National Centres for Doctoral Training

The Faculty is to host five national Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) in science and engineering.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

The centres are part of a £350m investment by the Government and will be used to train more than 3,500 postgraduate students. It is the UK's largest investment in postgraduate training in engineering and physical sciences and will fund more than 70 new centres, including the Faculty’s four, across 23 other UK universities.

The funding – allocated by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) – will target areas vital to economic growth. The four CDTs awarded to the Faculty are:

Power Networks

The Power Networks CDT is committed to reducing CO2 emissions, which requires a fundamental transformation in how power networks are designed, operated and financed. The Centre will help ensure future networks support the electrification of energy, especially heat and transport, and encourage greater use of low carbon energy sources.

Materials for Demanding Environments

Industry requires materials to perform well in increasingly demanding environments. The complex challenges they must contend with need an interdisciplinary approach in order to be tackled effectively.

Materials for Demanding Environments (M4DE) is a new training and research hub that aims to address complex industrial challenges. Our comprehensive training programme focuses on developing interdisciplinary skills and expertise.

Computer Science

The Manchester Centre for Doctoral Training in Computer Science proposes a new model of PhD training which combines the deep technical research study associated with the UK PhD with training and practical experience in creativity and innovation and scientific evaluation, and gives students experiences practicing their research skills by working with users from outside academia.

The programme uses two integrative themes to focus students on the challenges facing the next generation of researchers in computer science rather than particular methods associated with a research community. 

Next Generation Nuclear

Next Generation Nuclear CDT is a partnership between the universities of Manchester, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool and Sheffield. The Centre’s mission is to develop the next generation of research leaders to support the UK’s present and future strategic nuclear programmes.


The EPSRC CDT in the Science and Applications of Graphene and Related Nanomaterials will train specialists with the skills to manipulate and develop new two-dimensional materials, in particular graphene, and work effectively across traditional discipline boundaries. Academic research will be complemented by direct engagement with a network of industrial partners.

Regenerative medicine

The CDT in Regenerative Medicine offers cutting-edge multidisciplinary doctoral training based on internationally-leading expertise in bioengineering, stem cells, extracellular matrix, inflammation biology and clinical translation. Our doctoral graduates will be fully equipped to be future international leaders in regenerative medicine.

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