Search all centres, programmes and partnerships

There are currently 33 bodies offering funded, cohort-based doctoral training opportunities at the University of Bristol, covering key research areas across all faculties. The table below provides information about all organisations, programmes, partnerships and doctoral training centres open to prospective research students.

Contact information for centres, programmes and partnerships
CDT/Programme/PartnershipFunderPartnersResearch areasFaculty

Name: Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science

Director: Prof. Stephen Fairhurst (Cardiff)

Bristol lead: Dr. Henning Flaecher

Contact: Rosemary Granger (Manager)

Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)
  • Cardiff University (lead)
  • University of Swansea
  • Physics
  • Astronomy
Science

Name: GW4 Clinical Academic Training (GW4-CAT) PhD Programme

Director: Prof Jeremy Tavare

Contact: Dr Jayne Bailey (Programme Manager) or Tracey Jarvis (Programme Administrator)

Wellcome Trust (WT)
  • Cardiff University
  • University of Exeter
  • Population health
  • Cardiovascular sciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Mental health
  • Infection, immunity & repair
  • Cancer or molecular cell biology
Health Sciences

Name: GW4 FRESH CDT

Director: Dr. Isabelle Durance 

Contact: Penny Johnes (Bristol Co-Director) or General enquiries

Natural Environment Research Council
  • Cardiff University (lead)
  • Bath University
  • University of Exeter
  • Freshwater ecosystems
  • Biodiversity
  • Freshwater sustainability
  • Impact of climate change 
Science

Name: MRC Addiction Research Clinical Training (MARC)

Director: Anne Lingford-Hugues (Imperial College)

Contact: Prof Matt Hickman (Co-Director) or April Haesler (administrator)

Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • Imperial College London (lead)
  • Kings College London
  • Population Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Human genetics
  • Bioinformatics
Health Sciences

Name: PhD in Integrative Cardiovascular Science

Director: Prof Alastair W Poole

Contact: Jess McCallum

British Heart Foundation (BHF) N/a
  • Cell and molecular biology
  • Cardiovascular physiology
  • Biochemistry and pharmacology
  • Clinical science
  • Population health
Health Sciences

Name: South, West and Wales Consortium: Ground-breaking research training in the Arts and Humanities

Director: Professor John Foot

Contact: Miss Chantelle Payne (DTP Manager) or Rose Jones (DTP Administrator) or Alex Leadley (DTP Deputy Manager, Training and Collaboration Facilitator)

Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • Aberystwyth University
  • University of Bath
  • Bath Spa University
  • Cardiff University
  • University of Exeter
  • University of Reading
  • University of Southampton
  • Archaeology
  • Celtic Studies
  • Classics & Ancient History
  • Creative Writing
  • Drama, Film & Television
  • English
  • History, History of Art
  • Law
  • Modern languages
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Theology & Religious Studies
Arts

Name: PhD in Dynamic Molecular Cell Biology

Director: Professor Pete Cullen

Contact: Jess McCallum

Wellcome Trust N/a
  • Multiprotein complexes in gene maintenance and expression
  • Dynamic organisation, regulation and re-modelling of the cytoskeleton
  • Molecular complexes involved in protein translocation and trafficking
  • Cell organisation, morphogenesis and tissue function
  • Cancer, neuroscience, infection and immunity, cardiovascular biology
Life Sciences

Name: PhD in Neural Dynamics

Director: Professor Richard Apps

Contact: General enquiries

Wellcome Trust N/a
  • Neuroscience
  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Computational Neuroscience
Life Sciences

Name: South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (SWBio DTP)

Director: Professor Leo Brady

Contact: Dr Samantha Southern

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
  • University of Bath
  • Cardiff University
  • University of Exeter
  • Rothamsted Research
  • Agriculture and food security
  • Bioscience
Life Sciences

Name: Synthetic Biology Centre for Doctoral Training (SynBio CDT)

Director: Professor Antonis Papachristodoulou (Oxford)

Contact: Kathleen Sedgley (Centre Manager) or Centre Administrator

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
  • University of Oxford (lead)
  • University of Warwick
  • Systems Biology
  • Systems Approaches to Biomedical Sciences
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Interdisciplinary Bioscience
  • Synthesis for Medicine and Biology
  • Biomedical Imaging
Life Sciences

Name: GW4 BiomMed Doctoral Training Partnership

Director: Professor Colin Dayan (Cardiff)

Contact: Sarah Brasher (Centre Manager) or Professor David Sheppard (Bristol contact)

