National Centres for Doctoral Training

The Faculty hosts a number of national Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) in science and engineering.

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

The centres are part of a significant government investment 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 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 following CDTs are currently open for recruitment:

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Advanced Biomedical Materials

Undertake a fully-funded, four-year EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) PhD in Advanced Biomedical Materials and form part of a strong, internationally leading cohort of interdisciplinary researchers that will help shape the future of biomedical materials research in the UK, and further afield.

Visit the Advanced Biomedical Materials website.

Advanced Metallic Systems

Advanced Metallic Systems

The EPSRC CDT in Advanced Metallic Systems is being led by The University of Sheffield in partnership with The University of Manchester. Graduates are trained in fundamental metallurgical science and engineering as well as undertaking an industry-sponsored doctoral project.

Find out more about the Advanced Metallic Systems CDT.

Aerosol Science CDT

Aerosol Science

The EPSRC CDT in Aerosol Science is being led by the University of Bristol in partnership with six other institutions of which The University of Manchester is one. The CDT is multidisciplinary, bringing together researchers across the physical, environmental and health sciences, and engineering.

Find out more about the Aerosol Science CDT.

BioDesign Engineering

BioDesign Engineering

The EPSRC CDT in BioDesign Engineering is being led by Imperial College London in partnership with The University of Manchester and University College London. This CDT will integrate data science alongside engineering and biology as the three key pillars of the training platform.

Find out more about the BioDesign Engineering CDT.

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Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing

The EPSRC CDT in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing is being led by Cardiff University in partnership with The University of Manchester and two other institutions. It has been designed to complement the aims of the world’s first Compound Semiconductor Cluster established in the UK.

Find out more about the Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing CDT.

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Future Innovation in Non-Destructive evaluation (FIND)

The FIND EPSRC CDT is being led by the University of Bristol in partnership with five institutions including The University of Manchester. This is a continuation of the previous CDT in Quantitative Non-Destructive Evaluation that ran until 2018.

Find out more about the FIND CDT.

Graphene NOWNANO (CDT in Science and Applications of Graphene and Related Nanomaterials)

Established in 2013 with EPSRC funding and now supported by The University of Manchester and industry, the Graphene NOWNANO CDT offers PhD training in science and applications of the fast-growing family of 2D materials. Working closely with the NGI and GEIC, the CDT offers a unique environment combining academic research and opportunities for innovation.

Visit the Graphene NOWNANO website.

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Integrated Catalysis

Our fully-funded, four-year EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) PhD in Integrated Catalysis (iCAT) will train students in process engineering, chemical catalysis and biological catalysis, connecting these disciplines and helping to transform the way molecules are made.

Visit the Integrated Catalysis website.

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Nuclear Energy - GREEN (Growing skills for Reliable Economic Energy from Nuclear)

The GREEN CDT is a consortium of the five universities of Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield, which aims to train the next generation of expert nuclear scientists and engineers.

Visit the Nuclear Energy - GREEN website.

The following CDTs are no longer recruiting:

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.

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.

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.

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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