Doctoral Training Centres

Bristol has one of the largest concentrations of funding and support for PhD research training in the UK. Grants from the UK Research Councils and other major funders support doctoral training across the whole spectrum of academic strength at Bristol.

There are a total of 29 funded Doctoral Training Programmes offering studentships at Bristol.

The University of Bristol has been successful in securing multimillion-pound funding for doctoral training programmes from UK Research Councils, the Wellcome Trust and other charitable organisations, and EU-funded innovative training networks. This funding, coupled with our top-five position in the most recent UK-wide Research Excellence Framework, means we can offer numerous opportunities for funded doctoral study in a world-class research environment.

We currently have 29 funded centres and partnerships, each offering excellent postgraduate research opportunities and supported with a wide range of skills training. Many of these funded initiatives bring together academic expertise across multiple subject areas to create interdisciplinary programmes.

Funded studentships on these programmes offer the chance to study as part of a cohort of researchers and usually cover fees and living costs. PhD students within these cohorts gain a broad ranges of skills development and knowledge that can be applied across a wide variety of careers within and outside of academia.

The Bristol Doctoral College works closely to support our Doctoral Training Centres and Doctoral Training Partnerships, coordinating a network of staff who support postgraduate researchers to share best practice in cohort-based doctoral training.

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