Medical Research Council
  • Cardiff University (lead)
  • University of Bath
  • University of Exeter
  • Infection, Immunity and Repair
  • Neuroscience and Mental Health
  • Population Health
Life Sciences

Name: EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Composites Science, Engineering and Manufacturing

Director: Professor Steve Eichhorn

Contact: Miss Nikki Horrobin (CDT Manager)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council N/a
  • Composites research
  • Morphing structures
  • Multifunctional materials
  • Innovative manufacturing solutions
Engineering

Name: Bristol Centre of Complexity Sciences (BCCS)

Director: Professor John Hogan

Contact: Matthew Guppy (Manager) for general enquires

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council N/a
  • Various interdisciplinary projects around the theme of complexity sciences
Engineering, Science

Name: Centre for Doctoral Training in Communications

Director: Professor David Bull

Contact: Professor Mark Beach (Centre Manager) and Miss Suzanne Binding (Administrator)

Engineering N/a
  • Communication Systems & Networks
  • Visual Information
  • High Performance Networks
  • Intelligent Systems
Engineering

Name: Industrial Doctorate Centre in Composites Manufacture

Director: Professor Ivana Partridge

Contact: Miss Maria Aviles (Manager)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • Cranfield University
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Nottingham
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive
  • Marine
  • Wind energy
  • Construction
Engineering

Name: Future Autonomous and Robotic Systems: FARSCOPE

Director: Dr Arthur Richards

Contact: Sally Birse (CDT Manager) or Michael Secker (Administrative Assistant)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • University of the West of England
  • Robotics - advanced control
  • Computing
  • Soft robotics
  • Autonomous systems
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computer vision
  • Human-robot interaction
Engineering

Name: EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Innovation in Non-Destructive evaluation (FIND)

Director: Professor Peter Cawley (Imperial College)

Contact: Professor Bruce Drinkwater (Co-Director); or contact https://www.find-cdt.ac.uk/ for general enquiries

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • Imperial College London (lead)
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Nottingham
  • University of Warwick
  • Enhancing Quantitative NDE
  • Delivering Quantitative NDE
  • NDE for Quantitative Monitoring & Smart structures
Engineering

Name: Quantum Engineering

Director: Dr Peter Turner

Contact: Sorrel Johnson (Centre Manager) or Lin Burden (Administrator) or general enquiries

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council N/a
  • Quantum computing and simulation
  • Quantum communications
  • Quantum sensing and metrology
  • Underpinning quantum technologies
Engineering, Science

Name: Industrial Doctorate Centre in Systems

Director: Professor Patrick Godfrey

Contact: Dr Sean Shiels (Systems Centre Manager) or Ms Sophie Causon-Wood/Ms Cara Richards (Systems Centre Admin)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • University of Bath
  • Design, product & technology development
  • Decision support
  • Sustainability
  • Process, development & organisational change
Engineering

Name: Water Informatics: Science and Engineering (WISE)

Director: Professor David Butler (Exeter)

Contact: General enquiries; Professor Thorsten Wagener (Co-Director)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • University of Exeter (lead)
  • University of Bath
  • Cardiff University
  • Sustainable management of water resources and systems
  • Environmental protection
  • Water utility infrastructure
  • Sound water science and engineering approaches
  • Policy, consumer behaviour, new economic models and ecosystem services
Engineering

Name: PhD in Molecular, Genetic and Lifecourse Epidemiology

Director: Professor George Davey Smith

Contact: Sharen O'Keefe (Administrator)

Wellcome Trust N/a Health Sciences

Name: Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials

Director: Dr Annela Seddon

Contact: Joanna Bird (CDT Manager) or Leanne Jeremy (PG Administrator)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council N/a
  • Energy: Generation, conservation and storage
  • Technology and Innovation
  • Mesoscopic Materials and Devices
  • Health and Life Sciences
Science

Name: Centre for Doctoral Training in Technology Enhanced Chemical Synthesis

Director: Professor Kevin Booker-Milburn

Contact: Dr Laura Broad (CDT Course Manager), Ms Mar Ruiz (CDT Admin Manager)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council N/a
  • New scaffolds for medicines and agrochemicals
  • Cleaner synthesis
  • Design of new functional molecules
  • Synthetic methodologies
  • Natural product chemistry
  • Designer ligands for catalysis
Science

Name: Centre for Doctoral Training in Catalysis

Director: Professor Graham Hutchings (Cardiff)

Bristol lead: Professor Duncan Wass

Contact: Helen Whitfield

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • Cardiff University (lead)
  • University of Bath
  • Heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis
  • Reaction engineering
Science

