Search all centres, programmes and partnerships

There are currently 29 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)

Contact: Dr. Henning Flacher

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

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

Director: Prof Jeremy Tavare

Contact: Jayne Bailey (Project 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 marc@imperial.ac.uk

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 DTP (SWW DTP)

Director: Professor John Foot

Contact: Miss Chantelle Payne (DTP Manager)

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
Biomedical Sciences

Name: PhD in Neural Dynamics

Director: Professor Richard Apps

Contact: Jess McCallum

Wellcome Trust N/a
  • Neuroscience
  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Computational Neuroscience
Biomedical Sciences, Engineering, Health 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
Biomedical Sciences, Science

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

Director: Professor Antonis Papachristodoulou (Oxford)

Contact: Professor Claire Grierson (Co-Director)

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
Biomedical Sciences, Science

Name: GW4 BiomMed Doctoral Training Partnership

Director: Professor Michael Owen (Cardiff)

Contact: Professor Paul Martin (Co-Director)

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

Name: Advanced Composites for Innovation and Science

Director: Professor Paul Weaver

Contact: Miss Sarah Hallworth (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: 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, Science

Name: Industrial Doctorate Centre in Composites Manufacture

Director: Professor Ivana Partridge

Contact: Ms Jo Brooks (Centre 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 Olga Nossenko (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: Centre for Doctoral Training in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE)

Director: Professor Peter Cawley (Imperial College)

Contact: Professor Bruce Drinkwater (Co-Director)

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: Professor Mark Thompson

Contact: Andrea Watkins (Centre Manager) or Lin Burden (Administrator)

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

Name: Systems Industrial Doctorate Centre

Director: Professor Patrick Godfrey

Contact: Dr Sean Shiels (Systems Centre Manager) or Ms Sophie Causon-Wood (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 Dragan Savic (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: Becky Davies and Joanna Bird (CDT Managers)

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 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)

Contact: Professor Duncan Wass; General Enquiries

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: Bryony Spraggon (CDT Manager)

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)

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

 

Confused about the differences between different types of Doctoral Training programmes, partnerships and centres? Read our guide to Doctoral Training models explained.

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