Centres for Doctoral Training

UCL has a large number of students funded through Doctoral Training Programmes (DTPs) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs).

Find a unique opportunity

These multi-disciplinary centres bring together various areas of expertise and offer unique opportunities and a dynamic environment for PhD student training.  

Programmes are usually funded for four years. These positions are usually only open to applicants resident in the UK for at least three years prior to their application. Requirements do vary, so please check individual centres. The first year typically includes taught elements for developing research and transferable skills as well as a research element to explore potential PhD-level topics. 


The UK has now formally left the EU. Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland who start their programme of study in 2021 or later should check our FAQs for EU students for the most up to date information on how Brexit could effect funding.

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)

  • London Interdisciplinary PhD Consortium (with King's College London, Queen Mary University of London, Birkbeck, University of London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Royal Veterinary College). 

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Economics and Social Research Council (BBSRC and ESRC)

Economics and Social Research Council

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Science and Technology Funding Council