Have you ever thought about a PhD? This might be the right time…

“Scientists and engineers are vital to our economy and society” former Science Minister David Willetts said.

£350 million have been invested in 72 new Centres of Doctoral Training (CDTs) which will support over 3,500 postgraduate students in engineering and physical sciences.  The CDTs builds on strong partnerships between universities and industry, which has proved to be a successful collaboration strategy.

The EPSRC funding is targeted at key priority areas in order to inspire innovation and economic growth: rail is one of these.

RSSB, on behalf of the rail industry, together with Network Rail, ATOC and RIA, is supporting five Centres.  Click on the links below to find out more and apply for a studentship:

CDTs in the news: The Times Higher Education: EPSRC calls for more CDT cash


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
EPSRC is the UK’s main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences. EPSRC invests around £800 million a year in research and postgraduate training, to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change. The areas covered range from information technology to structural engineering, and mathematics to materials science. This research forms the basis for future economic development in the UK and improvements for everyone’s health, lifestyle and culture. EPSRC works alongside other Research Councils with responsibility for other areas of research. The Research Councils work collectively on issues of common concern via Research Councils UK.

Centres for Doctoral Training
Centres for Doctoral Training are one of the three main ways by which EPSRC provides support for Doctoral Training. The other routes are the Doctoral Training Grant and Industrial Case Studentships. It is anticipated that much of the need for doctoral students in many areas will continue to be met by the DTG and International Council of Associations for Science Education (ICASE), which together make up more than 50 percent of EPSRC’s current spend on studentships.

CDTs students are funded for four years and the programme includes technical and transferrable skills training as well as a research element. The centres bring together diverse areas of expertise to train engineers and scientists with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle today’s evolving issues, and future challenges. They also provide a supportive and exciting environment for students, create new working cultures, build relationships between teams in universities and forge lasting links with industry.

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