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Doctoral Training Partnerships: funding for studentships

PhD studentships offered by Doctoral Training Partnerships provide innovative and exciting programmes that address the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

A significant proportion of UK studentship funding is awarded to institutions through these Doctoral Training Partnerships. The University of Liverpool continues to be successful in securing this funding.

You can access studentships through the following Doctoral Training Partnerships:

  • ESRC North West Doctoral Training Centre

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    The North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC) is the largest Economic and Social Research Centre (ESRC) funded DTC in England, awarding a minimum of 63 new postgraduate studentships per year to support research and training at master’s and doctoral level.

    The NWDTC is one of 21 DTCs in the UK and brings together the Universities of Lancaster, Liverpool and Manchester. Studentships are available across the full range of social science disciplines and students have access to research expertise across the three constituent Universities.

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  • EPSRC CDT in New and Sustainable Photovoltaics

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    A multicentre team composed of seven universities - Liverpool, Bath, Sheffield, Loughborough, Southampton, Oxford and Cambridge - that will train highly-skilled students capable of transforming state-of-the-art research and development across the sustainable energy and PV sectors. This will in turn aid the country to achieve its renewable energy obligations, and will generate jobs in the technology sectors.

    The funding for this CDT is part of an overall sum of £350m, invested by the Government and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, which represents the UK's largest investment in postgraduate training in engineering and physical sciences. Within this CDT, funding is coupled with industry support which will allow the centre's research outputs to have a direct impact on the skills and knowledge base of the energy sector.

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  • EPSRC CDT in Risk and Uncertainty

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    This CDT is jointly funded by EPSRC and ESRC, the University of Liverpool, 36 industrial and academic partners. The CDT partners will provide workplaces and supervision for PhD students during industrial placements as well as training at summer schools and workshops.

    The CDT will address industrial and societal needs, at the local and global scales, which arise from the rapidly growing complexity of systems of various kinds, their environment and associated risks and uncertainties. It provides a unique opportunity for training PhDs who are able to communicate across the boundaries of the old disciplines of engineering, mathematics, economics, the environmental sciences and psychology.

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  • Wellcome Trust DTP in Cellular and Molecular Physiology

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    The study of the cellular and molecular basis of cell function and regulation has been and still is one of the major growth areas in biology. This will continue as data from the Human Genome Project will provide a substantial resource and pose many new unanswered questions about the cellular roles of novel proteins. The Liverpool 4-year Programme was the first to be funded by the Wellcome Trust and has been running since 1994.

    The Physiological Laboratory in Liverpool is widely recognised as an international centre of excellence for research in cellular and molecular physiology. Our school was the first Wellcome Trust-funded 4-year PhD school in the UK (established in Liverpool in 1994). We have considerable experience in providing high quality PhD training based on the exceptionally strong research expertise of our Department.

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  • NW England MRC Fellowship Scheme in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics

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    This innovative Clinical Fellowship scheme is funded by the MRC and seeks to develop the Clinical Pharmacology assets required by the UK, as outlined by the Office for Life Sciences in its recent report.

    Utilising the combined strengths of the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester, the programme focuses on the broad themes of Stratified Medicines and Drug Safety, in the clinical areas of:

    • Paediatrics
    • Infectious diseases
    • Inflammation and repair (e.g. respiratory medicine, inflammatory skin disease, diabetes, endocrine sciences)

    A significant strength of the programme is the linkage with organ specialties and themes in both universities. This provides trainees with:

    • Access to patients with a variety of diseases
    • Access to clinical research facilities (at the Royal Liverpool Hospital and the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility in Manchester)
    • Access to accredited clinical trials units
    • Access state-of-the-art technologies and research facilities in industry

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  • Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

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    A four-year doctoral training programme in which year 1 is a flexible training year to equip students with generic, transferable and project-specific skills that underpin modern bioscience research. In years 2-4, students will continue to develop their skills and understanding through a bespoke structured programme that offers:

    • An opportunity for the next generation of young researchers to address outstanding scientific questions in the biosciences
    • An exceptional programme of research training which emphasises the interdisciplinary nature of modern biology
    • The use of cutting edge technologies and state-of the-art facilities to deliver world-class results
    • Around 16 fully-funded studentships across the partnership each year

    Your PhD project will be jointly supervised by academics from more than one partner institution and you will receive the highest levels of support and training that are tailored to individual and project needs. The range of additional events and interactions available make BBSRC studentships an outstanding training opportunity for a career addressing the challenges in 21st century bioscience.

