'Securing the future' 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. Our ‘Securing the Future’ Centres have taken in around ten students per year for five years starting in 2009 and have covered a wide range of research areas.

Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science

  • University of Bristol

This programme will fast-track graduates with science and mathematics backgrounds to acquire core engineering skills. Engineering graduates will broaden their scientific skills before specialising in industrial application. Its vision is two-fold: to deliver highly-skilled people to industry and to develop the next generation of composite materials. Expectations are that 50% of studentships would be collaborative industrial awards on projects with nearer-term application and 50% on ‘blue-sky’ projects to produce the multifunctional composite materials of the future.

Advanced Metallic Systems-Challenges in Global Competitiveness

  • University of Sheffield
  • University of Manchester

This Centre aims to underpin UK manufacturing strategy by addressing a growing doctoral skills gap in metallurgical science and engineering. It offers an exciting and interdisciplinary approach to postgraduate research training, combining an interactive, taught foundation year with a three-year doctoral level thesis project. This is supplemented by training in professional skills and project placements in industry or research institutes in the UK and overseas.

Controlled Quantum Dynamics

  • Imperial College London

The technological revolution brought about by the development of miniaturised electronic devices over the last 50 years has had an extraordinary impact on every aspect of our daily lives. These devices are now reaching the realm where individual structures are made up of only a few atoms. This has motivated researchers to study, theoretically and experimentally, how to use the laws of quantum mechanics in new ways - allowing the control of quantum dynamics of matter on the atomic scale for hitherto undreamt of applications. This Centre will educate the next generation of researchers to develop quantum technologies for the 21st century.

Sustainable Chemical Technologies

  • University of Bath

The Centre places fundamental concepts of sustainability at the core of a broad spectrum of research and training at the interface of chemistry and chemical engineering. All students will receive foundation training to supplement their undergraduate knowledge, as well as training in sustainable chemical technologies and transferable skills. Research projects will be within one of five SCT themes directed jointly by supervisors from Chemistry and Chemical Engineering with input from a wide range of industrial and international partners.

Bristol Chemical Synthesis

  • University of Bristol

Chemical Synthesis is the purposeful execution of chemical reactions in order to generate a desired product. Chemical products are the ubiquitous materials of life and society and include new and existing drugs, biologically and medicinally important biomolecules and analogues, a vast range of fine and effect chemicals, new materials, nanomaterials and polymers on which the texture and quality of our lives depend.

This EPSRC-funded Centre receives further generous support in teaching and research funding from a number of Industrial partners. The Centre has a bold vision to train a new generation of researchers for the UK chemical industry and academe. Graduates of the Centre will be leading practitioners of Chemical Synthesis and will be equipped with enhanced team-working and problem-solving skills that will enable them to address successfully the full range of molecular based problems of the future. 

Institute for Complex Systems Simulation

  • University of Southampton

Research at the Centre falls within what has come to be called complexity science, an attempt to better understand systems in which aggregate, system-level behaviour arises from the interactions between component parts in a way that is not straightforward. The growing significance of understanding and managing complex systems means that complexity science is increasingly being recognised as a critical area of enquiry by industry, government and science itself. Its doctoral programme comprises a one-year taught component followed by a three-year research component, pursuing a research project that is chosen or even defined by the student themselves.

Photonic Systems Development

  • University of Cambridge
  • University College London

This Centre will create graduates with the skills and confidence to drive future technology research, development and exploitation, as photonics becomes fully embedded in electronics-based systems applications ranging from communications to sensing, industrial manufacture and biomedicine. Working with a wide range of UK industries and studying at both Cambridge and UCL, students will study for an MRes degree in year one of the programme before advancing to the PhD degree in years two to four

Science and Application of Plastic Electronic Materials

  • Imperial College London
  • Queen Mary University of London

The applications of plastic electronics include displays, energy efficient lighting, sensors, flexible electronic circuitry, sensor arrays, solar cells, and applications in medical imaging, bio-electronics, memory devices, and more. The field is expanding rapidly yet much basic science remains to be understood. In particular the relationship between the chemical and physical properties of materials and the function of devices still need to be explored. This Centre aims to train doctoral scientists in this exciting, fast moving and interdisciplinary field.

Condensed Matter Physics

  • University of St Andrews
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Heriot Watt University

Condensed matter physics lies at the heart of many fields of modern science and technology. The courses that this Centre offers will give a thorough and internationally benchmarked graduate-level grounding in the skills of the core discipline, with an emphasis on linking theory and experiment. There will also be scope in both the research projects and in a series of summer schools to work at - and push back - its boundaries with other fields.

SECReT - Security Science

  • University College London

Reducing crime and protecting citizens from terrorism are complex processes and response to these challenges should reflect that. Security science offers interdisciplinary approaches to increasing social safety. These approaches are enhanced by engagement with the broader social, political and economic contexts within which the scientific and technological solutions might apply. Interdisciplinary training includes an in-depth understanding of the problems of crime and terrorism, risk management, law, engineering, research methods, psychology, evidence and crime science.

Systems Biology

  • University of Oxford

The focus for the Centre is in developing a systems approach to ‘bridging the gap’ between theoretical and experimental knowledge, from the level of the individual protein to the level of the whole cell or organism. Through training across the breadth of physical and life sciences techniques, students take a new perspective on research, with the knowledge, skills and ability to draw upon a range of techniques not usually found in individual researchers.

Imperial Theory and Simulation of Materials

  • Imperial College London

This Centre provides advanced training leading to an MSc and research leading to a PhD in theory and simulation of materials. The training – for mathematically-strong physical scientists and engineers – takes place in a cutting-edge educational and research environment, spanning the disciplines of physics, materials, chemistry and mechanical engineering.

Cambridge Centre for Analysis

  • University of Cambridge

The Centre targets the creation of a cohort of outstanding mathematical analysts, equipped with a broad range of skills, ready to contribute to advances in analysis and mathematical modelling in scientific and industrial contexts. An initial year of intensive training, including courses in partial differential equations, stochastic analysis and computational analysis, along with research mini-projects, is followed by a PhD dissertation in a branch of analysis or related field of application in mathematical modelling.

Lancaster University Centre, Statistics and Operational Research

  • University of Lancaster

Statistics and operational research are fundamental to today‘s data-driven decision making processes. Students will enter a vibrant research environment which will provide training at the interface of statistics and operational research. The STOR-i Centre will have a very distinctive mission, benefitting from considerable input and investment from industry and the public sector. Its shared vision is to develop highly employable people who have a proven capacity for delivering excellent research at the interface of statistics, operational research and industry and with the skills needed for effective careers.

Mathematics and Statistics Centre for Doctoral Training (MASDOC)

  • University of Warwick

The MASDOC Centre provides an integrated approach to training and research in mathematics, statistics and their applications. Based around four core themes (analysis, computation and numerical analysis, probability and statistics), this innovative programme will equip its students with a broad base of skills which they will be well prepared to apply in a range of settings, from pure research to industrial applications.