UCL Graduate degrees


Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs)

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

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.

Click on the links below to find out what funding is available from the various Doctoral Training Programmes (DTPs) and Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs):

CDTs funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

CDT funded by the 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). 

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

CDTs funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

DTP funded by the Economics and Social Research Council

DTPs and Research Studentships funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC)

DTP funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

CDT funded by the Science and Technology Funding Council

CDT funded by UK Research and Innovation

Wellcome Trust Doctoral Centres at UCL

Other Doctoral Programmes in life and medical sciences

* Activity or Centre in which UCL is not lead-partner