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  • AHRC NW Consortium DTP

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    A North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP), led by The University of Manchester, has been awarded £14 million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to train a new generation of skilled researchers. Bringing together the Universities of Manchester, Keele, Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester Metropolitan, the Royal Northern College of Music and Salford it will award around 200 PhD studentships over a 5 year period.

    It will nurture the development of broader skills such as partnership working, language skills and the development of students’ skills and experience in working outside academia, for example, through industry and international placements.

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  • NERC DTP in Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment (ACCE)

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    ACCE is a partnership between the Universities of Sheffield, Liverpool and York, and the NERC’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) providing doctoral training in the biological components of the natural environment and related disciplines. ACCE is the only DTP with a clear emphasis on the biological component of environmental research making it a natural choice if you wish to undertake a PhD in biological research and related disciplines.

    By including related disciplines ACCE is also able to provide a multidisciplinary environment to the benefit of students, bringing together biologists, mathematicians, engineers, geoscientists, analytical chemists, archaeologists and policy experts to allow students to graduate as excellent scientists and with skills much sought after in today’s job market.

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  • Manchester and Liverpool Doctoral Training Programme - Understanding the Earth, Atmosphere and Ocean

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    Students will be hosted at one of the three lead partners (The Universities of Manchester and Liverpool, together with the National Oceanographic Centre), and registered for a PhD at the University of Manchester or Liverpool. Research projects may be exclusive or collaborative – but the training programme will be provided jointly, exposing students to the breadth of research in the environmental sciences, while at the same time developing them as cutting-edge scientists in their chosen field.

    The studentships are for 3.5 years with a possible extension to 4 years in exceptional circumstances and organized within the three research themes of atmospheric sciences, ocean sciences and earth and environmental sciences. With partner institutions in the public and private sector, the DTP also offers students opportunities to work away from their home base with targeted needs-based training augmented by collaborations with research and industrial partners.

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  • EPSRC CDT in Fusion

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    The Centre for Doctoral Training in the Science and Technology of Fusion Energy will train at least 77 PhD students in disciplines related to fusion energy over 5 intakes (2014-2018).

    Benefiting from £3.6M of funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council this training programme is the result of a collaboration between five of the UK's top universities - Durham, Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford and York - and world-class research institutes, including Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Central Laser Facility, National Nuclear Laboratory, AWE, National Ignition Facility, ITER and Fusion for Energy, as well as industry such as Frazer-Nash and AMEC.

    The CDT provides training in a range of fusion-relevant disciplines: materials science, plasma physics, nuclear physics, technology, laser physics, instrumentation, etc. with access to a range of fusion energy facilities across the UK and around the world. The combination of world-leading experts and world-class facilities creates an outstanding training environment for the next generation of fusion scientists - the generation who will exploit ITER, NIF and other international experiments to make fusion energy a reality.

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  • EPSRC CDT in Next Generation Nuclear

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    The mission of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Fission - Next Generation Nuclear (NGN), is to develop future research leaders to support the UK’s strategic nuclear programmes including nuclear legacy clean-up, new build power stations, and defence and security. The University of Manchester operates in partnership with Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool and Sheffield, and works with all the UK’s major industrial and regulatory bodies including AMEC, AREVA, AWE, EDF, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, the National Nuclear Laboratory, Rolls-Royce and Sellafield Ltd.

    The first intake of students for this new programme will begin in September 2014 and will include between 14 and 18 fully funded PhD studentships across universities involved in the Nuclear FiRST partnership. Key features of the Next Generation Nuclear CDT programme:

    • Flexibility for students to choose their own PhD research project
    • Well-resourced studentships over four years (rather than three) to enable a broad knowledge of nuclear science to be acquired over the course of the programme
    • Access to world-class facilities
    • Industrial focus in a programme of personal and professional skills training
    • Strong links to the UK nuclear industry, including Rolls-Royce, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and the National Nuclear Laboratory
    • Options to take secondments in industry and attend international conferences.

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  • EPSRC CDT in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing

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    This centre's objective is to produce research leaders who can lead additive manufacturing and 3D printing to a prominent role in manufacturing.  It aims to provide the people and talent to tackle the major scientific and engineering challenges needed to fuel this new industrial revolution. These challenges encompass a wide range of scientific disciplines from chemistry and physics to computer science, engineering and bio-materials in order for AM and 3DP to be successfully adopted as a technology that can enable almost every sector of society and business i.e. aerospace through to medicine.

