Get the most out of your PhD study by participating in a funded placement at one of our Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs).
Collaborating across research areas, and with other institutions, allows us to provide funded PhD opportunities combined with valuable practical training.
Discover more about the CDTs we run at Manchester, and those we are part of in other areas of the country.
Advanced Biomedical Materials CDT
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 ABM CDT website
Ecology and evolution (BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership)
Researchers in our Department who specialise in ecology and evolution and geology, work on the deep history of life and study a range of living organisms and ecosystems. They have expertise in soil ecosystems, experimental evolution, proteomics, and phylogenetics, among many other topics.
Funded PhDs associated with these research areas are available through the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Doctoral Training Partnership, which offers fully-funded four-year projects.
Find out more on the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health website
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 CDT website
Integrated Catalysis CDT
Working across the disciplines of chemistry, and at the interfaces between chemical engineering and manufacturing, the iCAT CDT will prepare the next generation of leaders in the chemical industry by providing the multi-disciplinary training required to design molecules and convert them into products.
Visit the iCAT CDT website
Isotope geochemistry, cosmochemistry and planetary science (STFC)
Our planetary research group works to address key problems in the Earth, environmental and planetary sciences. Our research spans understanding the formation history of asteroids, to the volcanic history of Mars and the Moon, to the evolution of the Earth’s mantle. We study samples collected by NASA missions and are involved with space exploration missions.
Planetary science is an interdisciplinary subject and we welcome students who have studied geology, geochemistry, chemistry, physics or planetary science at degree level, and who ideally have experience of carrying out an independent research project as part of their degree.
Find out more about the available research projects in planetary science
Mathematics and Data in Scientific and Industrial Modelling (MADSIM)
Our MADSIM community is for postgraduate researchers focusing on mathematical modelling, AI and big data as well as engagement with researchers based in other departments or in industry.
Visit the MADSIM website
Nuclear Energy - GREEN (Growing skills for Reliable Economic Energy from Nuclear) CDT
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
Advanced Metallic Systems CDT
The Advanced Metallic Systems CDT was established in 2009 with a £6.3m investment from the EPSRC. The Centre is hosted jointly by the Universities of Sheffield and Manchester and builds on their international reputations in metallic materials science and engineering research. Teaching novel metallic materials and engineering solutions are essential to the success of a wide range of sectors including aerospace, automotive, oil and gas, defence and renewable energy.
Visit the Advanced Metallic Systems CDT website
Aerosol Science CDT
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.
Visit the Aerosol Science CDT website
BioDesign Engineering CDT
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.
Visit the BioDesign Engineering CDT website
EPSRC CDT in Compound Semiconductor Manufacturing (CSM)
The CDT will support postgraduate students to develop advanced knowledge and skills in compound semiconductor technology. It is a collaboration between Cardiff, Manchester, Sheffield and UCL and 24 industry partners with established expertise in CS disciplines and is open to those with a background in physics or engineering. Applications are now being accepted for 12-13 places in the 2021 intake.
Visit the CSM CDT website
The CDT in the Science and Technology of Fusion Energy is designed to create an outstanding training environment for the next generation of fusion scientists - the generation who will exploit ITER, NIF and other international experiments to make fusion energy a reality. Students have access to a range of fusion energy facilities across the UK, and international links provide access to many other fusion devices around the world.
Visit the Fusion CDT website
Future Innovation in Non-Destructive evaluation (FIND) CDT
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.
Visit the FIND CDT website