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Centres for Doctoral Training

A significant proportion of the UK Research Council’s funding for postgraduate research studentships is now awarded to institutions via Centres for Doctoral Training (also known as DTC or CDT) and Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP).

The University of Manchester continues to be successful in securing CDT / DTC and DTP funding. These provide cutting-edge doctoral study within a dynamic research culture that encourages innovative, cross-disciplinary collaboration. 

The current CDT / DTCs and DTP opportunities available at the University are detailed below by research council.

Arts and Humanities Research Council

North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP)

The NWCDTP brings together the Universities of Manchester, Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester Metropolitan, the Royal Northern College of Music and Salford, awarding around 200 PhD studentships over a five-year period, starting in 2014.

CEELBAS Centre for Doctoral Training

The CEELBAS Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) pools the resources of four CEELBAS universities (UCL, Cambridge, Oxford and Manchester) to promote outstanding postgraduate research and top-quality training in the specialist field of Russian, Slavonic and East European languages and culture. 

Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, a number of Postgraduate Research Studentships are awarded by CEELBAS each year. In addition, the CEELBAS postgraduate training programme is being enhanced with the support of external partners that include the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the British Library, Pushkin House and open Democracy. 

The aim of this initiative is to train a generation of scholars whose in-depth cultural and linguistic expertise will meet a major strategic need, better equipping the UK to respond to both European and global developments.

Biotechnology and Biological Science

BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership

The University was successful in its bid for DTP status in 2012 and was awarded 63 fully funded PhD studentships over a three-year period. All DTP projects are designed to provide multidisciplinary challenges for students with backgrounds including bioscience, biomedical, mathematical and physical sciences.

Economic and Social Research Council

North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC)

The NWDTC is the largest centre in England for social science postgraduate training and is a collaboration between the Universities of Liverpool, Manchester and Lancaster.  A total of 63 postgraduate studentships across the full range of social science disciplines will be made available each year over the next five years. 

Natural Environment Research Council

NERC Doctoral Training Partnership

The University of Manchester, in partnership with the University of Liverpool and the National Oceanography Centre, hosts a DTP which is designed to train the next generation of environmental researchers focusing on the themes of atmosphere, ocean, earth and environmental sciences.  

NERC Oil and Gas Doctoral Training Centre

This DTC supports a broad range of research across the energy and environmental sectors. The University of Manchester is a core partner of the centre, joining with Heriot-Watt, Imperial College London, Aberdeen, Oxford, and Durham universities, the British Geological Survey and a further 12 associate partners (Birmingham, Camborne, Cardiff, Dundee, Glasgow, Keele, National Oceanographic Centre, Newcastle, Nottingham, Royal Holloway, Southampton and Strathclyde). The DTC will support a minimum of 90 postgraduate students, 30 of whom are expected to start in 2014/5. 

Marie Curie Initial Training Network

The University is in receipt of European funding to support a number of postgraduate research studentships across our four Faculties. To find out more contact the relevant Faculty’s office.