Centres for Doctoral Training

Centres for Doctoral Training

Within UKCRIC Institutions are Centres for Doctoral Training funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

The EPSRC & NERC Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) train future leaders for industry and research and thus provide a different type of doctoral training experience to a conventional PhD. While the CDT experience retains the depth, rigour and focus of a conventional PhD, it also provides a broader training experience. The CDTs' multi-disciplinary research teams work closely with industry to develop and train future engineers with technical interdisciplinary skills and an understanding of how to make cities productive, sustainable, resilient and healthy places for people to live.

The Centres are committed to developing the new generation of highly-skilled professionals needed to meet the challenges facing the infrastructure, energy, transport and sustainability sectors, training people to be effective at cross-disciplinary team working and who appreciate how their research relates to major sustainable engineering challenges.

CDTs provide an innovative and flexible, cohort-based training programme with an ethos of responsible innovation and equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) at its core. 

CDTs in UKCRIC Institutions


CDT title Abbreviation UKCRIC Institution Website
Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems  AAPS University of Bath https://iaaps.co.uk/study-with-us/ 
Energy Resilience and the Built Environment  ERBE MaREI Centre https://erbecdt.ac.uk/ 
University College London
Loughborough University
Energy Storage and its Applications  ESA University of Sheffield https://energystorage-cdt.ac.uk
Freshwater Biosciences and Sustainability GW4 FRESH University of Exeter https://gw4fresh.co.uk/
Fuel Cells and their Fuels  HFC University of Birmingham https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/chemical-engineering/energy-chemical/fuel-cells/cdt/index.aspx
Future Infrastructure and Built Environment  FIBE2 University of Cambridge https://www.fibe-cdt.eng.cam.ac.uk/
Geoscience and the Low Carbon Energy  GeoNetZero Herriot-Watt University  https://geo-net-zero.hw.ac.uk/
Growing skills for Reliable Economic Energy from Nuclear GREEN University of Manchester https://www.nuclear-energy-cdt.manchester.ac.uk
New & Sustainable Photovoltaics  CDT-PV University of Sheffield https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/new-and-sustainable-photovoltaics/
Nuclear Energy Futures NEF University of Bristol https://www.imperial.ac.uk/nuclear-cdt/
Imperial College London
Offshore Renewable Energy  IDCORE University of Edinburgh https://www.idcore.ac.uk
Oil and Gas O&G Herriot-Watt University  https://nerc-cdt-oil-and-gas.ac.uk/
Power Networks  PN University of Manchester https://www.power-networks-cdt.manchester.ac.uk
Sustainable Civil Engineering  SCE Imperial College London https://www.imperial.ac.uk/sustainable-civil-engineering/
Sustainable Electric Propulsion  SEP Newcastle University https://research.ncl.ac.uk/electric-propulsion/
Sustainable Infrastructure for Cities SICities University of Southampton https://cdt-sicities.soton.ac.uk
Sustainable Infrastructure Systems SIS University of Southampton http://www.cdt-sis.soton.ac.uk/
Water and Waste Infrastructure and Services Engineered for Resilience Water-WISER  Cranfield University https://www.waterwisercdt.ac.uk 
University of Leeds
Loughborough University
Water Informatics, Science and Engineering WISE University of Bristol http://wisecdt.org.uk
University of Exeter
Water Infrastructure and Resilience  WIRe  Cranfield University https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/themes/water/wire-cdt
Wind and Marine Energy Systems and Structures WAMSS University of Edinburgh https://www.eng.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate/degrees/cdt/wind-and-marine-energy-systems-and-structures
University of Oxford