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Postgraduate researchCentres for Doctoral Training

Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) bring doctoral researchers from across disciplines together with industrial partners to address global challenges. Combining the research and expertise of the partners and a cohort of researchers provides a rich learning environment where postgraduate researchers are trained and supported to reach their full potential.

Typically funded by the UK Government, through UK Research and Innovation, CDTs provide four-year fully funded studentships in a range of disciplines.

Working collaboratively as a cohort of researchers our doctoral students address challenges under specific research themes.

Strathclyde Centres for Doctoral Training

At Strathclyde we have replicated this successful model to bring research intensity to specific areas of interest and to provide an enhanced level of cohort experience with additional opportunities for engagement and collaboration with other Higher Education institutions, industry and local councils. External training and industry engagement activities organised by the centres have provided researchers with opportunities to create networks and develop industry relevant skills.


  • Fluid-Structure Dynamics
  • Built Environment Futures
  • Citizen Politics and Policy
  • Advanced Functional and Engineering Polymers
  • Laser-driven Dense Plasma & Fusion Science
  • Aero-Electrical Power Systems
  • Communication Disorders
  • Fair, Innovative, and Transformative Work
  • Aerospace Science and Engineering
  • Safety and Risk Management in Transport, Energy, Manufacturing and Environmental Protection
  • Health Policy
  • Quantum Optics and Quantum Technologies
  • Industrial Biotechnology
  • Plasma-based Particle and Light Sources (P-PALS)
  • Social Transformation for Wellbeing
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Digital Health Implementation & Analytics
  • Lightweighting and Design using Advanced Materials
  • Developing Technologies to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance
  • STRAthclyde Diversity in Data LinkagE (STRADDLE)
  • Global Environmental Monitoring and Policy (GEMaP)
  • Transformative Technologies for Future Nanomedicines
  • Data Science for Studying Science, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (DS4SIE)
  • Centre for Interdisciplinary Sustainable Practices of Research in Energy (C-INSPRE)
  • Socially Progressive Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Human Centric AI in Healthcare (HAIH)
  • 5G and Advanced Communications - Technology and Applications (5G ACTA)
  • Intelligent iNformation SCience fOr SaTellIte Applications (INSCOTIA)
  • FinTech
  • Explainable AI for Industrial Decision Support
  • Industrial Quantum Technologies


Scotland wide funding & training networks

Doctoral Training Partnerships are another mechanism by which the UK Government funds, trains and supports doctoral students.