Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) manage the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) PhD funded degrees in the UK.

Our CDTs, also known as Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs), work to increase interdisciplinary research activities to boost the flow of postgraduate researchers in particular subject areas. They bring together diverse areas of expertise and internationally recognised researchers to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to address global issues.

Each centre provides excellent supervision, intensive research training and a supportive environment. Funded opportunities are available alongside intensive researcher and professional skills training for UK and EU candidates (international candidates should contact the centre directly for information about funding eligibility).

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

The EPSRC currently funds more than 70 CDTs. Their postgraduate researchers, funded for four years, benefit from training in technical and transferrable skills alongside the research element of the programme.

The CDTs provide a supportive environment for students, creating new working cultures and helping to build relationships between teams in universities and forge lasting links with industry.

The following are based at the University of Leeds: 

Partner centres

We have a number of EPSRC CDTs in partnership with other institutions:

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

The ESRC currently funds two CDTs which deliver training in focused, thematic interdisciplinary research areas. CDTs are intended to pump prime the development of training in new and emerging areas and are led by research leaders in the field.

The Centre for Data Analytics and Society is based at the University of Leeds with partners at the universities of Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield.

The postgraduate researchers, funded for four years, benefit from training in data analytics and transferrable skills alongside the research element of the programme. The CDT provides a supportive environment for students, creating new working cultures and helping to build relationships between teams in universities and forge lasting links with industry.

Doctoral Training Partnerships

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funds a national network of 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs). The DTPs cover all social science disciplines as well as areas of interdisciplinary research.

The University of Leeds is part of the White Rose Consortium, a collaboration with the University of York and the University of Sheffield (the lead institution). The ESRC-accredited White Rose DTP, is one of the biggest in the UK supporting postgraduate researchers in the social sciences. It strives to deliver excellent supervision, first-class researcher training and vibrant intellectual environments for postgraduate researchers enabling them to participate in national and international networks of industrial partners, opinion formers, policy makers and academics.