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 (now closed)
  • Citizen Politics and Policy (now closed)
  • 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 (now amalgamated into the SCDT in Futureproofing and Care Delivery)
  • Lightweighting and Design using Advanced Materials
  • Developing Technologies to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance
  • STRAthclyde Diversity in Data LinkagE (STRADDLE) (now amalgamated into the SCDT in Futureproofing and Care Delivery)
  • 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) (now amalgamated into the SCDT in Futureproofing and Care Delivery)
  • 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
  • Inspiring Children's Futures
  • Sustainable Development
  • Urban Policy, Planning & Technology
  • Neurotechnology
  • Futureproofing Health & Care Delivery via Data Driven, Human Centric Digital Technologies

Scotland wide funding & training networks

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

  • The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) is the UK's largest facilitator of funding, training and support for doctoral students in social science. By combining the expertise of sixteen universities across Scotland, including Strathclyde, the school facilitates world-class PhD research. The school is funded jointly by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). The SGSSS is the home of the ESRC DTP
  • Scottish Universities Partnership for Environmental Research (SUPER) Doctoral Training Partnership, The SUPER DTP is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and is associated to the Graduate School of the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS), of which Strathclyde is a partner
  • The Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH)  is the world’s first national graduate school in the Arts and Humanities. The School works in partnership with sixteen HEIs, including Strathclyde, to offer unparalleled training and support to doctoral researchers. The school is funded jointly by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). The SGSAH is the home of the AHRC DTP