Energy Centres for Doctoral Training

EPSRC-funded Centres for Doctoral Training provide a supportive and exciting environment for students to carry out a challenging PhD-level research project together with taught coursework. The following Centres cover research involved in creating new energy technologies and understanding the social and economic implications.

Wind Energy Systems

  • University of Strathclyde

Hydrogen Fuel Cells and their Applications

  • University of Birmingham
  • University of Loughborough
  • University of Nottingham

Four-year PhD programme of research to cover all aspects of hydrogen and fuel cell technology.

Nuclear FiRST

  • The University of Manchester

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Fission Research, Science and Technology (Nuclear FiRST) was established in January 2009 to provide a national training centre for doctoral scientists and engineers in nuclear fission science and technology.


  • University of Sheffield

Research into energy generation, storage and utilisation - together with the environmental impact of various energy industries - requires both in-depth development of specific topics and a wider appreciation of scientific, engineering, social and environmental issues. Researchers become specialists but have a wide knowledge and training that covers chemistry, physics, relevant areas of engineering and architecture, materials, biological and environmental sciences, psychology, mathematics and economics, together with an appreciation of industry needs.

Technologies for a Low Carbon Future

  • University of Leeds

This Centre aims to develop innovative technologies for a low carbon future based around key interlinking research themes: low carbon enabling technologies, transport and energy, carbon storage, and climate change and energy systems research. The Centre is integrated in an established campus-wide interdisciplinary institute which co-ordinates energy research. Students therefore work in a transformational, interdisciplinary research environment.

Energy Demand Reduction and the Built Environment

  • University College London

The Centre is a collaboration between the University College London Energy Institute and Loughborough University and supports a four-year multidisciplinary doctorate programme in energy demand reduction in buildings. The aim is to educate the next generation of highly skilled and broadly based energy researchers to lead and support the complex, multidisciplinary task of driving down energy demand and CO2 emissions from the UK building stock.

Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy (IDCore)

  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Strathclyde; together with
  • the Scottish Association for Marine Science; and
  • Hydraulics Research-Wallingford

Based within the UK's leading offshore energy research Universities and Institutes, the IDCORE programme trains industrially-focussed research engineers who will, with the help of sponsoring companies, accelerate the deployment of offshore wind, wave and tidal-current technologies in order to meet the UK's ambitious offshore renewable energy targets.

Network of Energy Centres for Doctoral Training

The Network of Energy Centres for Doctoral Training brings together all EPSRC Centres that have a focus on energy. It is a central function that provides an environment for its Centres for Doctoral Training to share expertise, network, stimulate collaboration and communicate their work to the public.