Name: Centre for Doctoral Training in Condensed Matter Physics

Director: Professor Stephen Hayden

Contact: Briony Spraggon (CDT Manager) or Leanne Jeremy (Centre Administrator) can be reached via cdt-cmp@bristol.ac.uk

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • University of Bath
  • Superconductors
  • Novel magnetic materials
  • Single atomic layer crystals (graphene and related 2D materials)
  • Plasmonic structures
  • Metamaterials
  • Power electronics
  • Optoelectronics
  • Instrumentation and sensor development
Science

Name: Centre for Doctoral Training in Diamond Science and Technology

Director: Professor Mark Newton (Warwick)

Contact: Professor Paul May (Co-Director) or General Enquiries

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • University of Warwick (lead)
  • Aberystwyth University
  • Cardiff University
  • Imperial College London
  • Newcastle University
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Strathclyde
  • Electronics & Devices
  • Geophysics
  • Manufacturing
  • Measurement & Sensing
  • Theory & Computation
  • Medical, Biophysics & Biochemistry
  • Optics & Photonics
  • Quantum Technologies
Science

Name: NERC GW4+ Doctoral Training Partnership

Director: Professor Paul Valdes

Contact: General enquiries

Natural Environment Research Council
  • University of Bath
  • Cardiff University
  • University of Exeter
  • Natural Hazards
  • Biogeochemical Cycles
  • Genomes and Evolution
  • Ecology, Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Atmospheres, Oceans and Ice
  • Climate Change, Impacts, and Sustainability
  • Water
Science

Name: Centre for Doctoral Training in Theory and Modelling in Chemical Sciences

Director: Professor David Logan (Oxford)

Contact: Professor Fred Manby (Co-Director) or General Enquiries

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • University of Oxford (lead)
  • University of Southampton
  • Theoretical and computational chemistry
  • Software development
Science

Name: South West Doctoral Training Partnership

Director: Professor Sally Barnes

Contact: Sonja Ho (Manager) or Joanna Williams (Administrator)

Economic and Social Research Council
  • University of Bath
  • University of Exeter
  • Plymouth University
  • University of the West of England
  • Various - please see the prospectus entries for particular programmes for further details of school and departmental research groups
Social Sciences & Law

Name: Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Health and Care

Director: Professor Ian Craddock

Contact: Centre Manager

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council N/a
  • Digital health
  • Digital technologies - e.g. smartphone apps, wearables, monitors
  • Long-term health conditions & management
  • Data security and privacy
  • Interdisciplinary approaches
Engineering, Science

Name: Centre for Doctoral Training in Aerosol Science

Director: Professor Jonathan Reid

Contact: Centre Administrator

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • University of Bath
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • Imperial College London
  • University of Leeds
  • The University of Manchester
  • Basic aerosol processes
  • Environmental aerosol
  • Aerosols and health
  • Measurement techniques
  • Aerosol technology
Science, Engineering

Name: Centre for Doctoral Training in Trust, Identity, Privacy and Security in Large-scale Infrastructures (TIPS-at-Scale)

Director: Professor Awais Rashid (Bristol lead, Director) and Professor Adam Joinson (Bath lead, Deputy Director)

Contact: Fionnuala Hill (CDT Manager)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • University of Bath
  • Cyber Security
Science, Engineering

Name: Centre for Doctoral Training in Computational Statistics and Data Science: COMPASS

Director: Dr. Nick Whiteley

Contact: Harriet Lee (CDT Manager)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council N/a
  • Computational statistics
  • Data science
Science, Engineering

Name: UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Interactive Artificial Intelligence

Director: Professor Peter Flach

Deputy Director: Dr Paul Marshall

Contact: Professor Peter Flach

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council N/a
  • Machine learning
  • Uncertainty modelling
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Computational logic for AI
  • Responsible innovation & enterprise in AI
Engineering

Name: EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Energy Futures

Director: Dr Mark Wenman (Imperial)

Bristol Contact: Ms Krissy Stothard

Imperial Contact: Mr Jonathan Tate

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • Imperial College London (lead)
  • Bangor University
  • Open University
  • University of Cambridge
  • Advanced Reactor Technology
  • Structural Integrity
  • Nuclear Materials
  • Nuclear Waste Management
  • Decommissioning and Disposal
  • Fusion
  • Policy Regulation and Risk
  • Control and Instrumentation
Engineering; Science

Name: UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Advanced Computing

Bristol Contact: Dr Henning Flaecher

General enquiries: cdt-aimlac@swansea.ac.uk

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • Swansea University
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Machine learning
Science

 

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