Doctoral Training Centres
Doctoral Training Centres (DTC's) are a bold new approach to training PhD students and EngD research engineers, creating communities of researchers working on current and future challenges. Bristol University has 5 such centres, all involving significant industrial collaboration in environmental science and technologies:
- The Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science DTC: The rapidly growing use of composites in aerospace and renewable energy requires a technological transformation for the UK to maintain a lead. This centre encompasses all aspects of the materials science and engineering of composite materials and will strongly support work conducted through the new National Composites Centre.
- Industrial Doctorate Centre in Systems: This provides a research and training environment designed using 'systems thinking' principles to develop tomorrow’s leaders in the heart of UK industry, delivering industrially relevant research and commercially successful innovation. Environmental technologies have featured strongly in the range of projects undertaken and current partnerships exist with companies such as Tidal Generation Ltd, Halcrow, Arup and Advanced Transport Systems Ltd.
- Doctoral Training Centre in Functional Nanomaterials: This is training a new generation of scientists in the area of functional nanomaterials to connect fundamental nanoscience with real-life applications.
- Doctoral Training Centre for Chemical Synthesis: Based in the School of Chemistry, this is training world-class PhD students, with enhanced team-working and problem-solving skills, who will create better, greener and more efficient processes for making new drugs and medicines, new materials, polymers and nanomaterials. The centre has attracted massive additional funding from leading UK pharmaceutical and fine chemical industries.
- South West Doctoral Training Centre: Established by the Universities of Bristol, Bath and Exeter, the SWDTC offers 41 ESRC studentships annually, along three different pathways; Disciplinary, Interdisciplinary and Advanced Quantitative Methods. The SWDTC presents a distinctive cadre of social science research staff and students, with established international, national and regional networks, and widely recognised research excellence.