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Centres for Doctoral Training

We offer a range of opportunities for doctoral students within Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs).

What is a Centre for Doctoral Training?

CDT programmes are an opportunity for PhD students to study at centres of excellence.

Centres aim to train tomorrow's leading researchers to address science related problems for the benefit of society.

Doctoral Training Programmes (within CDTs) provide structured PhD training.

There is a focus on multidisciplinary challenges in modern science, with groups of doctoral students working as a group in a defined scientific area.

How long does a CDT programme last?

Each programme varies in structure, but usually lasts for four years.

You’ll have opportunities to learn theoretical and experimental skills through lectures and laboratory rotations during the first year.

During the four years, you’ll develop expertise in a particular topic but with the excitement of working in multidisciplinary environments.

If you’d prefer to undertake a standard PhD degree course we offer a number of funded opportunities across a range of disciplines.

Funding for CDT programmes

Each Centre for Doctoral Training offers a number of 4 year funded integrated PhD studentships.

Partner Centres for Doctoral Training

This is a fully funded 4-year PhD studentship for graduates in physical science subjects, food science, mathematics or engineering.

The programme allows you to take part in a training programme and choose from research projects across the full range of science for Soft Matter and Functional Interfaces.

With a PhD project, international and industrial experience, business awareness and transferable skills training, you’ll be among the most employable UK postgraduates in the soft matter field.

The SOFI CDT gives you industrially-integrated, postgraduate training in research, enterprise and innovation for future leaders in the soft matter industrial sector.

SOFI CDT combines expertise from Durham, Leeds and Edinburgh universities, industry and central facilities.

Details of all University of Leeds Centres for Doctoral Training can be found on the University website.