    The distinguishing features are its four-year duration with specific training in AM and 3DP methods and techniques, increased stipend, a specific link with industrial partners and the requirement that some of the time (a minimum of three months) is spent conducting research in industry.

    The CDT is backed by the EPSRC Centre of Innovative Manufacturing in AM, and brings together the UKs foremost AM research institutions (Nottingham, Loughborough, Liverpool and Newcastle) to generate the next leaders of this exciting technology.

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  • Wellcome Trust Clinical 4-yr PhD Programme in Global Health

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    One of five centres in the UK offering the Wellcome Trust Clinical PhD Programme, a flagship scheme supporting the most promising medically qualified clinicians wanting to undertake rigorous research training. The Centre appoints three Clinical PhD Fellows every academic year. This programme aims to address the serious health problems faced by developing countries, offering a broad scope of issues ranging from biomedical through to health policy sciences. The programme offered is a 4-year PhD, generally started after around 5-years postgraduate training.

    A Clinical PhD Programme fellowship provides funding to support the following:

    • A clinical salary
    • Fees for first year training and PhD registration in subsequent years
    • Research expenses in years 2-4
    • Overseas allowances for the period a Fellow is based overseas
    • One year spent in Liverpool with the following three spent in a low middle income country (L-MIC).

    During years 2-4 you will work in a L-MIC completeing your research project, before returning to the UK to complete and defend your PhD thesis.

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  • Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

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    The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation is the only centre of its kind in Europe and is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund. It brings together the expertise, resources and global contacts of Lancaster University and the University of Liverpool, together with international commercialisation consultancy Inventya Ltd. SME-led collaborative R&D partnership with two world-ranking universities underpin the development of new products, processes and services for the global marketplace, which by virtue of their use, manufacture, raw materials, reuse or disposal, deliver positive environmental impacts.

    Working with 50 businesses that have a clear and original concept which forms the basis of a collaborative research and development project with either Lancaster University or the University of Liverpool. The graduates use these collaborations as the basis of a PhD programme of study and are supported by senior academic members of staff, all internationally-recognised experts in their fields. We are particularly working with businesses which have ambitious plans for major export markets.

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  • CESRC – Data Analytics and Society

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    Data Analytics and Society is an ESRC funded Centre for Doctoral Training providing postgraduate research and training across 4 Universities:

    • University of Leeds
    • University of Liverpool
    • University of Manchester
    • University of Sheffield

    The CDT encourages significant advances which bring together social science with methods from computing, mathematics and the natural sciences.

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  • ESPRC – DTP

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    EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships fund doctoral training in UK Research Organisations. They are flexible awards to support doctoral training in any areas of engineering and the physical sciences with relevance to the EPSRC remit.

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  • Leeds-Liverpool-Newcastle-Sheffield MRC DTP Discovery Medicine North (DiMeN)

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    Utilising the combined expertise of four world-leading institutions, the Discovery Medicine North (DiMeN) partnership will train the next generation of researchers to tackle the major health problems facing the population.

    The partner institutions (Universities of Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield) are core members of the Northern Health Sciences Alliance, which confronts stark North-South disparities in the rates of chronic disease, poor health and early death in a population of >15 million.

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  • MRC/Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA)

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    The MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA), is a collaboration between researchers and clinicians at the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield and Newcastle. Established in 2012, CIMA aims to understand why our bone, joints and muscles function less well as we age, and why older people develop clinical diseases of these musculoskeletal tissues, such as arthritis or osteoporosis.

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  • STFC DTP

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    Departments eligible for an STFC studentship quota are those with core research activity in the areas of astronomy, solar system science, particle physics & nuclear physics.

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  • STFC – Liverpool Big Data Science (LIVDAT) CDT

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    The Liverpool Big Data Science (LIVDAT) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) will be a hub for training students in managing, analysing and interpreting large, complex datasets and high rates of data flow.

    The CDT promises a unique training approach addressing some of the biggest challenges in data intensive science to tackle a growing skills gap.

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  • ERDF – Low Carbon Eco-Innovatory

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    The Low Carbon Eco-lnnovatory (LCEI) is a project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) delivered by Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Liverpool and Lancaster University.

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  • Newcastle-Liverpool-Durham BBSRC DTP

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    This partnership provides an opportunity for the next generation of young researchers to address outstanding scientific questions in the biosciences.

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