of topics, spanning technical computer modelling techniques & material science, to business development & project management. This is combined with professional development, knowledge transfer and responsible innovation to provide our students with a comprehensive skill set, inclusive of generic and transferable skills.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Delivering Quantum Technologies

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Delivering Quantum Technologies
Quantum technologies involve the control and manipulation of quantum states to achieve results not possible with classical matter. Our Centre combines a team of almost forty academic experts with a network of international partners, and key players from commerce & government to train the field’s future leaders.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Science & Engineering, Arts, Heritage and Archaeology

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering, Arts, Heritage and Archaeology
A partnership of UCL, University of Oxford and University of Brighton, SEAHA aims to train 60 doctoral students over 8 years. Working with heritage & industry partners, our students create, innovate or use sensors, instrumentation, imaging, digital and creative technologies to improve our understanding of heritage, to develop science and engineering capabilities and to benefit the economy

Centre for Doctoral Training in Fuel Cells and Their Fuels

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fuel Cells and Their Fuels
By exploring global energy problems, our aim is to train a new generation of scientists and engineers to address interdisciplinary challenges involved in the transition to a sustainable energy future.

Centre for Doctoral Training in Security and Crime Science

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Security and Crime Science
PhD training centre for multidisciplinary security and crime related research

Centre for Doctoral Training in Virtual Environments, Interaction & Visualisation

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Virtual Environments, Interaction and Visualisation
Our projects advance the science and engineering of computational capture, rendering and simulation in a diverse range of applications